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TV Networks Have Eyes On Phillip Rivers

His personality on the field would be entertaining and his football IQ would be a treasure to learn from.

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Philip Rivers has an enormous decision to ponder this offseason. He is scheduled to meet with Indianapolis Colts team brass to discuss his on-field future.

On the other hand, TV executives are very interested in the veteran quarterback who doesn’t curse. Some suits above have said Rivers has the potential to be the “next” Tony Romo in the broadcast booth.

The 17-year veteran signed with the Indianapolis Colts last year on a one year deal. Rivers led the Colts to a Wild Card berth. They lost to the Buffalo Bills 27-24 last weekend.

“It’s not that easy (of a decision),” Rivers said in a postgame conference when asked if he wanted to come back for year 18.

Colts head coach, Frank Reich has voiced support for him to be back under center in Indianapolis for year 18.

His personality on the field would be entertaining and his football IQ would be a treasure to learn from. Of course, Rivers may not be interested in either option. He previously signed a contract to be the first every head football coach at St. Michael’s Catholic High School in his native Alabama upon his retirement.

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After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.

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After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.

However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.

Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.

The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.

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ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take

ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.

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First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.

ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.

This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.

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Field Yates Re-Ups With ESPN

After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

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After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

Yates, 35, would have been a valuable target for FanDuel or DraftKings, surmises Andrew Marchand of The New York Post — who first reported the news — due to his large following on Twitter.

Yates, who also works as a host of Fantasy Football Now and NFL Insider for the network, across multiple platforms including ESPN Radio, will continue in those roles in addition to an assumed expansion of fantasy football duties after Berry’s exit.

He has worked for ESPN since 2012.

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