If you are rolling along the southern U.S. highways this fall and see a huge bus with a buff Clay Travis on it, don’t be alarmed. The imagery is all part of the plan for Fox Sports’ unveiling of the Outkick college football bus tour.
Travis is taking his talents on the road during weekends in the south this fall as he interviews top players, coaches, and fans for weekly segments on Fox Sports’ college football pregame show, Big Noon Kickoff. The segments are also airing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd and Outkick.com.
“Every week, the biggest game in college football, in the south, we’re gonna have the Outkick cruiser,” Travis said on Fox & Friends. “It’s gonna be like the Madden mobile back in the day. A huge bus, awesome tailgates, Fox Sports pregame show, and Fox News, plus a documentary about southern tailgating and the experience of southern football for Fox Nation.”
Fox purchased Outkick Media in June of this year. The outlet founded by Travis serves audiences with sports, opinion, politics, and pop culture content across its radio, podcasts, online and social outlets.
“It’s going to be a wild fall,” Travis declared. “I know people need some fun and we’re going to be a big part of it at Outkick with you guys and all of Fox.”
The “Clay Caravan” gets rolling on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., when the Clemson Tigers battle the Georgia Bulldogs.
“We are starting off with the biggest game of them all on opening weekend in college football, the Georgia-Clemson game,” Travis said. “Then on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Texas is joining the SEC, and they’re getting an early preview of that on the road in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and then we’re going down to Gainesville, Florida for Alabama against Florida.”
Russ Heltman is a daily news writer for BSM. He is the morning host and producer for 89.3 WMKV in Cincinnati, OH. He also works in gameday communications for FC Cincinnati and additionally contributes to the AllBengals blog for Sports Illustrated. Russ can be found on Twitter @RussHeltman11 or you can reach him by email at Heltmandm@yahoo.com.
NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.
The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.
Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.
ESPN Asked NHL For More Games on Linear TV
“It’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure.”
The 2021-2022 NHL season was the first of a new media rights deal that saw the league’s games air nationally on ESPN and TNT.
The 2022-2023 season will see more games on linear television, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says that’s from ESPN’s insistence.
When asked by Sports Business Journal‘s Alex Silverman about a noticeably larger linear television schedule for the upcoming season, Bettman said “We’re happy to have it, but it’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure. Although, last year and the way things were balanced was a terrific year for us. Ratings were up, viewership was up, connectivity on all platforms for our fans was up. And ESPN and Turner have done an incredible job, and we’re grateful to be with them.”
Last season, ESPN and ABC only aired 28 games on linear television, 18 airing on ESPN or ESPN2 and 10 on ABC. 75 regular season games were exclusive to ESPN+ and Hulu.
This year, 52 games will air between the two networks with 37 games on ESPN or ESPN2 and 15 games on ABC. The Walt Disney Company has exclusive rights to 103 NHL broadcasts during the 2022-2023 season, including the opening night double header, the All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game, and the NHL Stadium Series.
FOX Ends MLB Regular Season Coverage With Highest Audience of Season
FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves).
FOX’s regular season coverage of MLB ended so strongly that it featured the best Saturday night baseball telecast on the network all season.
FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves). The Mets-Braves series was a battle of two teams trying to win the National League East division.