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Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
CBS NFL analyst regrets posting a photo of him holding a gun with his daughter and her prom date
Retired longtime NFL kicker Jay Feely, who works as an NFL sideline reporter and color analyst for CBS Sports, tweeted "I was joking." But in wake of the Florida school shooting, the joke was seen as being in poor taste.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
ESPN is happy to get a stronger slate of Monday Night Football games, particularly Jon Gruden's Raiders return
ESPN and the NFL are in the midst of a strained relationship. But the 2018 schedule released Thursday was satisfying to ESPN. The first night of Monday Night Football will include former MNF analyst Gruden in his first regular season game as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders. ALSO: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran had a big impact on NFL scheduling.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
In turning down NFL TV work, Peyton Manning didn't want to critique brother Eli Manning
Peyton Manning was offered a hefty salary to either join ESPN's Monday Night Football or Fox's Thursday Night Football. But he reportedly didn't feel comfortable calling games featuring his brother, who plays quarterback for The New York Giants. As Andrew Marchand reports, "for Peyton, not doing Eli’s games was not necessarily a deciding factor in turning down Fox and ESPN, according to sources, but it was part of the process. What it does show is Peyton’s hesitancy to go into broadcasting because, if he had called a Giants game, it would have been a novel event, and no one would have expected him to rip his brother on national TV."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
NFL's primetime games will begin a few minutes earlier
According to The Boston Globe, the NFL plans to announce that ESPN's Monday Night Football will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. NBC's Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. and Fox's Thursday Night Football will also start at 8:20 p.m. ET, up from 8:25 pm.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
NFL execs envision showing the NFL Draft live simultaneously on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC
Next week will mark the first time that the draft will be shown on broadcast television when Fox shows Days 1 and 2 and ABC shows Day 3. According to Michael McCarthy, "as the annual football festival grows in popularity, some league executives envision the draft potentially becoming the sports equivalent of a U.S. presidential election — a sports event televised simultaneously across most or all of the national broadcast networks: NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN's sister Disney network ABC." ALSO: Why would ESPN considering hiring Brett Favre for Monday Night Football in the #MeToo era?
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Fox says it will get high-quality Thursday Night Football games
The NFL has been dogged by complaints that the Thursday games are terrible, especially since they are played on three days' rest. But Fox says it is expecting to have games that will rival NBC's Sunday Night Football package.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Fox is interested in having Michael Strahan host its Thursday Night Football pregame show
The Good Morning America co-host is being eyed to host a scaled-down version of Fox NFL Sunday, featuring him as host, joined by Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw. Fox NFL Sunday host Curt Menefee and Jimmy Johnson wouldn't be part of the new pregame show. Fox NFL Sunday broadcasts from Los Angeles, but the Thursday Night Football pregame show will air from New York City, where Strahan works during the week on GMA.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Fox hopes to have its No. 1 team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for Thursday Night Football
The New York Post reports that negotiations have begun to add Buck and Aikman to Thursday primetime games, in addition to their Sunday duties. "Sources said that the tandem wants to work together, and they have no desire to split up," reports The Post. Fox reportedly failed to woo Peyton Manning for the Thursday job. "
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Dan Patrick is leaving NBC's Football Night in America and will likely be replaced by Mike Tirico
Patrick, who has hosted the Sunday Night Football pregame show since 2008, says he turned down a new five-year deal with NBC. “I didn’t want to do it and not love doing it,” says Patrick, who adds that his daily DirecTV talk show is close to being renewed. Tirico is expected to replace Patrick. ALSO: Peyton Manning has reportedly turned down Fox's Thursday Night Football gig.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
NFL Network is moving to the new Rams-Chargers stadium complex in Los Angeles
NFL Media will move from its current home in Culver City to Inglewood where the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District is currently being built as a permanent home for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Could a plan to keep Florida out of daylight saving time wreak havoc on TV ratings?
Live TV events like the Academy Awards and primetime NFL games would begin in the 9 o'clock hour under the plan to move Florida into Atlantic Standard Time, which would put the state one hour ahead of the East Coast during parts of the year.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Why is the director of ESPN's This Was The XFL documentary creating a direct rival to the XFL?
Charlie Ebersol is founder of the Alliance of American Football, which was announced yesterday, and he also directed the 30 for 30 documentary on the downfall of Vince McMahon's XFL that his dad, Dick Ebersol, put on NBC. What's odd, says David Bixenspan, is that many of Charlie Ebersol's AAF ideas are similar to McMahon's plans for the XFL revival. Which begs the question: Was the founding of the AAF in any way connected to the founding of the new XFL?
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 1:47PM EDT
NFL Draft will now air on ABC and Fox
NFL Draft will not only air for the first time on broadcast television this year, but all seven rounds will be shown on a major network. The NFL announced today that Fox and NFL Network will simulcast the first three rounds, while ESPN and ABC will simulcast the last four rounds. The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 26-28. Round 1-3 will air on Thursday and Friday on Fox, NFL Network and ESPN. Rounds 4-7 will be shown on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network on Saturday.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 3:15PM EDT
CBS Sports signs on to broadcast a new eight-team pro football league
The Alliance of American Football (AAF) will compete with the Vince McMahon's XFL revival. Ironically, the AAF's founders include Charlie Ebersol, son of legendary NBC Sports TV executive Dick Ebersol, who made an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on the XFL's demise.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Ex-Monday Night Football announcer is okay with his demotion because "it wasn’t a tremendous amount of fun the last two years"
“If you go back and look at the schedule, generally we got one of the worst NFL games each week," Sean McDonough said on radio station WEEI in his first comments since ESPN demoted him back to college football announcing. "You’re trying to make something sound interesting and exciting that isn’t. For me, part of it was just the way the booth was set up the last two years. It was really geared around Jon Gruden. That’s not unusual, TV really is an analyst-driven medium."