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NFL Draft Has ‘Become the Ultimate Reality TV,’ ESPN VP of Production Says

The 2019 NFL Draft smashed records in both attendance and ratings last week, as a total 600,000 people attended the three-day event in Nashville, Tennessee, and an average 6.1 million viewers watched across linear television and digital platforms, according to Nielsen.

Meanwhile, ABC scored a primetime touchdown with its coverage of Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night, rising 26% in total viewers compared to the first night of last year’s broadcast on Fox.

For those who had doubted that the Music City could pull off football’s second-biggest event after the Super Bowl with such huge success, don’t feel bad — you weren’t alone.

Also Read: ESPN's Coverage of Larry Nassar, Stories of the Survivor Sisters Wins Peabody Award

“The ratings were tremendous. I was a little surprised by how good the ratings were. I thought going in that this Draft wasn’t as sexy as last year’s,
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Disney Says Ads Are Sold Out for NFL Draft on ESPN, ABC

  • Variety
Madison Avenue can’t place ads in NFL TV broadcasts in the off-season – there aren’t any – so it’s doing the next best thing.

Disney says ad slots for its coverage of the NFL Draft, slated to air Thursday, Friday and Saturday on both ABC and ESPN, sold out about a week ago. Football can be “a year-round type of product,” says Jim Minnich, vice president of revenue and yield management for sports at Disney Advertising Sales, in an interview. He cites the recent NFL season, in which ratings moved back up after two years of declines, as a factor in interest in the event.

The NFL Draft isn’t the Super Bowl by any means, but it brings in substantial viewership. The NFL last year said a broadcast of the Draft across ESPN, Fox and the NFL Network over three days nabbed an average of 5.5 million viewers at
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Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game

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Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game
Robin Roberts is moving this week from mornings on ABC to primetime. And while the shift is temporary, the business machinations behind it are likely to continue.

Roberts, best known for her regular appearances on “Good Morning America,” will serve this Thursday as an important presence on one night of ABC’s multi-evening coverage of the NFL Draft, an annual highlight for pigskin fans that will also be broadcast on ABC’s sister, ESPN. Both networks are part of the Walt Disney Company, which looks to be making its best play for NFL football as discussions about broadcast rights for the sport are nearing a new round.

“It’s going to be different,” says Roberts in an interview while preparing for the event near ESPN’s Connecticut headquarters. ABC will deliver her coverage on a night its viewers expect soapy fare like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19,” but the
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ESPN, Bud Light Turn Ad Character Into New Rookie for NFL Draft

  • Variety
ESPN used its Thursday-night coverage of the NFL Draft to shine a light on an unorthodox candidate for gridiron stardom: the Bud Knight.

In a cutaway that looked more like a quick-hit player profile, ESPN ran what is known as a “two-box”or “double-box” screen that was really a commercial from Anheuser-Busch InBev. Host Trey Wingo told viewers his team of analysts would return after “a look at one of the most promising talents in this year’s draft class – from Bud Light.”

Viewers got all that and more. One box showed the Bud Knight, who made its first appearance during Bud Light Super Bowl ads earlier this year, trying on hats from the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. The other offered facts and stats on his faux college-football career. Did you know the character hails from Ye Olde University? Slayed five dragons this week? And “cuts through defenses
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Super Bowl Lii: ESPN’s Trey Wingo Tells Us Why NFL Fans Shouldn’t Have ‘Patriots Fatigue’

  • The Wrap
With the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year, the third time in four years and Tom Brady striving for his sixth ring — you can see why some people are sick of seeing them in the biggest game of the year. A recent Twitter map showed that every state except those in New England and North Dakota are rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl Lii this Sunday, but ESPN’s Trey Wingo told us why real football devotees shouldn’t be suffering from “Patriots Fatigue.” “It is fair to say that if you are not...
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Why ‘Golic and Wingo’ Hosts Say New Espn Show Is ‘Like Putting on a Comfy Pair of Clothes’

  • The Wrap
Fans still reeling over the demise of Espn’s “Mike & Mike” — which aired its final episode on Nov. 17 after nearly 18 years on the air — can be comforted by the upcoming premiere of “Golic & Wingo.” The dynamic duo — co-hosts Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, with their trusty sidekick Mike Golic Jr. — are heading to radios and TVs near you on Nov. 27. The show will air from 6-10 a.m. Et on Espn Radio and ESPN2, and it’s decidedly a fresh start following Golic’s emotional farewell with longtime co-host Mike Greenberg. But at the end of...
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Espn Radio Tees Up ‘Mike and Mike’ Replacement ‘Golic and Wingo’

