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Mina Kimes, Kyle Brandt Auditioned For Roles On ManningCast

After trying out Mina Kimes and Kyle Brandt as potential hosts, Andrew Marchand reports ESPN is forgoing a host for Manning Monday Night.

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It was announced earlier this summer Peyton and Eli Manning will host an alternative broadcast of Monday Night Football on ESPN2. The ManningCast figures to give viewers at home a peak into a different type of booth that boasts a pair of quarterbacks each equipped with two Super Bowl titles, as well as a pairing that features a mix of love and vitriol harbored in their younger years under the same roof. On Tuesday, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post confirmed Michael McCarthy’s report that no one else will join the Mannings in the booth, a decision reached by the brothers and the network.

Jimmy Traina of SI reported ESPN’s own Mina Kimes and NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt both tested as potential hosts, only for ESPN to ultimately decide to go with no formal host in the booth. The interviews make sense as the Mannings are football savants as well as notorious goofballs, and both Kimes and Brandt are capable of in-depth football coverage as well as lighthearted jovial banter.

Earlier this month, Kimes’ former colleague Dan Le Batard tweeted after a bit of tequila that “they need to be smart and put (Kimes) in the Monday Night Football booth because (her) analysis is better than anyone’s and no one cares more about football or is better on football than (she is).”

While not needing a host, there is no word yet on whether or not Archie Manning will be there to mediate.

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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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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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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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