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MSG Networks, Caesars Sportsbook Launching ‘One Course with JB Smoove’ Series

“Watch me on ‘One Course with JB Smoove’ as I indulge in my two favorite things – eating, talking and laughing… Wait, that’s three!”

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MSG Networks is giving viewers a chance to all be Caesars. (Just like Cooper Manning, Caesar’s favorite.) MSG Networks and Caesars Sportsbook are partnering on a new interview series featuring Caesar himself (at least for the sportsbook’s current ad campaign), actor and comedian JB Smoove.

One Course with JB Smoove, Presented by Caesars Sportsbook premieres Friday, Feb. 25 at 11 p.m. ET. Smoove will sit down for a meal with a special cast of guests, including celebrity athletes, actors, comedians, and musicians over 12 episodes. Each episode will air after an MSG Network New York Knicks or New York Rangers telecast.

Friday’s premiere features Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson as the guest. A second episode will debut Sunday, Feb. 27 at 11 p.m. ET with Eli Manning sitting down with Smoove.

The entire lineup of One Course with JB Smoove, Presented by Caesars Sportsbook is as follows:

  • Friday, February 25 Kenan Thompson
  • Sunday, February 27 Eli Manning
  • Wednesday, March 2 Tracy Morgan
  • Sunday, March 6 CC Sabathia
  • Tuesday, March 8 Susie Essman
  • Friday, March 11 Roy Wood Jr.
  • Tuesday, March 15 Richard Kind
  • Wednesday, March 16 Heidi Gardner
  • Tuesday, March 22 Judy Gold
  • Friday, March 25 Fat Joe
  • Monday, March 28 Tina Fey
  • Tuesday, March 29 Henrik Lundqvist

Caesars Sportsbook branding will be prominently featured throughout the show, naturally, and “Betting 101” segments with brand ambassador Kenny Mayne will also be included in each episode.

One Course with JB Smoove provides us another opportunity to entertain and story-tell,” said Caesars Digitial chief marketing officer Sharon Otterman.

“When we partnered with MSG Networks, our goal was to create compelling content to entertain and delight sports bettors across New York state. We always knew that having JB Smoove (aka “Caesar”), an incredible guest list and a talented production team come together would create engaging content to captivate New Yorkers.”

The dinner interview series is something of a revival for Smoove, who hosted Four Courses with JB Smoove on MSG Networks for four seasons, beginning in 2013.

Each episode of One Course with JB Smoove will also be available via streaming on MSG GO, in addition to MSG Networks. The network’s website, YouTube channel, and social media platforms will also feature additional content each week.

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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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. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

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.

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