Espn Radio’s “Mike & Mike” will wrap up its 18-year run on Nov. 17 and “Golic & Wingo” will kick off on Nov. 27, Espn announced on Monday. The new show hosted by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, is essentially the replacement for “Mike & Mike,” as Mike Greenberg is leaving his longtime partner for a new morning TV program on the network that kicks off in 2018. “Golic & Wingo” doesn’t officially start for a few months, but listeners will be able to get a preview of the new duo this week when Wingo fills in for Greenberg, who is...
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Sage Steele on New ‘SportsCenter’ Role, Espn’s Evolution: ‘Lot’s of Changes at Our Network’

(Updated: A previous version of this story said Trey Wingo was among the layoffs. He is still very much at the network and will debut a new Espn Radio show with Mike Golic later this fall, and continue to host the NFL Draft and appear on Espn’s NFL coverage) There’s no avoiding the on-air layoffs that recently rocked Espn. But amid the turmoil and media speculation, there are plenty of positive changes happening at the sports giant. Among them is Sage Steele returning to her roots on “SportsCenter” at the network’s hub in Bristol, Connecticut. “There’s
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Espn ‘First Take’ Host Molly Qerim on Controlling Heated Debates,Tackling Sports’ Toughest Topics

  • The Wrap
If Molly Qerim can control “First Take” analysts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, and survive former side-kick Skip Bayless — then there’s nothing she can’t handle. The Espn host took the reins from Cari Champion 18 months ago, and since then she’s proven that she’s not to be taken lightly. Whether it’s keeping her outspoken colleagues in check or forwarding the sports conversation to prove that she can keep up with the big boys, Qerim has more than earned her stripes on the high-energy debate show. Also Read: Espn Names Samantha Ponder, Suzy Kolber and Trey Wingo
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New San Diego Mls Team Could Be Named ‘Footy McFooty Face’

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It’s always a gamble when you give the general public the freedom to choose the name of anything. Hot on the heels of the R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface — a $287 million polar research ship from the U.K. that was named through an online poll — San Diego’s new Major League Soccer team may end up being named Footy McFooty Face. The ingenious and infantile name is the frontrunner after a San Diego group, which is currently in the process of bidding for an Mls expansion spot, asked potential fans to brainstorm a team moniker, Deadspin reported. Also Read: Espn Names Samantha Ponder,
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Espn Names Samantha Ponder, Suzy Kolber and Trey Wingo as New NFL Studio Hosts

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Espn Names Samantha Ponder, Suzy Kolber and Trey Wingo as New NFL Studio Hosts
It’s going to take three hosts to fill the shoes of Espn veteran Chris Berman. The network announced Thursday that Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder and Trey Wingo will be the new NFL studio hosts for the 2017 season. Berman, who arrived at Espn a month after the network launched in 1979, announced in January that he would be scaling back his role there. However, he will still make appearances on-air and will also serve in public-facing roles on behalf of the company. Also Read: Jay Cutler's Release by Chicago Bears Sparks Online Celebration: 'Herpes of NFL Quarterbacks' “We have three exceptional hosts in Suzy,
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Suzy Kolber & Trey Wingo Extend Espn Pacts; Charlie Dixon Gets Evp Gig At Fox Sports

Espn has extended the contracts of its veteran NFL reporters Suzy Kolber and Trey Wingo. Kolber, who joined the sports network in 1993, has been a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football and earlier Sunday Night Football and now will be the full-time host of pregame show Monday Night Countdown. She will continue to host weekday editions of NFL Insiders. Wingo, who has been with the Worldwide Leader since 1997, has been the face of NFL Live since it debuted in July…
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SkyMall Goes Bankrupt - A Poem to Commemorate the Airplane Catalog

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SkyMall Goes Bankrupt - A Poem to Commemorate the Airplane Catalog
Years from now you will ask yourself, "Where was I the day that SkyMall went bankrupt?" After a solid 25-year run, that airline catalog nuzzled in between the barf bag and chewed gum in your front seat pocket is no more. Xhibit Corp, the parent company behind SkyMall, filed for federal bankruptcy on Friday after making only $15.8 million in 2014, Money reported. This is not just the end of a magazine - it marks the end of an era, an era of people asking themselves, "Who the hell buys this stuff?" Even though there's a part of them that really wants to buy this stuff.
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SkyMall Goes Bankrupt - A Poem to Commemorate the Airplane Catalog

