Robert Griffin III, Greg McIlroy square off at ESPN’s college football binge

In the wake of Todd Blackledge Destined by ESPN to be NBC’s leading primetime game analyst for Big Ten football in the fall, there will be a QB battle for the #2 spot for college football at ESPN.

will pit Robert Griffin III against. Greg McIlroy. One was a Heisman Award winner, the other a National Champion.

Let’s break it down:

1. Game Analyst #2, along Sean McDonoughprestigious. Blackledge is currently calling the College Football Playoff semi-finals on TV and the title game on radio. McDonough and Blackledge also get the second-best game each week after that Chris the hunter And Kirk Herbstreet.

2. It’s also like a vice-presidential position, placing an analyst on the cusp of the strongest spot in the sport that Herbstreit occupies. Herbstreit just signed a new ESPN deal and he’s not going anywhere. However, Herbstreit just expanded full-time into the NFL this season on “Friday Night Football” on Amazon Prime Video. Herbstreit, which was strong, not amazing, along Al Michellehe had already talked about how he might not be able to do both forever.

Al Michaels (left) and Kirk Herbstreet (right) will be calling Amazon
Kirk Herbstreit (R) acknowledged the stress of doing double duty in college football on ESPN and Amazon’s “Friday Night Football” package with Al Michaels.
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3. McElroy, an Alabama graduate, has been with ESPN for nearly a decade after a brief NFL career that included being drafted by the Jets. He is currently with a team Joe Testur. RGIII, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2011 with Baylor, has made rapid progression at ESPN in only its second season. After his rookie year he works in and with the studio Mark Jones In games, he replaced ESPN RGIII Randy Moss In “Monday Night Countdown”.

4. Dan Orlovsky It could be in the mix, but it’s not likely. Orlowski is slated to call up seven NFL games next season to the second-team Monday Night Football team after doing a few stints this year, which won’t totally wipe him out of the college transfer, where he’s already working with Bob Wischusen.

5. However, sources say it’s RGIII opposite McElroy, and it would be very surprising if it wasn’t one of those two roles. The choice will have additional ramifications starting in 2024, when ESPN will take over all SEC games, including CBS’ current package.

Quick clicks

Junior studio analyst Sean Payton and Fox Sports did a good job of addressing his coaching prospects. Instead of being off-kilter, Payton just answered questions on “Fox NFL Kickoff” and “Fox NFL Sunday.” … In the early window, with the Patriots Bills, Dolphin Jets, and Steelers Browns all likely deciding which team would make the playoffs, CBS put together the results for the other games, making it easy to shop in one place to see what was happening. Fox did likewise, and it was good to see him after Fox failed to do so during World Cup group stage matches when there was a question about which countries would advance. … CBS lead play by player Jim Nantz He uses the term “oh my god” as a lot of crutch – or he’s trying to make it his last version Dick Enberg“Gosh!” …on Steelers-Browns, CBS Greg Gumbel It performed very unevenly, missed or delayed several calls. … ESPN turned the “E” mic mark upside down to look like a “3” in honor Hamelin’s devastation During its broadcast of the Jaguars-Titans game on Saturday. was an idea Steve Achilles, ESPN Vice President of Production, right before the game. … as a two-time Olympic gold medalist skier Michaela Schiffrin identical Lindsey VonnNBC won its all-time Women’s World Cup by record numbers Sunday, as it broadcast the race on its subscription site, Ski and Snowboard Live. On Tuesdays, it will be rebroadcast on Peacock.

It’s Shin’s time

Adam Shine smiles in the CBS Sports Network studio.
Adam Shine has the right credentials if ESPN New York needs to replace Michael Kay as afternoon radio host.
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if Michael Kay Don’t miss out on ESPN New York afternoons, the loyalty factor dictates that Don La Grecaan original from ESPN NY and, to a lesser extent, Peter Rosenberg He should be considered Kai’s successor as host. Ultimately, however, the idea is to hire the best person for the job.

Here’s an interesting name: SiriusXM/CBS Sports Adam Shin.

