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Greg Norman Tells Kap and J. Hood that LIV Golf Talking to Four Networks for TV Coverage

“The interest coming across our plate right now is enormous,” Norman said. “We’re talking to four different networks and live conversations where offers have been put on the table.”

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Talks are continuing to take place between the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour and potential U.S. TV partners.

Talking to David Kaplan and Jonathan Hood on ESPN 1000 on Wednesday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman says there’s a few networks they’re in discussions with to bring LIV to American television.

“The interest coming across our plate right now is enormous,” Norman said. “We’re talking to four different networks and live conversations where offers have been put on the table. Because they see the value of our product. They can see what we’re delivering in the four and a half hour window.”

Norman said part of the appeal is the benefit from having a shotgun start for each round of a LIV tournament. He pointed to the final stretch of holes at the previous event in Boston as what brought networks knocking.

“It was like within seconds of each other. Not a laborious kind of, ‘OK let’s wait and see the next group’s passing through 13, and one group’s on 15 so we gotta wait another 45 minutes to see what happened,’ all that stuff,” Norman said of the Boston Invitational finish. “It was so action-packed, and since that moment is when there’s been an elevated interest from networks that come and speak to us.”

The second half of the inaugural season of LIV Golf begins this weekend in Chicago. This will be the last event in the U.S. before the season finale in Miami at the end of October.

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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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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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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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