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ESPN2’s Marvel Broadcast Tops Network’s Other Alternate Feeds

The alternate broadcast brought in 274,000 viewers on ESPN2.

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ESPN teamed up with Marvel this past Monday for their ‘Arena of Heroes’ special broadcast to produce successful ratings. ESPN2 carried the superhero-themed broadcast, notching 274,000 viewers for the Marvel telecast. That’s a jump from the audience for ESPN’s ‘Statcast’ broadcast of an April 25 Padres-Dodgers game, and it outdrew ratings for a gambling-themed telecast of the April 14 Nets-Sixers game with the ‘Daily Wager’ crew.

Ryan Ruocco, Richard Jefferson, and Angelique Roche called the event from a separate studio. The broadcast pitted three of each team’s best players against each other to be the inaugural Marvel Champion. Draymond Green won the title by amassing 48 ‘Hero Points.’

“This is incredible. I was excited about this game,” Green said in a postgame interview on ESPN. “I’ve got three kids, two that understand Marvel, and they’re watching. I was really excited about this game, and I’m happy I won this.”

The ESPN traditional game broadcast still dominated its little brother in the ratings with 1.12 million viewers. On ESPN2, Ruocco and his colleagues had their fun weaving Marvel-themed references into the show. 

Another addition was the graphics package, which followed all six key players on the court with their ‘Hero Points’ and had shot-specific visuals. Dunks were hammered home by a ‘HULK SMASH,’ while each team had their emblem pop above the rim after a made basket. The assigned Marvel heroes weren’t hard to find cheering their team on virtually throughout the arena as well.

The broadcast even looped in an interview with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie.  He is a well-known New Orleans sports fan who lives in the city. A ten-minute conversation with a movie star during a crucial late-season NBA game showed how ESPN tried to set this telecast apart. 

Plans for another Marvel-themed broadcast have not been announced.

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Laura Rutledge Celebrates Chemistry Of NFL Live

“It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”

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Laura Rutledge is very happy with where NFL Live is as the current lineup gets set to enter its third season together. She told The Big Lead that there is genuine chemistry between herself, Marcus Spears, Mina Kimes, and Dan Orlovsky and that is why she doesn’t feel the need to emulate any of sports television’s many debate shows.

“You don’t want to see people yelling at each other all the time and I’m really proud of the chemistry that we have struck and just letting that breathe on air and having so much fun. It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”

The 2022 NFL season will have a very different feel for ESPN. The addition of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for Monday Night Football adds new expectations to the network.

Rutledge said that the attention on the network means that she and her colleagues have to raise their respective games, but that shouldn’t be hard. There is always material to work with in this league.

“We’ve seen this offseason, we saw the previous offseason, how the NFL news cycle never stops. It’s funny because the news cycle becomes such a big piece of the story, but we’re like, we can’t wait for the games,” she said.

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Arizona Cardinals To Be Featured On Hard Knocks In Season

“This will be the first time the franchise has ever been featured on an edition of Hard Knocks.”

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HBO and NFL Films are headed to the desert. The league announced on Monday that after an off-season full of headlines and roster speculation, the Arizona Cardinals have been picked as the focus of the second edition of Hard Knocks In Season.

It has been an interesting few months in Arizona to say the least. The acquisition of Hollywood Brown on Draft Night came after months of speculation about how happy quarterback Kyler Murray is to be on the roster. Add to it a disappointing ending to a 2021 season that started with so much promise, and there are plenty of storylines to zero in on before a game is even played.

This will be the first time the franchise has ever been featured on an edition of Hard Knocks.

Filming is set to begin midseason with the show debuting on HBO and HBO Max in the back half of the 17 game schedule.

Hard Knocks In Season debuted last year. The Indianapolis Colts were the focus of the first edition of the show. The Hard Knocks franchise debuted in 2001. Seventeen editions of the preseason version of the show have already aired. The Detroit Lions will be the focus of an 18th which is set to debut in August.

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Adam Amin Explains Why Cannot Use Twitter Like He Used To

“I got tired of leaning on other people for my own self-value and that was a hard thing to come to terms with.”

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For many in the sports media industry, Twitter is necessary to stay updated on the latest news. Some choose to use it to interact with their audience. However, reading feedback from others you don’t know can sometimes be a drain on your mental health. 

Adam Amin, who became the voice of the Chicago Bulls on NBC Sports Chicago in 2020-21 to go with announcing NFL and MLB games on FOX in recent years, he chose to stop interacting on Twitter nine months ago. 

He shared that information with Mike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman on an episode of the GoJo with Mike Golic Jr. podcast. Amin talked about how he would go on Twitter and search for his name to see what people would say and that had a big effect on how he viewed himself.

“I got tired of leaning on other people for my own self-value and that was a hard thing to come to terms with. Once I figured that out and said let me disconnect from this completely and see if it affects me at all, I think it has. I still get frustrated, I still see tweets and I miss the interactions.” 

“I’ve avoided seeing replies that are nice because I don’t want to lean on it too much to make myself feel better. I need to get that from actual people. I need to get that from a different source. It doesn’t mean I’m right and you’re wrong, it doesn’t mean Twitter is a bad place, it doesn’t mean I won’t come back, maybe I will. I couldn’t deal with it at that point in my life when I was dealing with a new job on FOX, 2 big sports, calling MLB playoff games, calling NBA for the third-largest market in the country.”

With that being said, Amin understands that people are entitled to their opinions on things. However, he doesn’t feel that people are meant to absorb the amount of criticism that social media can bring your way when you’re in the public eye.

Amin said he still checks Twitter, but he only goes there to look at information and does not reply back to anyone.

“I can’t stop using it. It’s the greatest information curation tool in the history of the planet,” he said. “I can’t stop using this app because it makes my job a hundred times easier. Maybe if I stop interacting with it completely, maybe I’ll see it for what it is. It’s user-sensitive. You get out of it what you put into it.”

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