After Monday Night Football on ESPN, people look forward to SportsCenter With Scott Van Pelt and hearing Van Pelt and Stanford Steve Coughlin breakdown all of the “Bad Beats” of the weekend across sports. As sports gambling continues to grow in the country, people look to that segment to see the craziest finishes that affect who will win money off a wild finish and who ends up losing money in an instant.
On the latest episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, Stanford Steve joined Jimmy Traina to talk about Bad Beats and he said that it’s fun to see people react to the segment on social media every week and how much it has grown.
“If you’ve been there, you’ve been there. It’s so funny because with social media now and the reaction you get. I’ll send a clip out when I get it from my people and a lot of people, that’s the way they see it now…The younger demo with gambling opening up everywhere, people are getting more invested. You can tell it’s their first time being a part of it and there’s nothing like it.”
According to Steve, Bad Beats was originally a segment on ESPN Radio when he was with Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo. That experience is what cemented the idea that the segment needed a visual element.
“In radio, we would just read a game recap story and it just didn’t have it. People wanted to be on it and they would call and be like did you see Iona the other night? It was just kind of tough to do.”
As far as how much planning goes into the segment now, Steve said that there is an afternoon ZOOM call and sometimes they have to narrow down almost a half-hour of video after a list is formed from social media and show staff suggestions. Plus, it is a segment that is not rehearsed.
“We watch the clip in our office when we get into work. We don’t say anything, we just watch it just to get names down. We want to try to be as correct as we can with people. This is their one time on there. We want to make sure to get their names right. Last week, we watched it one time through the clip in the office and then we went down and we did it.
“We’ve been doing them live lately because of the NFL games going long. That’s got to be our, they call it the accordion segment, where we can make it as short or long as we can. There’s no rehearsal. I just think it is over 10 years of knowing each other and the disgusting thing of he and I is most of the time, we have watched these games live.”
Even though the segment isn’t rehearsed, the amount of entertainment, humor, and knowledge Van Pelt and Stanford Steve bring to that segment make it a must-watch on a weekly basis.
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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC
“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”
ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.
ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.
This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.
Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.
“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”
ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.