ESPN celebrated the comeback of the NHL on the network by bringing back a classic segment. Network legend Chris Berman showed up on SportsCenter earlier this week to share his ten favorite nicknames for current NHL players.
He started the segment by remembering the late Tom Saunders and Tom Mees, two staples of ESPN’s hockey coverage in the past, who have both since passed away.
“I know they are looking down smiling down on us saying, you are going to get to talk hockey again!” said Chris Berman about his late colleagues.
Some of Berman’s favorite current nicknames in the NHL included Braden ”Don’t” Point, Evgeni ”Chocolate” Malkin, Max ”Pumpkin” Pacioretty, Connor ”Goliath” McDavid and Mark-Andre ”Snow” Fleury.
In January 2017, ESPN announced that Chris Berman would be stepping down from several NFL-related roles at the network, but this segment could be hinting that Berman may have a limited role in the company’s NHL coverage.
ESPN begins their coverage of live NHL games Tuesday night for the season-opening doubleheader on October 12th.
The 2021-2022 season will showcase 103 exclusive regular season games across ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu and ABC. In addition, more than 1,000 out-of-market games will be available on ESPN+.
Beginning October 12, ESPN, ESPN+ and Hulu become the destination for Tuesday night hockey throughout the regular season.
ESPN+ and Hulu will also showcase an exclusive game every Friday night until January, then every Thursday night for the remainder of the regular season. ABC will regularly carry Saturday games beginning in February.
Amazon Eyeing Troy Aikman For Thursday Night Football
McCarthy’s source describes Michaels and Aikman as Amazon’s “TNF dream team.”
If Amazon gets its way, Troy Aikman and Al Michaels will be in the booth for Thursday Night Football next season. The digital giant is set to take over exclusive broadcast rights to the property next season.
Amazon’s interest in Al Michaels has been known for some time. Michael McCarthy first reported that the company wants to hire Aikman on Tuesday.
Troy Aikman has been Joe Buck’s partner on FOX since 2002. They have been heard on FOX’s America’s Game of the Week package as well as Thursday Night Football. They have also called six Super Bowls together.
McCarthy’s source describes Michaels and Aikman as Amazon’s “TNF dream team.” In order to make it happen, Amazon may have to lure Aikman away from FOX.
A FOX rep told McCarthy that the network does not comment on “the status of talent contracts.”
The New York Post reports that Michaels is a virtual lock to end up at Amazon. Before the news about Troy Aikman came out, the paper speculated that Cris Collinsworth and Drew Brees are possible candidates to join him.
ABC Scores Biggest College Football Weekend Since 2016
“The triple-header started with Michigan’s win over Penn State, which is the most-watched noon game of the season for ABC.”
Executives at ABC and ESPN are loving their networks’ performance with college football fans this season. What they saw on Saturday must have them jumping for joy. ABC didn’t just have its most-watched Saturday of the season, it had attracted more viewers than any college football weekend since 2016.
The triple-header started with Michigan’s win over Penn State, which is the most-watched noon game of the season for ABC. With an average of more than 5.9 million viewers, it was the most-watched game of the day, peaking at 8.7 million.
Ohio State’s demolition of Purdue picked up more than 4.7 million viewers. It is the network’s most-watched game in the 3:30 window since week 1.
With Notre Dame’s win at Virginia averaging over 3.3 million viewers, the entire triple-header averaged 4.7 million viewers. That is double-digit year-over-year growth compared to both 2020 and 2019 and the best viewership for an ABC triple header since rivalry week of 2016.
Michelle Beadle: I’ve Been Giving Opinions To Walls For 800 Days
“After my last gig I had one rule and that was do what I want with people that I like, no more jerks.”
Former ESPN personality Michelle Beadle is back and she wants everyone to know it on her new podcast, What Did I Miss? with Michelle Beadle. The first episode dropped this week, and Beadle talked about what she was up to while she was away.
“I have missed a lot, I have kinda been sitting back for 800 days giving my opinions to walls because my friends don’t care about sports and neither does my family. Nobody really cared what I had to say so in between knitting and buying toilet paper I was just mumbling a lot of opinions to the ether,” said Beadle on her time away from sports media.
Michelle Beadle talked about her move to The Athletic, saying “I ended up at The Athletic because when I think of serious journalism I think of The Athletic and myself. To me it was just a match made in heaven. After my last gig I had one rule and that was do what I want with people that I like, no more jerks.”
One of the many things that Beadle discussed had started since she has been away is the alternate Manningcast Monday Night Football telecast, which she had some high praise for.
She also went on to talk about her unread text messages that she has on her phone, and one of them was from her former colleague at ESPN Bob Ley.
“People from the outside think that Bob Ley is someone who is super serious because he is one of the pillars of SportsCenter. While we worked together on SportsNation I would just tell stories and crack jokes to everyone in the newsroom and all of the sudden Bob Ley who I also thought was super serious joined in on the jokes. I just loved Bob so much.”
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