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Cris Collinsworth Tells Kay Adams Why He Doesn’t Do the “Slide” Anymore

“(Mike) Tirico doesn’t do the opening monologue. So what am I going to do?” Collinsworth asked. “I could lean out, but it’d be stupid. I don’t know what you do. Do you just do it for effect”

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Cris Collinsworth achieved a level of internet celebrity by simply entering the camera frame when it was time to start calling a NFL game with Al Michaels. He would appear to “slide” into frame when Michaels would finish his opening setup of a game on Sunday Night Football.

However, fans noticed pretty quickly when he didn’t do the famous move in Week 1 and Week 2 of the season. People wanted answers. He gave them to Kay Adams who asked Collinsworth why he no longer slid into the opening of the game.

Al Michaels did an opening monologue, right? He came on by himself, and that’s what Al has done for the last 20 years,” Collinsworth said on Up and Adams with Kay Adams. “So I’m like, I’m not changing that. You just do that.”

He explained that the production team put a piece of tape on the set to signify where Collinsworth should sit during Michaels’ monologue. To his chagrin, the cameraman said to him early on, “get your a– out of the frame. What are you doing? Get out of the way.”

Collinsworth’s shoulder was still in sight so he would lean out of the way, then when it was time, he’d lean back into the shot and boom, the “Slide” was born.

But still, why is there no slide this year?

“(Mike) Tirico doesn’t do the opening monologue. So what am I going to do?” Collinsworth asked. “I could lean out, but it’d be stupid. I don’t know what you do. Do you just do it for effect”

He ended by saying perhaps a different idea for the Slide.

“Maybe I’ll leave that way. Maybe as soon as I finish I’ll go that way.”

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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.

Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”

Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.

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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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