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David Kaplan Returns To NBC Sports Chicago With New Nightly Show

“Unfiltered with David Kaplan will not focus exclusively on gambling, but it will be a big part of the show.”

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David Kaplan is coming back to TV in Chicago. He will be at the center of a new show on NBC Sports Chicago. Unfiltered with David Kaplan debuts on April 4 and will be on every weeknight at 6 pm.

It’s not just a return to TV for Kaplan. It is specifically a return to NBC Sports Chicago. His show SportsTalk Live was canceled in August of 2020 as part of the network’s pandemic-related programming cuts.

“The pandemic has prevented us from being in studio as much as we would want,” Kaplan said. “As it began to subside, my bosses approached me about doing a show that would lead into our regular pregame shows each night. I’m thrilled to be back working five nights a week talking sports in the best sports city in America.”

Unfiltered with David Kaplan will not focus exclusively on gambling, but it will be a big part of the show. Kap will incorporate his own picks, as well as those from PointsBet’s experts. PointsBet is NBC Sports Chicago’s official gambling partner.

One advantage of the run time for David Kaplan is that he is not at the studio so late that it hinders his ability to continue to succeed in morning drive on ESPN 1000. He made it clear that he intends to keep doing both shows.

“To be able to host morning-drive radio with Jonathan Hood at ESPN 1000 and then to have the chance to do a daily TV show every evening on NBC Sports Chicago is my longtime career dream come true,” he said.

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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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