Marquee Sports Network is adding a couple more former Chicago Cubs to its pre- and post-game coverage for the upcoming season.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times‘ Jeff Agrest, Cliff Floyd and Cameron Maybin will contribute to the network’s studio coverage. Cubs fans might point out that neither broadcaster played a full season for the team, not that such a thing matters when it comes to analysis and commentary.
Floyd played 108 games for the Cubs in 2007. He batted .284 with a .795 OPS, nine home runs, 10 doubles, and 45 runs batted in. Maybin had a much shorter stint with the team, appearing in 18 games after being acquired from the Detroit Tigers during the 2020 season. He compiled a .250 batting average, .669 OPS, four doubles, five RBI, and three stolen bases.
Maybin is a broadcasting rookie, but is scheduled to call 40 games for the New York Yankees’ YES Network as an analyst this season. Play-by-play broadcasters Michael Kay and Ryan Ruocco both spoke highly of Maybin’s performance during game auditions.
Floyd has 12 years of experience as a broadcaster, beginning with Fox Sports Florida and moving up to national telecasts on Fox. He has also called New York Mets broadcasts for SNY and provided analysis for Toronto Blue Jays coverage on Sportsnet. Floyd is a co-host on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio and Fantasy Sports Radio, while also appearing on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight studio show.
No word on whether Floyd and Maybin will replace any of the analysts who have been part of Marquee Sports Network’s studio coverage. The network has employed a deep cast of rotating analysts during its first two seasons on the air. Among those contributing include Ryan Dempster, Ryne Sandberg, Rick Sutcliffe, Mark Grace, Dan Plesac, Sean Marshall, Lou Piniella, and many more.
Sunday Night Baseball Viewership Up On ESPN
“Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers.”
The first month of the 2022 MLB regular season has concluded and ESPN is celebrating an uptick in viewership for Sunday Night Baseball.
The network announced on Tuesday that viewership for Sunday Night Baseball is up 4% compared to this time last year. In addition to that, compared to the 2020 full season average, ratings are up 40%.
Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers. The Dodgers/Cubs game on May 8 averaged 1.781 million and peaked at over 2.1 million viewers during the 8-8:15 p.m. window.
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and David Cone comprise the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth, with Buster Olney contributing reports.
Nickelodeon Gets Christmas Day NFL Game
“This will be the network’s first regular season game.”
The NFL’s Christmas triple header will include a little slime this year. The afternoon game between the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos will be simulcast on CBS and Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon has ramped up its NFL presence each year since 2020. The network has aired a kid-friendly broadcast of a Wild Card Round playoff game each of the last two seasons. Last year’s tile between the 49ers and Cowboys drew an audience of 41 million.
Before the start of last season, the studio show NFL Slimetime debuted. This will be the network’s first regular season game.
Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm Eastern on Christmas Day. No details of what Nickelodeon’s coverage may include are available yet. Nate Burleson, Noah Eagle and Nickelodeon star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green have been on the call of the network’s previous NFL broadcasts.
Kentucky Derby Rebounds With 16 Million Viewers
“The Derby saw its best numbers since 2019 on Saturday. The audience peaked at 19 million.”
The Kentucky Derby has now eclipsed 15 million viewers in each of the last eight years that the event was not effected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. An average audience of 16 million tuned in Saturday to see longshot Rich Strike win the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
The Derby saw its best numbers since 2019 on Saturday. The audience peaked at 19 million.
During the weekend, the event kept finding new life on social media. According to an NBC Sports press release, the overhead shot of the final call drew big audiences across a number of the network’s digital platforms, having been viewed in total more than 36 million times.
Peacock also cashed in on the event’s success. The streaming platform posted an average minute audience of over 247,000 viewers during the Kentucky Derby.