ESPN has finally landed Peyton manning as a commentator on “Monday Night Football”. It’s just not in an expected way, and it won’t be for the entire season. The Walt Disney Company on Monday announced a partnership with Manning and his company Omaha Productions in which Peyton and Eli manning will be part of a “Monday Night Football” MegaCast for 10 games per year over the next three seasons. Manning, who will be inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame next month, has long been the subject of rumor as a “Monday Night Football” commentator since retiring after the 2015 season. but the parties were never able to come to an agreement. Now fans will be able to get his take, albeit in a different format and with his brother, who retired last year after leading the New York Giants to two Super Bowl championships. Manning’s MegaCast will debut in the first three weeks of this season, including the Sept. 13 opener between the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders, with the remaining seven weeks to be announced. It will air on ESPN2 and air on ESPN + while the standard airing will be on ESPN and / or ABC. The MNF crew of Steve Levy, Brian griese, Louis riddick, Lisa salters, and John Parry will return for a second season. MegaCasts had been a staple of ESPN’s coverage of the college football playoffs before expanding to the NFL last year. The Week 2 game between the New Orleans Saints and the Raiders averaged 15.59 million viewers on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, which was one of the most-watched MNF games of the season. ESPN also brought back the MegaCast for the wildcard game between Baltimore and the Tennessee Titans. president of ESPN Jimmy pitaro said in a statement that the MegaCast is designed to be a great addition to traditional television broadcasting. NFL Commissioner Roger goodell said in April, when the league finalized its new 11-year broadcast deals, that networks would have more leeway for alternative broadcasts.
SEC commissioner wants oversight changes
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey Echoed the NCAA president’s call for potential changes in the way varsity athletics are governed, though he hasn’t endorsed a breakaway from the five most powerful leagues. Sankey spoke of need for change to open SEC Media Days, less than a week after NCAA President Marc Emmert said it was time to consider the decentralization and deregulation of college sports as part of a change in the traditional power structure. Emmert’s position, Sankey said, “indicates that we’re going to have to administer this differently,” but doesn’t necessarily formally separate the Power Five conferences from the pack. “Still, I think people are going to ask me that question,” Sankey said. “I think in our programs people will ask me this question. I think nationally people will ask me that question. But that doesn’t predict that kind of outcome at this point. The SEC powerhouse and the rest of college football are gearing up for a fall season amid one of the most tumultuous times in college sport. The heavy impacts of the pandemic aside, the landscape has clearly changed with a Supreme Court ruling against the NCAA last month in an antitrust case related to the cap on education pay. Bruce rasmussen, the athletic director of Creighton who oversaw the rise of the men’s basketball team and the school’s transition to the Big East Conference during his tenure for the past 27 years, will retire on next month.
DC United’s Hines-Ike out for a while
DC United Brendan Hines-Ike suffered a broken hip two weeks ago, and although the organization hasn’t set a recovery schedule, he looks likely to miss several months. Hines-Ike, who was injured in the July 3 game against Toronto FC, was placed on the MLS injury list ahead of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Philadelphia. He must be absent for at least six matches, but given the extent of the injury, which has been revealed, his absence is expected to last until the fall. United said Hines-Ike, 26, suffered a “posterior acetabulum fracture in his left hip” and would not undergo surgery. Before being sidelined, he led the team in starts and was second in minutes, playing a key role in improving United’s defense.
Teichmann wins in return
swiss player Jil teichmann made a successful return to the Palermo Ladies Open two years after winning the title. Third seed Teichmann launched her bid for a third WTA title by beating Spain qualifier Marina Bassols Ribera 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the first round … Arlette Snyder, the mother of the owner of the Washington football team Daniel Snyder, has died, the team announced on Monday. Arlette Snyder had been part owner of the Washington football team after she and other family members backed Daniel Snyder’s offer to buy the team for around $ 800 million in 1999, so a record price for an NFL franchise. Daniel Snyder’s father, Gerald, died in 2003 of complications from heart surgery.