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Ryan McGee: I Can’t Talk To Most People About College Football Or Star Wars

“McGee appropriately name-dropped a little bit to drive home his point with included a nod to his Marty & McGee co-host, Marty Smith.”

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ESPN’s Ryan McGee appeared on the Rule The Galaxy podcast last week and discussed some of his higher and lower-level conversations with college football and Star Wars fans.

McGee is a huge fan of the movie franchise and chopped up a bunch of different topics on the podcast.

“It’s like talking about football,” McGee said. “My brother and I talk about this all the time. You get on a plane, and the guy next to you says, ‘Oh, I’m a huge college football fan,” and then when you really start talking with them, you realize; you’re operating on a different level than they are.”

McGee correlated the realization to Star Wars and dove deeper into his meaning with the Rule the Galaxy crew and 104.5 ESPN’s T-Bob Hebert, who is a huge fan of the franchise himself.

“They like going to games, but they have no idea what an RPO is,” McGee continued. “So, you can’t talk about it. So, with Star Wars…T-Bob, the first time I ever did one of your shows, and you asked a question—I went, “oh, ok.’ I got some guys in Omaha that I do shows with all the time, and we do spoiler warnings. Like now, we are going to talk about the movie we just saw, and it’s liberating to be able to talk about it.”

McGee appropriately name-dropped a little bit to drive home his point with included a nod to his Marty & McGee co-host, Marty Smith.

“I can’t sit on a bus with a bunch of country music guys that Marty’s introduced me to and go, ‘Hey, Luke Combs, where are you on Rey?’ But then it’s awesome when you find out that they dig it.”

McGee just signed a new deal at ESPN after starting there in the mid-90s. Disney does own ESPN and Star Wars—maybe McGee worked a pair of premier tickets to the next movie into his deal.

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Peacock Will Stream July 3rd Royals-Tigers Game Without Announcers

Instead or traditional play-by-play and color analysis, the broadcast will feature something “completely different,” as Sam Flood, NBC Sports executive producer puts it. The broadcast will show reporters that will take fans around the ballpark and view the game from different vantage points.

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On July 3rd, the Detroit Tigers will play host to the Kansas City Royals. That division battle will air on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock. That game will also air without any announcers.

Instead or traditional play-by-play and color analysis, the broadcast will feature something “completely different,” as Sam Flood, NBC Sports executive producer puts it. The broadcast will show reporters that will take fans around the ballpark and view the game from different vantage points.

“The whole idea of this is treating a game completely different. We’re going to take you out to the ballpark,” said Flood. “We just want to be the ultimate fan’s experience and spend it like anyone else. It’s an American holiday celebration weekend. We’re going to lean in and treat baseball like fans do.”

Ahmed Fareed, MLB Sunday Leadoff host and in-game reporter will be part of the game. He will be joined by Bally Sports Detroit analyst Craig Monroe and NBC Sports’ Britney Eurton.

It’s not the first time that networks have attempted to do a game telecast without traditional announcers. TNT attempted “players-only” broadcasts a few years ago, but stopped doing them shortly after due to the lack of interest in the format, to be kind.

“One of our goals for the Peacock game has been to celebrate the game and the players and everything that makes the sport special. So for this game that kind of gives us an opportunity to celebrate everything that makes baseball special off the field,” Fareed said.

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BetMGM Agrees to Become Exclusive Sportsbook of the The BetQL Network

The partnership is an exclusive multi-year agreement that significantly expands the current relationship between BetMGM and Audacy. The BetQL Network launched in June of 2021 and has expanded from two markets to 31 markets.

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On Monday, a partnership between BetMGM and The BetQL Network was made official. It was announced that BetMGM will become the exclusive sportsbook of the network, owned by Audacy.

The partnership is an exclusive multi-year agreement that significantly expands the current relationship between BetMGM and Audacy. The BetQL Network launched in June of 2021 and has expanded from two markets to 31 markets.

“We are delighted to expand our strategic partnership with BetMGM, highlighted by their new exclusive position with the BetQL Network,” said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Audacy. “Barely a year old, the BetQL Network has a bright future ahead of it as legalized sports betting continues to expand over the next decade.”

BetMGM will have category exclusivity of the network’s full slate of programming, including flagship program You Better You Bet, commencing in September.

BetQL Network’s weekly lineup will distribute approximately 100 hours of original content per week on the Audacy and BetQL digital platforms. Audacy will also produce content for live audiences at various MGM Resorts across the country who will host the network inside of BetMGM sportsbooks.

“We’re excited to further our strategic partnership with Audacy and to bring our market-leading sports betting and gaming entertainment content to millions of listeners nationwide across the entire BetQL Network platform,” said Matt Prevost, Chief Revenue Officer, BetMGM.

BetMGM hasn’t been shy in attempting to increase their market share. They announced earlier this month that they have partnered with Carnival to offer sports betting on select cruises ships.

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Aqib Talib, Andrew Whitworth Expected To Join Amazon’s Thursday Night Football

Talib and Whitworth are expected to be a part of the studio team but will not be analysts as the desk. They will contribute in other portions of the Amazon studio and produce other NFL content.

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The roster is continuing to load up for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football broadcasts. Two more recent retirees are expected to be a part of the games’ coverage. Aqib Talib and Andrew Whitworth are the two former players expected to sign on soon.

Talib and Whitworth are expected to be a part of the studio team but will not be analysts as the desk. They will contribute in other portions of the Amazon studio and produce other NFL content.

An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment.

Talib retired in 2019 after his last season with the Los Angeles Rams. Whitworth retired after this past season after winning the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams.

So far, the reported crew is Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth, Charissa Thompson (reported, not confirmed) to host the “studio” desk, Tony Gonzalez will be on the desk as well as will Richard Sherman and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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