  • PEOPLE.com
SkyMall Goes Bankrupt - A Poem to Commemorate the Airplane Catalog
Years from now you will ask yourself, "Where was I the day that SkyMall went bankrupt?" After a solid 25-year run, that airline catalog nuzzled in between the barf bag and chewed gum in your front seat pocket is no more. Xhibit Corp, the parent company behind SkyMall, filed for federal bankruptcy on Friday after making only $15.8 million in 2014, Money reported. This is not just the end of a magazine - it marks the end of an era, an era of people asking themselves, "Who the hell buys this stuff?" Even though there's a part of them that really wants to buy this stuff.
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2014 NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony on ESPN2 and NFL Network

2014 NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 2 will air live on ESPN2 and NFL Network. Joining the pantheon of football greats are Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams. Espn airs the ceremony for the 20th straight year, with live coverage Aug. 2 at 7pm Et on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Trey Wingo hosts with analysts Tom Jackson and Chris Mortensen. Sal Paolantonio reports. Chris Berman will again emcee the ceremony. Also See: 2014 NFL preseason TV schedule NFL Network’s Pro Football Hall of Fame coverage … Continue reading →

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Viral Video Chart: Super Bowl, Scarlet Johansson and Taylor Swift

David Attenborough on wildlife in pubs and nightclubs, getting a kick out of the NFL – and danger at the Grammy Awards

"It's just after midnight in traditional British socialising grounds … " intones the unmistakeable voice of veteran wildlife documentary maker David Attenborough as he narrates a typical British night out. The hilarious observations about drinking and mating are the latest offering from Cassette Boy.

Playing at the Grammy Awards can be a dangerous activity, as our clip of Taylor Swift shows. Meanwhile, actor Scarlett Johansson has quit as an ambassador for Oxfam amid a row over her support for SodaStream, which has a factory in the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim. We've got the full version of her latest SodaStream ad – an edited version will be aired in the Super Bowl break after broadcaster Fox refused to broadcast "four offensive words" at the end – "Sorry, Coke and Pepsi".

To get you
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SportsCenter Special analyzes NFL schedule 2013 release

The NFL schedule 2013 release will be analyzed in a two-hour SportsCenter Special: NFL Schedule Release on Thursday, April 18, on ESPN2. Also on Thursday, several top NFL Draft prospects visit the Espn campus, and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith contributes to SportsCenter and NFL Live. Also See: NFL schedule 2013 announced on NFL Network From Espn’s MidWeek highlights: Two-Hour SportsCenter Special: NFL Schedule Release – Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 Espn will cover the unveiling of the 2013 NFL schedule with a two-hour SportsCenter Special: NFL Schedule Release at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Trey Wingo will [...]

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Monday Mix-Up: Espn does “The Princess Bride”

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On the November 9 episode of Espn NFL Kickoff, hosts Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth, and Tedy Bruschi, all decided to have some fun. Apparently one of the hosts decided to make a reference to The Princess Bride, and then the hosts competed to jam as many references into a half-hour show as possible.

Here’s a video of most of them.

Click here to view the embedded video.

And here’s an interview with the anchors telling how it all came about.

Originally published on ComicMix as Monday Mix-Up: Espn does “The Princess Bride
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Espn’s NFL Kick Off is Apparently a Fan of The Princess Bride

How many “Princess Bride” quotes can you put into a 30-minute show (plus commercials)? A lot, as it turns out. But who would have thunk that it would show up on … Espn’s NFL Kick Off show? Inconceivable! But that’s what the show’s co-hosts Mark Schlereth, Trey Wingo and Teddy Bruschi did this weekend, tossing in as many “Princess Bride” quotes and references as they could in the 30-minute show. Not all of the references work, of course, but if you’re a fan of the Rob Reiner movie (based on a script by William Goldman, who adapted the story from his own book of the same name), there’s no denying that either the three co-hosts made a concerted effort to throw a shout-out to the movie, or whoever wrote the episode’s script is a big fan and slipped it in without them knowing. I like
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Watch Espn Sportcasters Quote The Princess Bride Like Megafans

Though upon its initial release Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride was only a modest box office success, the 1987 feature that blended fantasy, romance, adventure and comedy has become an unadulterated cult hit. In the '90s a slumber party wasn't complete without a VHS copy of the beloved tale of Westley and Buttercup, and today you can and will be roundly scorned by friends for not recognizing it's many, many quotable lines should they roll into conversation, which is inevitable. Still, it was a pleasant surprise to find that Espn's NFL Kickoff hosts Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth, and Tedy Bruschi can be counted among the ardent fans of Princess Bride, as they showed in force on Sunday night's show. Over the course of a half hour, the trio dropped such notable quotables as "Life is pain; anyone who says differently is selling something," and "it's not his fault he's
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