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Leila Rahimi Named Full-Time Sports Anchor at NBC 5 Chicago

Rahimi becomes the first woman to be a full-time sports anchor at the station.

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Leila Rahimi is breaking another barrier in Chicago sports media. As reported by Robert Feder, the TV and radio personality has been named the full-time main sports anchor at NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ), the first woman to hold that role.

Rahimi begins her new job on April 4, becoming NBC 5’s first full-time sports anchor since Siafa Lewis left for a news anchor position in Philadelphia last November.

Besides anchoring sports on the Monday through Thursday sportscast for NBC 5’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts, Rahimi will also co-host Sports Sunday with Mike Berman. Berman is now the station’s weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter. Jeff Blanzy continues as Friday sports anchor on the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Rahimi had been working part-time at NBC 5 since last fall, juggling TV duties with co-hosting 670 The Score’s midday show with Dan Bernstein. By the way, when Rahimi joined Bernstein on The Score, she became the first woman to host a Monday through Friday daytime show on the station. (Bernstein & Rahimi were No. 6 on BSM’s Top 20 major market midday shows of 2021.)

With her new TV job, Rahimi will no longer be a full-time host on 670 The Score. But she will make weekly guest appearances with Bernstein, according to The Score operations director Mitch Rosen. Rahimi will be in studio with Bernstein every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 pm. CT.

Rahimi joined NBC 5 and 670 The Score after being laid off from NBC Sports Chicago in a wave of layoffs across NBCUniversal’s regional sports networks and digital properties. (Laurence Holmes, Rahimi’s colleague at The Score, was also one of the layoffs.) She has also covered ice hockey at the past two Winter Olympics for NBC and worked at MLB Network prior to joining NBC Sports Chicago.

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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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