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Joe Buck Happy To Call All Star Game In Person

“I want to see everything. I’ve done games remotely where there’s a ball on the field, where did that come from? If the camera is not showing it, you are just guessing.”

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Tonight, the 91st MLB All-Star Game will take place at Coors Field in Colorado. Joe Buck and John Smoltz will be on the call for the event that hasn’t been played since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be fans in the stands and it will feel like somewhat of a normal atmosphere. 

While Buck was playing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe last week, he took the time to join the Green Light with Chris Long podcast. The two went over what happened in Seattle last week when Yankees radio announcer John Sterling did his home run call that was actually replay of a previous home run due to having to call the game remotely from Yankee Stadium. 

Buck sympathized with the decision. He noted that announcing games remotely has been challenging.

“I’ve done games remotely now and while there are benefits of getting in your car and going home from a studio and not dealing with traffic after a game, you don’t want to be that myopic with your view,” Buck told Long. “I want to see everything. I’ve done games remotely where there’s a ball on the field, where did that come from? If the camera is not showing it, you are just guessing.” 

Not everyone can tell when Buck, Smoltz, or any other broadcaster is working from a remote studio. Joe Buck says he has been calling games long enough to pick up on some major audio differences when a broadcast team is in the booth versus when they are not.

“We have audio mics all over the stadium…There’s also a lot of natural crowd noise that comes out of the mic that is right in front of my face. A lot of times you can hear when an analyst or play-by-play guy hits the kill switch on the mic. Part of the audio goes out. I can almost hear someone sound like they were removed from actually being immersed in the stadium. I didn’t love it.

“I couldn’t really tell with the level of play-by-play or analysis if they weren’t there or not, but it just was a sound thing. You just have to be really careful and you have to take your time and you can’t jump the gun.”

With fans now back in the stands, Buck makes it a point to use the crowd noise in his broadcasts as much as he can. Some people may think he doesn’t care, but as he told Long, it is exactly the opposite: 

“I ride the crowd noise as much as I can. I don’t feel like there’s anything more important that needs to come out of my mouth right now than listening to a great crowd. A lot of the times people say he’s too nonchalant, he doesn’t care. It’s actually the opposite. I would rather you hear the crowd and make you on the couch feel like you are there than just me dominate and talk wall-to-wall. I don’t feel the need to say anything other than put a stamp on what just happened and then shut up and let the crowd go crazy.”

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Erin Dolan Returns To ESPN As Sports Betting Analyst

Dolan will contribute sports betting content across a variety of programs and platforms.

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently said that the company has found there is a broader acceptance of sports betting among the general public, and now they are ramping up their sports betting personalities at the company with a familiar face.

ESPN has reached a multi-year contract with sports betting analyst Erin Dolan. Dolan had a previous stint with the company in 2017, and is set to return as a sports betting analyst for her former employer.

Erin Dolan took to social media to express her excitement for her second stint at the company.

She will contribute sports betting content across a variety of programs and platforms. She will be a regular on daily sports betting news and information programs, Daily Wager, ESPN Bet and the Daily Wager podcast, among others. She is set to make her debut this week on Daily Wager.

Prior to rejoining ESPN, Erin Dolan was on-air talent at FanDuel and PointsBet, creating sports betting content across their social channels and various programming.

She also co-hosted a weekly YouTube and Twitch show, “Girls Who Bet,” was part of B/R Betting’s, “The Group Chat,” and hosted “The Early Line” weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET on SiriusXM.

“During the time I was in college and an active ESPN intern, sports betting was not a career path a broadcast professional would even think of pursuing. It was just too niche,” Erin Dolan said.

“Fast forward more than four years later, sports betting content is exploding and I am entering the doors of ESPN once again, but this time as a sports betting analyst. I am thrilled that I get the opportunity to grow my career at ESPN and I am so grateful they are betting on me.”

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2021 Most-Watched College Football Season Ever For FOX

“And with the advent of streaming, FOX is seeing gains there too..”

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FOX Sports has been a college football broadcast rights holder going on 15 years now. In recent years, it seems like the network has really hit its stride in terms of programming, getting fans and viewers ready for its slate of games dubbed “Big Noon Saturday.”

In 2019, the network began an effort to essentially compete with ESPN staple College GameDay by debuting its own pre-game show named Big Noon Kickoff.

FOX Sports on Wednesday reported that the efforts to make its college football pre-game show appointment programming have been paying off.

Big Noon Kickoff averaged 1.383 million viewers in 2021, which the network says is up 15% over its debut season in 2019.

In terms of game viewership, FOX says its broadcast window is also up double digits, 13%, from 2019. The network reports 2021 is its most-watched regular season ever, averaging almost 4 million viewers.

And with the advent of streaming, FOX is seeing gains there too. A sign college football fans everywhere are embracing the product the network is putting together each season.

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Duke and Gonzaga Turn In Big Ratings For ESPN

“An average audience of 2.79 million tuned in to see the game.”

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Conventional wisdom says that it isn’t basketball or hockey season until football is over. That is probably still true, but on Friday night ESPN proved that if you get big name programs with some star power together, college basketball can hang any time of the year.

Duke’s win over Gonzaga brought more eyeballs to ESPN’s coverage of early-season college basketball since 2018. An average audience of 2.79 million tuned in to see the game. That is the largest audience for a college basketball game played before New Year’s Day since the same two teams met in the finals of the Maui Invitational three years ago and drew 2.85 million viewers.

The real win is that the game outrated a college football game on the same night. ESPN’s coverage of NC State’s win over North Carolina only drew 2.68 million viewers. It is an added bonus that Duke can hold over their Tobacco Road rivals.

Before the game, Duke was ranked #5 and Gonzaga was ranked #1. After, Duke rose to #1. Since then, the Blue Devils fell to Ohio State and likely will drop in next week’s rankings. Still, every Duke game this season will come with a little extra attention. This is the final season with the legendary Mike Krzyzewski on the Duke bench.

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