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Neil Everett, Ashley Brewer Sign Extensions With ESPN

Everett is staying in LA, While Brewer is moving back to the west coast from Connecticut.

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ESPN has finalized their new Los Angeles SportsCenter anchor team.

The network announced that Neil Everett and Ashley Brewer have signed new contracts. Everett won’t be going anywhere as the longtime anchor continues his role on the late-night SportsCenter with Stan Verrett. Linda Cohn will also help round out the anchor lineup in La La Land.

For Brewer, it’s somewhat of a homecoming for the anchor and SportsNation host. The former University of Southern California swimmer grew up in Scottsdale, AZ, but stayed in Los Angeles after school and worked as a weekend host and anchor for ABC7.

Brewer has experience covering all kinds of events, including the World Series, Super Bowl, and Bachelor Winter Games on ABC.

Everett has called LA home since ESPN opened up permanent studios there in March 2009. An ESPN employee since 2000, Everett sharpened his craft on the Hawaiian Islands. The anchor worked for 15 years at various stations in Honolulu and even dipped his toes into the college administration field.

Everett was the assistant athletic director and sports information director at Hawaii Pacific University. He grew up in Spokane, Wash., and is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

The news means one of ESPN’s longest-running anchor duos isn’t going off the air anytime soon. Verrett recently signed a new deal, and now his on-air compatriot has as well. The two have been hosting SportsCenter in Los Angeles together since 2009.

“I’m excited to continue what we have built on SportsCenter from Los Angeles,” Verrett said when he signed his new deal. “I feel a real sense of mission about our show, having been there from the beginning. We will keep doing our best to bring fans the most comprehensive highlights and insightful analysis, in an informative and entertaining manner, on every show. Let’s go!”

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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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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