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NBC: Drew Brees Not Replacing Cris Collinsworth Anytime Soon

“NBC has featured Al Michaels and Collinsworth on Sunday Night Football since 2009.”

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Drew Brees’ media career with NBC Sports is officially underway after the former Super Bowl winning quarterback announced his retirement from the NFL last week.

As his tenure with NBC kicks off, Brees is scheduled to work in the studio for Football Night in America and as a game analyst for Notre Dame football, also making network appearances for special events such as the Olympics or Kentucky Derby. 

When the hire was announced, many thought NBC was stashing Brees away for when the network parts with their lead Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth. Some believe Brees could replace Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth as soon as 2022. 

But during a 30-minute news conference on Wednesday, NBC Sports’ executive producer Sam Flood quickly dispelled the notion that Brees was with the network to replace Collinsworth

“Cris remains among the best to have ever done it, and the plan is to have him in that chair for a long time,” Flood said. “So the opportunity down the road is not something we’re looking at right now.”

NBC has featured Al Michaels and Collinsworth on Sunday Night Football since 2009. And with a minimum of one year remaining for the longtime broadcast pairing, Flood’s comments on Collinsworth were somewhat predictable. 

But Michaels’ contract is set to expire in 2022 and play-by-play voice Mike Tirico is expected to step into the Sunday Night Football booth. If this is his last season with NBC, a Super Bowl year would be a great parting gift. Meanwhile Brees will be working alongside Tirico for NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame football, making him a seemingly obvious choice to also be his TV partner for Sunday Night Footballfollowing a season of practice together. 

Brees could take a game or two away from Collinsworth, just as Tirico did last season when he gave Al Michaels the occasional breather. Publicly, NBC Sports’ executive producer stated Collinsworth doesn’t have to worry about losing his job to Brees anytime soon. But it’s hard to imagine a network being able to justify paying an elite play-by-play voice like Tirico and a beloved Hall-of-Fame quarterback in Brees to sit on the bench for long.

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”

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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”

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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’

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First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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