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Joe Buck: Everyone Wants To Talk To Me About Field Of Dreams Game

“mentioned that more people talk to him about that event than anything else he has done in his illustrious career.”

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Since he began working at FOX in 1994, Joe Buck has called so many memorable games and events. This month, he had the opportunity to be the play-by-play voice for The Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox that was well-received by many people. 

Buck was a guest on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina and he mentioned that more people talk to him about that event than anything else he has done in his illustrious career.

“I think baseball, FOX, everyone involved, the state of Iowa was proud of that whole experience with the Field of Dreams game. I’ve had more comments on that in the week since than anything I’ve done in a long, long time. I feel like everybody I know in my life, in fact, people I don’t know want to come up to me and tell me how cool that was.”

One of the things that stood out to Buck in Iowa was the amount of equipment that FOX used to produce the game.

“It was the night before the game, getting there to go through the rehearsal and what Kevin Costner wanted to do and seeing the truck compound. It had as much equipment in the truck compound as any US Open I ever did, which had at least 3-4 times more equipment than any Super Bowl I’ve ever done. I said to one of the guys, is FOX paying for all this? It was a big, big production that had a lot of moving parts to it.

“I walked through the scaffolding and bleachers that they had constructed and walked onto that field and saw what it looked like and I was stunned…It was pretty breathtaking to see the extent to which they paid tribute to that movie and how excited the players were and these two teams were to even be there.”

In addition to calling the game, Buck had another role for the event and that was helping Kevin Costner figure out what he wanted to do for the event as Costner trusted Buck to lead him in the right direction.

“He said ‘I don’t want to throw out the first pitch. I want to make this feel cinematic’. I said ‘Well, everyone is piggybacking off your movie. Do what you want. This should be your call’. He was very particular the way he wanted it done and was confiding in me to try to help him get it done. FOX was on board and then getting MLB on board was pretty easy. What you saw was exactly what Kevin Costner wanted to do.” 

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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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