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Pat McAfee Alternate Broadcast Drew 251,000 Viewers

In comparison, the KayRod Cast of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball averaged just over 200,000 viewers for its eight broadcasts, reaching a high of 336,000 during an August appearance by Derek Jeter.

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ESPN and Omaha Productions debuted College Football Primetime with The Pat McAfee Show last week, and “the McAfeecast” produced well in the ratings.

251,000 viewers watched the alternate broadcast of Clemson and North Carolina State. 5 million watched the game’s regular broadcast on ABC. The 251,000 number equates to roughly five percent of the regular audience, which is a comparable number to the debut of the Manningcast for Monday Night Football a year ago. The first Manningcast saw an audience of 800,000 compared to 15.3 million viewers on ABC and ESPN.

In comparison, the KayRod Cast of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball averaged just over 200,000 viewers for its eight broadcasts, reaching a high of 336,000 during an August appearance by Derek Jeter. The previous high was 264,000 for its debut broadcast.

ESPN has scheduled the McAfeecast for five more alternate broadcasts during its remaining schedule. It’s an expansion of the relationship between ESPN and McAfee after he joined the cast of College GameDay last month.

McAfee said he felt good about the debut of the show, and feels more comfortable going forward after getting the debut under his belt.

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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