Schein is well suited to driving on a New York afternoon because he knows how to put on a show, is relatively young (45) and grew up studying FAN. When you hear it, there are shades of it Chris RussoAnd Mike Francis And Steve Sommers, among others. It’s like a smorgasbord of whatever makes New York Sports Radio work. And he fits the ESPN brand because he plays it clean and focuses on sports.

In our original column about Kay’s possible departure, we mentioned Russo, which would be great fun and spark a fierce fight with his old friends at WFAN. If you’re an ESPN fan, you should look into it, especially if the plan is just to offer Kay so much money that he stays. You can turn around and try to do it with Rousseau.

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would be an exciting option, but his contract runs until next year.
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Casting Russo would be exciting, and ESPN already has a “First Take” relationship with him.

At 63 and not slowing down, Russo could work, but his contract with SiriusXM doesn’t expire until 2024. In addition to being younger, Schein is on an expiring deal at SiriusXM (his contract with CBS runs through 2024).

Peacock Bags Black Bird

More than ever with social media, it’s hard to shake first impressions. This is why it is important to come up with a coverage plan for a new broadcast package from the first game. Is that fair? No, but that is the case.

We always like to wait before passing full judgment on a crew, good or bad, but NBC’s choice to establish Big Ten credibility by passing ESPN’s Blackledge and then going with an up-and-comer really showed real chops in the game. Noah the eagle It is an inspired choice. As I wrote the other day, it’s old school and new school.

It is important to start with credibility with the audience right away. Did Amazon Prime Video on Thursday Night Football. Although Michaels and Herbstreit didn’t come close to Herbstreit’s stated goal of being the best broadcaster in sports, it was solid. Although Michaels did another trademark of Amazon’s TNF as a second-rate pack with some snark and Herbstreit wasn’t as reliable in the NFL as he was in college, it was pretty good. Anyone in the business who’s had to put a booth together from scratch—or even on the go—knows that this is no easy task, especially at the level the NFL requires.

ESPN TV analyst Todd Blackedge walks on the field before a college football game in 2009.
Todd Blackledge will help bring instant credibility to the debut of NBC’s Big Ten package next season.
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Industry snipers like to point out that NBC has provided a lot of Amazon’s production staff, starting with the executive producer Fred Godley. whatever. He was an Amazon product, and he got off to a solid start, from his studio to games. You can have opinions one way or the other on how good it was, but it was definitely credible.

From what we’ve heard from Blackledge for decades and from Eagle for a few years, we’d expect similar results from the new NBC crew.

The end of the era

Taylor Twellman Leaving ESPN feels like closing the book of live football on the network, at least for now. The network still has a pretty good portfolio, especially on ESPN+, which includes La Liga, the Bundesliga and the FA Cup, but it doesn’t produce those games and doesn’t broadcast major events, such as the World Cup, European Championships, Champions League and MLS locally. He still has a good showing on “ESPNFC,” but this is a niche product for international purists.

ESPN president John Skipper helps announce the network's broadcast rights deal with MLS in 2014.
Former ESPN President John Skipper should be credited as having a huge influence on American football coverage.
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John Skipper He wasn’t particularly good at running ESPN, but he was important to the growth of football and how it’s covered, the appreciation of the sport and finding the people to elevate the coverage. She was personal to him, and appeared on the coverage in a positive light.

ESPN continued to spend on major rights, and had to make decisions about some important relationships that it had to let go. The biggest was the Big Ten, but football is right there. When the World Cup shows come back again for the 2030 event, I’m sure ESPN will be there. You might get it, so it could be another chapter that ESPN is a dominant soccer network again.

The people who have produced ESPN football coverage over the years should be proud of what they’ve accomplished because they’ve helped raise the bar for what American audiences have come to expect.

Curb your enthusiasm

view: Greg HughesExecutive Vice President of Communications for NBC Sports, Encounter Larry David in Cabo Santa Monica. He tells David Hughes that he doesn’t believe them he sat Hughes in “The Ugly Section”. classic.

This again allows me to share my experience with David. At the height of the Francesa-Kay sports broadcasting war a few years ago, David was at an event with Kay. He said to Kay, and this is an indirect quote, “What’s the deal with this guy Marchand? It’s just his job to cover for you guys.”

I was told that David was fascinated by the whole radio ratings thing.

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