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Andrew Marchand Predicts Drew Brees & Mike Tirico Will Call Super Bowl In 4 Years

“NBC is locked in with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth as their lead broadcasters for Sunday Night Football and the Super Bowl during the upcoming NFL season, but Mike Tirico and Drew Brees are looming.

Brees officially retired from the NFL and joined NBC as an analyst earlier this month. The network plans to feature him on Football Night in America and alongside Mike Tirico for their coverage of Notre Dame football. But according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, the network’s plans are likely mapped out even further.

Joining The Colin Cowherd Podcast on The Volume network, Marchand expressed that it’s reasonable to expect Tirico and Brees will be on the call for NBC’s next Super Bowl telecast in four years.

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Cowherd asked if he should read into whether NBC’s addition of Brees means the network views him as the future of their NFL coverage alongside Tirico. “Yeah, 100 percent that’s what you should read into it,” Marchand said.

“NBC won’t say that, but NBC is doing something smart in terms of you bring Brees in, he does Notre Dame, see if he’s good and then you can elevate him. But I think that can go pretty quickly if he is good because that’s kind of their new team, and then they can work toward that next Super Bowl with Drew Brees and Mike Tirico,” Marchand continued. “I think there’s a very good chance not this Super Bowl, next year NBC has it, but the following one four years from there that Tirico and Drew Brees would be the people.”

Contrasting the notion of Brees being hired with eyes on the Sunday Night Football booth, NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood recently said the network plans to have Collinsworth in that seat for a long time. But “a long time” is vague, and with Michaels contract set to expire next year, change in the booth seems forthcoming.”

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NBC is locked in with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth as their lead broadcasters for Sunday Night Football and the Super Bowl during the upcoming NFL season, but Mike Tirico and Drew Brees are looming. 

Brees officially retired from the NFL and joined NBC as an analyst earlier this month. The network plans to feature him on Football Night in America and alongside Mike Tirico for their coverage of Notre Dame football. But according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, the network’s plans are likely mapped out even further.

Joining The Colin Cowherd Podcast on The Volume network, Marchand expressed that it’s reasonable to expect Tirico and Brees will be on the call for NBC’s next Super Bowl telecast in four years. 

Cowherd asked if he should read into whether NBC’s addition of Brees means the network views him as the future of their NFL coverage alongside Tirico. “Yeah, 100 percent that’s what you should read into it,” Marchand said. 

“NBC won’t say that, but NBC is doing something smart in terms of you bring Brees in, he does Notre Dame, see if he’s good and then you can elevate him. But I think that can go pretty quickly if he is good because that’s kind of their new team, and then they can work toward that next Super Bowl with Drew Brees and Mike Tirico,” Marchand continued. “I think there’s a very good chance not this Super Bowl, next year NBC has it, but the following one four years from there that Tirico and Drew Brees would be the people.”

Contrasting the notion of Brees being hired with eyes on the Sunday Night Football booth, NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood recently said the network plans to have Collinsworth in that seat for a long time. But “a long time” is vague, and with Michaels contract set to expire next year, change in the booth seems forthcoming.  

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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