Peyton and Eli Manning are earning mostly praise for the first ever Manningcast of Monday Night Football. ESPN will bring the brothers back for nine more NFL games this season and one writer at Barstool Sports has suggested that it shouldn’t stop there.
“Peyton and Eli Manning’s Monday Night Football broadcast was one of the best viewing experiences I’ve ever had watching football,” wrote Big Tennessee, Fantasy Football Factory co-host and commissioner of the Barstool Fantasy League. “It was so much fun.”
As the name implies, Big Tennessee is a southerner. Just like the Manning family, he has deep SEC ties. Big Tennessee is from Georgia and is a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers.
He writes that ESPN would be smart to take advantage of the family’s association with two SEC schools and launch a special, college football edition of the Manningcast.
“I have a request: PLEASE have these two call Tennessee-Ole Miss on October 16. I’ve never wanted to watch a football game more than that game called by Peyton and Eli.”
Peyton Manning played his college football at Tennessee. He was a consensus All-American in 1997 and wrapped up most of college football’s major quarterback awards that year. While Manning was in Knoxville, the Vols ended a nine-year winless streak against rival Alabama and clinched their first SEC title in seven years.
Eli Manning played at Ole Miss, following in their father Archie’s footsteps. He won most major quarterback awards in the 2003 season. He was also second-team All American and first team All-SEC.
CBS still has the SEC’s primary broadcast rights this season. While that network gets the first pick of games, it is likely it would let Ole Miss vs. Tennessee go to one of the ESPN networks. Florida vs LSU or Auburn vs Arkansas are more likely in CBS’s crosshairs for October 16.
Big Tennessee writes that it should be easy enough to make this happen. The Manning brothers are already under contract. It would just take the two sides coming together to agree on a price to add an eleventh game to their current agreement.
“Just call a quick audible, toss each of them an extra couple hundred grand and watch the ratings for this game skyrocket,” Big Tennessee writes. “The people are demanding it.”
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.
Stephen A. Smith To Charles Barkley: ‘I Worry Because You’re Big’
“You’ve always been big. But now you’re bigger.”
ESPN host Stephen A. Smith is concerned about his friend Charles Barkley.
Barkley, while in Dallas with TNT for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Mavericks and Golden State Warriors, Barkley hopped on a horse. The clip Stephen A. used in his ESPN+ show Stephen A’s World showed Barkley needing assistance by handlers to get off the horse.
Stephen A. was astounded.
“Ain’t no way Charles Barkley needs that much help getting off the horse,” Smith said. “But he did – he did!”
Smith then used the closing seconds to express his concern about Barkley’s size.
“I worry about you cause you’re a big boy,” he said. “You’ve always been big. But now you’re bigger.”
Barkley hasn’t had any publicized major health incidents stemming from his weight, but still Stephen A. was hopeful his friend might take some time and initiative to work on cutting a few pounds.
“Let’s address that, because I need you around,” Smith said. “I love you bro.”
NFL Considers Ending Pro Bowl Amidst Low Ratings
“Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports the future of the Pro Bowl was discussed on Tuesday during the owners’ meetings in Atlanta.”
The NFL is obsessed with TV ratings. It isn’t a surprise that the league may not be willing to tolerate the Pro Bowl underperforming for much longer.
In 2022, the NFL’s all-star game produced it’s lowest ratings in 16 years. Fewer that 7 million people tuned in to watch the game across ABC, ESPN and DisneyXD.
“The (Pro Bowl) game doesn’t work,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday after the owners’ meeting in Atlanta. “We need to find another way to celebrate the players.”
There are two proposed alternatives that have been reported. The Washington Post says the league is considering launching a seven-on-seven competition. It would not include tackling or full clocks. The other report comes from Ian Rapport of the NFL Network. He says the league is considering hosting a series of skills competitions over the course of what would be branded an all-star week. The NFL has partnered with DirecTV in the past to present similar events during Super Bowl Week.
No details have emerged or final decisions made. Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports the future of the Pro Bowl was discussed on Tuesday during the owners’ meetings in Atlanta.