1. One of the biggest sports media stories of 2021 has been the success of Peyton and Eli Manning’s understudy. Monday night football broadcast on ESPN2.
The brothers have been a hit with viewers, critics, and even social media. Peyton and Eli worked the first three ‘MNF’ games of the season before taking a break. They will return this Monday for the Saints-Seahawks game.
The uproar caused by Peyton and Eli has led some to speculate about the future of “traditional” sports broadcasting.
The thing is, though, despite the uproar surrounding Peyton and Eli, their viewership numbers can’t be compared to ESPN’s. Monday night football telecast with Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. Here’s how the two broadcasts fared during the first three weeks of the regular season.
PEYTON and ELI on ESPN2
Week 1: 800,000
Week 2: 1.9 million
Week 3: 1.89 million
LEVY, GRIESE and RIDDICK on ESPN
Week 1: 14 million (ESPN and ABC)
Week 2: 13.8 million
Week 3: 12.9 million
Levy is a guest this week SI Media Podcast, and I asked him what he thinks of Peyton and Eli’s alternate transmission and what it’s been like going head-to-head with siblings.
“Week 1 or Week 2, I recorded it. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And I understand it. You can’t fake chemistry. That’s something that Brian, Louis and I have worked on together in our second year on the booth and we are still getting there. Peyton and Eli have been together their entire lives. Like every second. You can’t fake those things. You cannot substitute it. Obviously they do. Obviously, they were all-time great players. And by the way, they are also fun and entertaining. I get it.
People want to face each other and I don’t see that. I am looking at the health of the franchise that is Monday night football. The ratings have gone up. I don’t get into the numbers game, but there are more people watching and if that’s because of Peyton and Eli, I totally agree. We will arrive Monday night football back to where you were, regardless of how many channels you’re watching. ”
Levy added: “We all fall under the ESPN umbrella and I understand that the network does not care what channel you are watching as long as it is one of our channels. I don’t know how many broadcasts we will have for the wild card on Monday night, but I think for college we had six different ways of watching. “
I asked Levy what his reaction was when he first heard that ESPN2 would be airing an alternate broadcast with Peyton and Eli.
“There is the natural curiosity factor,” Levy said. “I was curious. But they don’t have a play-by-play type. So it didn’t hit me that much. I could certainly understand if Brian and Louis felt different. But I think it’s great to hear the different opinions in the moment, not the next day, but in the moment. Hey, what did Griese say in this play? What did Peyton say in the same play? The decision to go for it, not go for it, pass or run. I think it’s cool and fun, and we all play for the same team. I think it’s a victory and I would be surprised if it changed. I know it’s a three-year deal for those guys, but if they’re having a good time, the audience is clearly having fun watching them; Why not continue?
The podcast with Levy addressed other topics, including how he thinks his booth is doing in their second year together, the impact fans have in the stands on a broadcast, the effectiveness of a two-person booth versus a booth of three people, ESPN. getting back into business with the NHL and Levy preparing for the calling games for the first time since 2004, as well as working for the network’s studio show, his famous Sports Center A moment of “puck slip”, his time working at WFAN and the pain of being a Jets fan.
You can also see the SI Media Podcast in Youtube.
2. Steve Levy is not the only guest in This week SI Media Podcast. With Check your enthusiasm Returning to HBO this Sunday, Jeff Garlin joined the podcast to chat about the show. Garlin talked about how the show handled COVID-19 for the upcoming season, which actor breaks character the most, his favorite season, if the show could have worked anywhere other than HBO, working with an outline rather than a script, the aftermath of the episode where he is mistaken for Harvey Weinstein and much more.
We also talked about Garlin’s love for all of Chicago sports.
3. Speaking of Check your enthusiasm, Larry David was in The Rich Eisen Show yesterday and explained in detail why he thinks posts, kickers and kickers should be eliminated from the NFL.
Four. Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale suffered the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, three hits and two walks, while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings in Boston’s 9-1 loss to the Astros. . However, Sale won when it came to post-game quotes.
5. A reporter was on call with his son yesterday while also attending a Nick Saban Zoom press conference, and the Alabama coach had a bit of fun with the situation.
6. New York radio host Steve Somers announced last night that he will soon be leaving WFAN. Somers, who has been with WFAN since 1987, went viral in 2018 when he “interviewed” the only baseball writer who did not vote for Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom on his Cy Young ballot. If you missed this exchange when it happened. Check it out now.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: In yesterday’s Traina Thoughts, I said that a scene between Larry and Jason Alexander was the epitome of Check your enthusiasm. Twitter follower @EddieCarstone I contacted yesterday to say there is nothing else Curb than the scene below. He has a point.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.