Last night Ben Roethlisberger played what is assumed to be his final game in Heinz Field. Roethlisberger walked out of the tunnel to a special ovation, heard the roar of the crowd when he kneeled in victory formation, and had an emotional post-game interview.
Everyone was praising Big Ben and his legendary career including the Monday Night Football Broadcast crew.
A part of Roethlisberger’s legacy that was not touched on specifically were the sexual assault allegations made against him earlier in his career.
Roethlisberger was accused once in 2008 and again in 2010 of raping women. The first was settled out of court in 2012 and the criminal charges were not pursued in 2010 due to the Baldwin County district attorney claiming at the time they “don’t have enough evidence to prosecute.” He was however, suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
These allegations, although never charged, became a major part of the Steelers QB’s reputation in the minds of many. Due to multiple Super Bowls and the continued winning of the franchise others seem to overlook them. As Roethlisberger aged, his image also changed along with fans’ opinions of him. He grew into the living legend type role as he remained in the league even in his older age.
Every now and then opposing fans or markets will bring up these accusations. 700 WLW, a sports radio station in Cincinnati, once ran a “Big Ben warning” for women in 2016.
During the MNF broadcast, as the announcers were praising the quarterback, the allegations seemed to be the elephant in the room. While it may have been uncomfortable to mention, Brian Griese did say this, “Ben was immature at times,” said Brian Griese during the broadcast. “He made mistakes. And this fan base loves him and will always support him.”
Many viewers did not respond well to the comments and believed Roethlisberger was being wrongly admired. They were upset that he seemed to be being treated like a hero while they believed he should be looked at in less appreciation.
While it should again be noted that he was never charged with any crimes, these allegations are in fact something that will always be attached to the legacy of the Steelers’ QB.
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
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.