Drew Brees is reportedly leaving NBC after only one yr. Plus: some notes on the NFL schedule, Disney’s CEO says ESPN will finally go direct-to-subscriber; and more.
NYP: Drew Brees performed at NBC after one season
The New York Post reported Sunday that NBC NFL analyst Drew Brees is leaving the community after one season, although Brees denied after publication that any resolution has been made. On social media, Brees mentioned he’s “undecided” on his future and listed an NBC return amongst potentialities that additionally embody resuming his enjoying profession or coaching for the senior golf tour.
Per the Post, Brees is considered as a candidate to interchange Greg Olsen on the NFL on FOX “B” workforce. Olsen is claimed to be in negotiations with Fox to maneuver as much as the community’s lead workforce.
NBC reached a take care of Brees two years in the past previous to his closing season within the NFL. The acquisition was thought-about a major transfer on the time, with Brees considered because the inheritor obvious to Cris Collinsworth on Sunday Night Football. Brees’ debut season acquired combined critiques and NBC’s extension of Collinsworth ended any doable succession plan.
While Tony Romo’s transfer straight from the enjoying subject to the printed sales space has been an unqualified success, Brees would be part of Jason Witten and Jay Cutler on the listing of freshly-retired hires who didn’t work out as marketed. [NYP 5.15]
Bills-Rams leads off NFL schedule
The 2022 NFL common season will open with the defending champion Rams internet hosting the Bills on NBC September 8, per the league schedule that was introduced final week. Week 1 may also embody competing doubleheaders on FOX and CBS, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers going through the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, and an ESPN/ABC simulcast of Broncos-Seahawks on Monday night time.
As the league beforehand introduced, Amazon begins its unique Thursday Night Football run with Chargers-Chiefs on September 15. The league’s Christmas tripleheader will include the beforehand introduced Broncos-Rams sport on CBS and Nickelodeon bookended by Packers-Dolphins on FOX and Buccaneers-Cardinals on NBC.
In a transfer forecast by the Sugar Bowl’s transfer to December 30, the NFL has scheduled a Monday night time sport on January 2, the day of school soccer’s New Year’s Day bowl video games. Bills-Bengals can be simulcast on ESPN and ABC within the window instantly following the Rose Bowl.
The full NFL schedule is available here.
Disney CEO: ESPN going OTT finally
Disney CEO Bob Chapek mentioned throughout the firm’s earnings name final week that ESPN will finally shift to a direct-to-subscriber mannequin “in some unspecified time in the future, when it’s going to be good for our shareholders,” however gave no timeline or any indication that such a transfer is shut. Chapek confused that Disney’s linear networks stay “enormous money mills” for the corporate and that ESPN going over-the-top would essentially have “ramifications” on that income supply. [The Motley Fool 5.11]
Plus: Brady wage, Taylor, ESPN extensions
The New York Post reported final week that Tom Brady’s deal to hitch Fox Sports is value $375 million over ten years, making it simply probably the most profitable contract in sports activities tv historical past. Fox denied the report and Front Office Sports reported a decrease quantity — $250 million over ten years. … NBC Sports has formally named Maria Taylor the only real host of Football Night in America. She shared internet hosting duties with Mike Tirico final season … ESPN has not too long ago introduced contract extensions with NBA reporter Ros Gold-Onwude and play-by-play voice Dave Pasch. [NYP 5.10, Front Office Sports 5.10, NBC Sports PR, ESPN PR]