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Notre Dame Win Is Most Watched College Football Game Of 2020

“The game overtakes Alabama’s October 17 victory over Georgia for the top spot. That game drew 9.61 million viewers, making it the only game to that point to get more than 7 million viewers.”

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There was a huge gap between the most watched and second most watched college football game of 2020 prior to Saturday. Now, the gap is considerably narrower, but there is a new game at the top of the heap, as Notre Dame’s upset of top ranked Clemson becomes the first college football game of the year to surpass 10 million viewers.

The game overtakes Alabama’s October 17 victory over Georgia for the top spot. That game drew 9.61 million viewers, making it the only game to that point to get more than 7 million viewers.

NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame and Clemson getting the ratings win is especially impressive given the circumstances of the game. The victory speeches from President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris were carried live by NBC. That pushed a portion of the Tigers and Fighting Irish’s game to the USA Network. It appears college football fans were largely unaffected by the move.

November 7 turned out to be a pretty good day for college football, as CBS’s coverage of Florida’s win over Georgia drew 6.34 million pairs of eyeballs. That was good enough to rank fourth overall for the season.

GameDateNetworkViewers
1. Clemson-Notre DameNov. 7NBC10.07 million
2. Georgia-AlabamaOct. 17CBS9.61 million
3. Ohio State-Penn StateOct. 31ABC6.53 million
4. Florida-GeorgiaNov. 7CBS6.34 million
5. Nebraska-Ohio StateOct. 24Fox6.18 million
6. Tennessee-GeorgiaOct. 10CBS5.77 million
7. Michigan-MinnesotaOct. 24ABC5.12 million
8. Alabama-Ole MissOct. 10ESPN4.89 million
9. Texas-OklahomaOct. 10Fox4.81 million
10. Texas A&M-AlabamaOct. 3CBS4.76 million

COVID-19 has taken a big bite out of the college football schedule in 2020. It has also caused a dent in viewership, like just about every other sport. When fans have tuned in in 2020, it has been to watch the biggest brand names in both teams and conferences.

It will be interesting to watch viewership as the year goes on. With so many games struggling to reach usually attainable plateaus, it isn’t hard to think that Clemson and Notre Dame may stay on top of the ratings chart for the rest of the regular season, although plenty of major rivalry games and top ten matchups are still on the horizon.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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