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Maria Taylor Not Leaving ESPN Before End Of NBA Finals

The “NBA Countdown” host’s contract expires on Tuesday.

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There won’t be a mid-series switch for NBA Countdown after all. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that Maria Taylor and ESPN have agreed to a “mini-extension,” allowing her to finish out the 2021 NBA season before deciding to stay with the company long term.

ESPN did not offer a statement to Marchand but the host is expected to be at her normal spot on the broadcasts for Games 6 and 7 on Tuesday and Thursday.

All of this as rumors swirl surrounding the rising stars’ next move in the industry. The Post also reported last week that NBC is eyeing Taylor to be a marquee addition to their sports department. The prevailing thought was to add her to NBC’s Olympic lineup if she bowed out of ESPN the day her contract expired on July 20. 

Maria Taylor could still bolt for NBC if they make the right offer, but the “mini-extension” might delay her first appearance on NBC airwaves. Leaving for NBC could mean she takes over for Mike Tirico as the face of their studio sports coverage. Tirico signed with NBC to eventually replace Al Michaels as the voice of Sunday Night Football.

With Amazon and NBC striking a new deal for production on Thursday Night Football, those days could be coming sooner rather than later. Amazon has made it well known they desire to pair Michaels with another heavy hitter for instant credibility in their streaming-only booth, starting in 2022.

As for Taylor’s current role on NBA Countdown, the team is missing one of its playmakers in Jay Williams, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced mild symptoms while quarantining in a Milwaukee hotel room.

Unfortunately, Williams will not be on site for any more Finals games as the sports media world awaits Taylor’s next move in the industry.

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Greg Olsen To Partner With Kevin Burkhardt For Super Bowl LVII

“Last season was the first Burkhardt and Olsen worked together. They largely won rave reviews.”

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The deal isn’t done yet, but Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that Greg Olsen is on his way to joining Kevin Burkhardt in the top NFL booth at FOX. Although Tom Brady will take over that role after he retires and leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Olsen will spend at least this season on FOX’s A-Team.

Last season was the first Burkhardt and Olsen worked together. They largely won rave reviews.

Earlier this year, the former Panther told The Mac Attack on WFNZ in Charlotte that he was disappointed he didn’t get to call a postseason game. He will more than make up for that in 2023. As Burkhardt’s partner, Olsen is in line to be the analyst for Super Bowl LVII.

Marchand writes that we could get a taste of what is to come in February. He speculates that if the Buccaneers are not in the Super Bowl, it is possible Tom Brady could make his FOX debut, either in the booth alongside Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen or as part of the network’s studio show.

Now, FOX has to make a decision about it’s number 2 NFL booth. According to Marchand, Drew Brees is a candidate to be the analyst. Adam Amin and Joe Davis have emerged as candidates for the play-by-play role.

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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