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Patriots Win In Snow, Most Watched Monday Game Since Week 1

The network is up season-to-date for their Monday Night Football product, with it averaging 13.2 million viewers a game, up 11% from 2020 and 4% from 2019.

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This week’s Monday Night Football game may not have seen the greatest conditions to play, but it didn’t stop fans from watching at home on ESPN.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football Week 13 presentation featuring the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills this past Monday delivered an audience of 14,970,000 viewers across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes as fans at home watched the historically windy game in Western New York.

The 14.9 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN2 is Monday Night Football’s best audience since this year’s season opener matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Ravens. This is also the best audience that ESPN has seen on Week 13 year-over-year since 2013.

ESPN has to be happy with their viewership so far this season. The network is up season-to-date for their Monday Night Football product, with it averaging 13.2 million viewers a game, up 11% from 2020 and 4% from 2019.

1.63 million viewers tuned into the Manningcast alternate feed. This number is up from their last appearance in Week 11 of 1.575 million viewers. Peyton and Eli now hold ESPN’s record for the seven most-watched alternate telecasts.

Monday Night Football was the most-watched telecast of the night among households, viewers for all key demos: Men 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54 as well as persons 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 on ESPN.

Next week’s MNF broadcast will be without the Manningcast, as they will be on a hiatus until week 17, where the Cleveland Browns take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was hinted that Aaron Rodgers will be a guest on the cast, so we will have one more chance to see if the Manningcast curse will take another victim.

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Dwayne Johnson Reveals His $30 Million T Rex Skull On Manningcast

“Due to the worldwide web, viewers were able to discover Stan the T-Rex was sold for over $30 million in 2020.”

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One of the most recognizable and famous men on the planet joined Peyton and Eli on Monday Night Football’s “ManningCast” last night.  Dwayne “The Rock Johnson” was a fantastic guest, especially considering the game itself was not particularly interesting.  The Rams essentially dominated the game with the Cardinals not being able to get out of their own way at times.

However, some viewers were much more interested in the background of Johnson’s screen than they were with the game.  It looked as though “The Rock” had his own rock, that was actually a large dinosaur skull.

In time Johnson was asked about it. He told the Manning brothers the skull was named Stan and it is the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever to be excavated by a paleontologist.

If anyone were to have a house ornament like this it makes sense that Johnson is the one to have it casually sitting behind him.  Thanks to the worldwide web, viewers were able to discover Stan the T-Rex was sold for over $30 million in 2020. Per National Geographic:

“Now, an auctioneer’s hammer has thrown Stan’s future into question, with the dinosaur bones sold off to the highest—and, so far, anonymous—bidder, stoking fear among experts that this beloved T. rex may be lost to science.

On October 6, the London-based auction house Christie’s sold the T. rex for a record $31.8 million, the highest price ever paid at auction for a fossil.”

It looks like all of that Fast and Furious money can get you some pretty cool stuff.

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Carton & Roberts: Could Mike Mayock’s Failure Hurt Louis Riddick?

“The firing of Mayock brings a plethora of questions that were discussed on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts.”

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Mike Mayock was fired by the Las Vegas Raiders from his general manager position on Monday.  Mayock spent just three seasons with the Raiders, but it was certainly an eventful ride.

Besides the issues with Jon Gruden and his e-mails that ensued this season, Mayock himself also made some poor decisions when it came to top draft picks.  The Raiders ended up cutting two of Mayock’s first round picks, Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette, as a result of their actions off the field.

The firing of Mayock brings a plethora of questions that were discussed on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts

What next step does Mayock make?  Could he try to go back to NFL Network, or would he take another job as an executive?

Carton & Roberts pointed out that Mayock may have a little “stink” on him if he were to try and go back to television as a draft expert seeing as he essentially failed at that position for an NFL team. 

While the stink may wear off if Mayock were to lay low for a while, it could also make it difficult for other television personalities to be hired by NFL front offices.  Louis Riddick, of Monday Night Football, has apparently shown interest in front office positions.  Craig Carton hypothetically asked if Mayock’s failure have a ripple effect on tv personalites in the same way Urban Meyer’s failure could have a ripple effect on NFL teams hiring college coaches?

Other than trying to go back to television, it is also possible Mayock goes for a lower-level position in the NFL.  It will be interesting to see how the NFL’s teams and networks respond to Mayock’s availability.

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Apple Has Up To $200 Billion For Live Sports

“NFL Sunday Ticket is among the big players that could be up for purchase, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.”

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It’s been an ongoing rumor that Apple is looking to get into the live sports realm, and it appears that’s getting closer to becoming a reality.

MacRumors on Monday reported a recent investor note sent out by the tech giant indicates the company is itching to spend a chunk of its $200 billion on its balance sheet on live sports.

NFL Sunday Ticket is among the big players that could be up for purchase, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. NASCAR and the NBA also potential areas of interest, in addition to college sports offerings from the Big Ten, Pac 12, Big East and Big 12.

Apple TV+ currently doesn’t have any live TV programming offered, and with the focus on original programming, the service could bring in an influx of new subscribers if it managed to land a top-tier product.

MacRumors also noted that Apple is in talks with Major League Baseball to potentially have rights to games. With baseball in a lockout, there’s no telling where discussions stand.

But at this point, Apple likely feels like they’re a step behind other streaming giants like Amazon. And with cash burning a hole in their wallet, landing Sunday Ticket or the NBA could level the playing field.

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