SPORTS MEDIA BEAT
NFL preseason reduced and no Marv
Conjecture seems to be growing that the NFL will reduce its preseason from four to two games because of Covid-19. Although no official announcement has been made at the time of this podcast, various stories seem to indicate the NFL could get a later summer start, because of the virus. Such a move would obviously effect the NFL’s TV contracts with the major networks.
Meanwhile, the virus will impact 79-year-old legendary sportscaster Marv Albert. The long time play-by-play broadcaster of NBA games on Turner Sports is not expected to return to that role, when the NBA resumes its season later in July under the Orlando “bubble.”
Dan Lovallo discusses that and more in his latest podcast.
The effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt, as the NFL announces it will cancel the 2020 Hall of Fame game scheduled for Canton, OH, along with the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The exhibition game is the first of the NFL season, but the league announced on June 25 there would not be a game on Aug 6. The enshrinement ceremony and game will return in 2021 and the game will feature the same clubs scheduled for 2020, Dallas vs. Pittsburgh.
Also in the podcast, I talk about Major League Baseball and much more.
Despite what some may say is a deal between Major League Baseball and the players association, there is no agreement yet and that could mean no major league baseball on television for awhile in 2020, if at all. As sports return in the USA, during Covid-19, those that are making it to TV are turning out to be a ratings hit, including the PGA Tour. Dan Lovallo discusses all of this and more on the Sports Media Beat.
It might not have been the NFL, but the MLB draft was a hit June 10 in the TV ratings. In the return of the Sports Media Beat, I review the ratings and also comment on the unrest that has occurred in the United States. Here is the link to the interview I did with the late, great Buck Leonard.
Covid-19 is impacting sports at all levels and in this podcast I touch on some of the effects. I also look at the latest ratings, the new PGA TV deal and more.
Is the future of NBC Sports radio hanging in the balance? And what about the Summer Olympic games in Tokyo. I talk about that, plus the latest XFL ratings and much, much more in this podcast. And don’t forget to visit https://sportsmediabeat.com where I link to all of the stories I talk about in the show notes.