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John Madden Found Out He Was In The Hall Of Fame From TV

“I look at John because I have the remote and I say what do you want me to do? He said just leave it.”

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Before Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Rich Eisen was able to announce who made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Some of the names that were a part of that class were Troy Aikman, Harry Carson, and the great head coach and broadcaster, John Madden.

Usually, when someone announces news like that, they figure that people like Madden know they have received the prestigious honor already. Well, that was not the case here. 

On Thursday’s edition of The Rich Eisen ShowFred Gaudelli, the executive producer for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, joined the show and talked about one of his favorite John Madden stories. It occurred the day before Super Bowl XL when Gaudelli was producing Monday Night Football for ABC. While Gaudelli, Madden, and the broadcast crew were in the Steelers locker room, they were unable to find out if Madden made the HOF.

“He was told he would be called by 1 PM if he got elected to the Hall of Fame. It was now 2 something in the afternoon and he had not received a call. We were in the bowels of Ford Field and no one really had cell service, so his agent kept walking out. No calls,” said Gaudelli

“We hang up with Cowher and I just turn on the TV and there you are and literally as the TV comes on, you are saying and now the Class of 2006. I look at John because I have the remote and I say what do you want me to do? He said just leave it. You said Troy Aikman, Harry Carson, John Madden. When you said John Madden, our room exploded.”

As you could imagine and see in the clip, that was hard for Eisen to imagine that he was the first to inform Madden of his induction.

“Fred, I’ve got to be honest with you. I’m getting emotional hearing this because I didn’t know until right now that I literally informed John Madden he was going to the Hall of Fame. I assumed the information I was dispensing that day that the phone call had already been given to him.” 

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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