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Jackie MacMullan Announces Retirement

“From headline columns on ESPN.com to countless appearances on SportsCenter. ‘Jackie Mac’ has been there every step of the way to inform sports fans.”

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One of basketball’s guiding lights is retiring from ESPN at the end of the month. The network announced Jackie MacMullan is calling it a career after 40 years covering the NBA and sports at large.

ESPN hired Jackie MacMullan as a senior writer in 2010 after a storied career covering the Boston Celtics for the Boston Globe. She got her start at the newspaper in 1982 and covered events outside of the hardwood like the 1986 World Series, the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals, and the 1988 Olympic Games.

ESPN featured MacMullan across their various platforms. From headline columns on ESPN.com to countless appearances on SportsCenter and Around the Horn. “Jackie Mac” has been there every step of the way to inform sports fans.

“I feel fortunate to have collaborated with so many incredibly talented people during my 10-plus years at ESPN,” Jackie MacMullan said in a statement released by ESPN. “Sometimes, you just know when you’re ready to dial it back, and this is the right time for me. I’m grateful for the memories, but especially for the friends, I’ve made along the way. Thank you to my ESPN colleagues for all of your support.”

Outside of writing, Jackie MacMullan is most well known for her almost 900 appearances on Around the Horn. The final time she appears on ESPN as an employee is fittingly during the show’s Aug. 31 episode.

“Jackie is a trailblazer not because she was one of the first women covering sports or the NBA,” ESPN senior deputy editor Christina Daglas said. “Rather, Jackie is a trailblazer because people talked about her without mentioning sex or gender. It was about the work, an incredible catalog of work, that has appeared on every ESPN platform. Simply put, Jackie is one of the greatest journalists ESPN has ever seen. And she did it all while providing mentorship to both editors and writers, ensuring whether she meant to or not, that pieces of her will remain here long after she exits.”

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Cris Collinsworth Wonders If Tom Brady Knows Broadcasting Is a Hard Job

“It’s a seven day a week job. For somebody that has reached where he’s reached in the NFL and made that kind of money, I’m honestly really surprised.”

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Many in the sports media industry were surprised by the news that Tom Brady will join FOX Sports as the lead NFL analyst when he eventually decides to end his playing career. That includes the current lead analyst of NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecasts, Cris Collinsworth. 

“I’m a little surprised,” he said on the latest episode of The Cris Collinsworth Podcast. “There’s no amount of money they could throw at him that would have influenced him. He’s going to still be working weekends for half the year no matter what it is.” 

Collinsworth mentioned that he hears from most people and they ask him what the TV life is like when they are thinking about getting into the industry. Tom Brady was not one of those people. He hopes the GOAT knows what he is in for.

“It’s hard. I’m working on the airplane when I’m flying home from the other game. I’m working on the next game. It’s a seven day a week job. For somebody that has reached where he’s reached in the NFL and made that kind of money, I’m honestly really surprised. I guess the money now has gotten to the point where it’s of interest to everybody.” 

While some might be unsure about how Brady will do in the FOX NFL booth with Kevin Burkhardt, count Collinsworth in as one of those people who think Brady will do a great job.

“I think he’ll be fantastic. Every conversation I have ever had with him about the game of football, you always go oh, I didn’t know. He’s always been pretty open and honest with us. He has a real personal side to the game…He’s got it all, but I’ve got to say I am surprised.”

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Sunday Night Baseball Viewership Up On ESPN

“Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers.”

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The first month of the 2022 MLB regular season has concluded and ESPN is celebrating an uptick in viewership for Sunday Night Baseball.

The network announced on Tuesday that viewership for Sunday Night Baseball is up 4% compared to this time last year. In addition to that, compared to the 2020 full season average, ratings are up 40%.

Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers. The Dodgers/Cubs game on May 8 averaged 1.781 million and peaked at over 2.1 million viewers during the 8-8:15 p.m. window.

Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and David Cone comprise the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth, with Buster Olney contributing reports.

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Nickelodeon Gets Christmas Day NFL Game

“This will be the network’s first regular season game.”

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The NFL’s Christmas triple header will include a little slime this year. The afternoon game between the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos will be simulcast on CBS and Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon has ramped up its NFL presence each year since 2020. The network has aired a kid-friendly broadcast of a Wild Card Round playoff game each of the last two seasons. Last year’s tile between the 49ers and Cowboys drew an audience of 41 million.

Before the start of last season, the studio show NFL Slimetime debuted. This will be the network’s first regular season game.

Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm Eastern on Christmas Day. No details of what Nickelodeon’s coverage may include are available yet. Nate Burleson, Noah Eagle and Nickelodeon star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green have been on the call of the network’s previous NFL broadcasts.

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