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Michael Eaves To Take Over For Tom Rinaldi On ESPN’s Masters Coverage

“Eaves has been a part of the Masters coverage on the network since 2017, serving as the host for SportsCenter’s coverage of the event on-site.”

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ESPN’s coverage of the Masters will begin on April 8. Since ESPN got the broadcast rights to the 1st and 2nd rounds, fans have been used to seeing Tom Rinaldi do the post-round interviews with the players. 

With Rinaldi now working for FOX Sports, ESPN will have Michael Eaves conduct the post-round interviews this year. Eaves has been a part of the Masters coverage on the network since 2017, serving as the host for SportsCenter’s coverage of the event on-site. 

“I’ve played golf since I was a kid. My father brought me into the game and some of my early golf memories were he and I sitting down to watch this event,” he said this week during an appearance on The Fairways Of Life With Matt Adams Golf Show.”For me to be a part of the telecast, just the first time going down there doing stuff for SportsCenter was one of the most heartfelt moments of my career in terms of appreciation for someone to include me on that. To take over the role Tom Rinaldi had for us… this is totally one of those pinch me moments that I will be involved with the Masters telecast.”

During this interview, Adams wanted Eaves to talk about the process of doing post-round interviews with players right after they sign their scorecard and what is his philosophy on how to conduct those interviews.

“It’s very simple. I pay attention. You have to pay attention to what had happened prior to that person coming to you to speak. Two, pay attention to the person’s body language, how he/she comes to that immediate environment. Sometimes you need to speak to them in a certain way to make it less tense, it all depends on the situation. You can ask a great first question, but if that first answer takes you better than where your second question was going to, you have to pay attention. If you do that, all of your interviews should be successful.” 

For Eaves, it is another milestone to add to his career as he has been at ESPN since May 2015. It is big shoes to take the place of Tom Rinaldi, but Eaves has a passion for golf and the Masters, which should make for some strong post-round interviews for fans to enjoy. 

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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