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Joe Buck To Get Jeopardy Try Out This Summer

“Buck’s Jeopardy! trial is expected to air mid-summer according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, and should have no impact on his broadcast schedule with FOX.”

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As Aaron Rodgers’ two-week run hosting Jeopardy! comes to an end, The New York Post reports Joe Buck will be the next sports personality to give the game show gig a try. 

There isn’t much left for Buck to accomplish as a broadcaster. But at just 51 years old, he still has plenty left in the tank for new ventures, and Jeopardy! could be a good fit. So far, Ken Jennings, Katie Couric and Dr. Oz have also had trial runs on the game show, with Anderson Cooper beginning his stint this week. 

As a broadcaster, few people are better than Buck at knowing when to let the game breath and allowing its emotion to shine in big moments. That same mentality might prove successful while hosting the famed game show. Jeopardy! doesn’t need a comedian or boisterous personality to take over, rather the show needs to find its complimentary piece. 

In 1994, at the age of 25, Buck became the youngest person to broadcast a schedule of NFL games. He’s been the top NFL broadcaster for FOX since 2002 and their voice of the World Series since 1996. 

Buck’s Jeopardy! trial is expected to air mid-summer according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, and should have no impact on his broadcast schedule with FOX. 

Joining St. Louis’ 590 The Fan for an interview in 2016, Buck surprisingly discussed the possibility of retiring from the World Series after the 2019 season. But in 2018, he signed a three-year extension with FOX, keeping him as their lead voice for the NFL and MLB through 2022. He hasn’t stated plans beyond 2022 or said if retirement is again on the table. But trying out with Jeopardy! shows Buck has career interests away from sports.

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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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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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