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Fox Sports Radio Hosts Say Notre Dame Win Good For College Football Ratings All Season

“While not citing the ratings directly, Fox Radio host Jonas Knox and former Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn say the game helped Notre Dame’s status as a national brand.”

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Not only was Notre Dame’s win over top ranked Clemson big for the Fighting Irish, vaulting them to #2 in the latest AP rankings, it was also a boon for NBC in the ratings. The double-overtime classic drew an average of 9.44 million according to the Nielsen Ratings. Those numbers make it the most watched Notre Dame game on NBC since the infamous “Bush Push”  (where USC running back Reggie Bush pushed quarterback Matt Leinart into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown) game in 2005. That contest drew an average of 10.1 million viewers.

The high numbers come despite game coverage being preempted by President–Elect Joe Biden’s victory speech from 8:27 to 8:57 p.m. During that time, game coverage switched to the USA Network. Viewership reached its peak when 14.1 million viewers tuned in to the second overtime to see Notre Dame seal the 47-40 victory. Currently, the game is the second most watched game this season, just behind Georgia versus Alabama on October 17th (an average of 9.61 million viewers) though it is expected to pass that mark once the “Out of Home” numbers are reported later in the week.

While not citing the ratings directly, Fox Radio host Jonas Knox and former Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn say the game helped Notre Dame’s status as a national brand.

“You have Notre Dame fans all across this country because of NBC,” Knox said. “It’s the same kind of phenomenon with Cubs and Braves fans spread out all over because of WGN and TBS before the regional sports networks took over. But Notre Dame is still a National brand and the result (beating Clemson) was not only good for Notre Dame, it was good for college football. It puts new blood in the National Championship conversation.”

Quinn agrees, adding that Notre Dame has struggled to stay relevant in recent seasons.

“There were a few games during the Manti Teo era that were good,” Quinn said. “But I would say this was the biggest Notre Dame game since the “Bush Push” (which Quinn played in) and then you have to go all the way back to (upsetting #1) Florida State (1993).”

“Clemson and Notre Dame could meet two more times, in the ACC Championship and the college football playoffs,” Quinn continued. “I hope it happens because I have heard a lot of Clemson fans say, ‘yeah but we didn’t have Trevor Lawrence’. Well, unless something happens, you are going to get your chance and if Clemson wins, I could see them both getting in the playoffs and playing again.”

Unfortunately for NBC, if that scenario plays out, they would miss out on the ratings bonanza because their contract with Notre Dame only covers regular season games. The ABC family of networks owns the rights to the ACC championship game and the college football playoffs.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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