Bob Raissman: Wild Card playoff sport on Peacock provides a brand new income stream for NFL

Why did CBS and Fox let a Peacock into the hen residence?

In any case, the Nationwide Soccer League and its commissioners, along with the current one, Roger Goodell, as quickly as adopted a mantra about making its video video games obtainable to the “largest doable viewers.”

Nonetheless, the NFL not too way back purchased one primetime Saturday night time time (Jan. 13, 2024) Wild Card playoff recreation utterly to NBCUniversal-owned streaming service, Peacock.

There are 13 full playoff video video games, making each one a sparkler, a most worthwhile piece of NFL inventory. Peacock paid the NFL $110 million for the distinctive rights to the primetime Wild Card recreation. Think about what a streaming service would pay the league for distinctive rights to a Convention Championship tilt?

Followers should acknowledge the place the economics are headed. With the intention to take a look at that Saturday night time time recreation (till you’re inside the collaborating crew’s markets) you’ll have to subscribe to Peacock. Contemplate this a check out.

If it’s worthwhile, anticipate some NFL rights holders to press the league to put way more postseason video video games utterly on the streaming platform. It’s not a attain to counsel Disney/ESPN suits are already exploring a plan to maneuver an NFL playoff recreation utterly to ESPN+.

With the addition of Peacock to the Wild Card sked, NBC retailers will present three playoff video video games the first weekend; ESPN, Fox, and CBS, one each. Fascinating that NBC already owns “Sunday Night time Soccer,” the NFL’s marquee property in terms of rankings, and stays to be given the prospect to buy one different playoff recreation to stream utterly on Peacock.

The NFL’s new 11-year, $110 billion contract with its TV companions kicks on this season. Contemplating how quietly the Peacock playoff deal went down sooner than it was launched, there need to be totally different steaming “loopholes” inside the contract.

It’s surprising CBS/Fox agreed to this new broadcast cope with out closing any loopholes allowing the NFL to remove a recreation from the postseason bundle deal to public sale off, utterly, to a streaming service.

But when shoved up in the direction of a wall, CBS and Fox won’t be going to menace their contractual relationship with the NFL by pushing once more on one streaming deal.

CBS obtained into the NFL biz in 1970 sooner than dropping the NFC contract to Fox beginning in 1994. CBS obtained once more inside the NFL biz, shopping for the AFC bundle deal in 1998. CBS and Fox, have been the home of Sunday afternoon “free soccer,” the primary rights holders for broadcast packages. Their schedule contained various ranges of top quality, competitiveness and marquee value.

Nonetheless, the NFL can’t cash in on loyalty. Whereas the league can’t low price the price of its long-term relationships with CBS and Fox, it would in all probability’t take loyalty to the monetary establishment.

And “loyalty” is unquestionably not getting in the best way wherein of the NFL making a deal.


Peyton Manning was deserving of a Sports activities Emmy.

However not inside the class he obtained it.

On the newest Sports activities Emmy awards current, Manning obtained “Excellent Persona — occasion analyst.”

The totally different nominees (Gary Danielson, Cris Collinsworth, Invoice Raftery and John Smoltz) are typical recreation analysts. They work from a broadcast gross sales area, dishing spontaneous, on-the-fly analysis, in virtually a steady methodology.

They should work seamlessly with a play-by-play voice whereas producing most chemistry. They need to present analysis in a few phrases with out stumbling. Are they even judged by the equivalent requirements as Manning?

Whereas Peyton is entertaining, and works correctly with brother Eli, on ESPN’s Monday Night time Soccer totally different “ManningCast,” he doesn’t have to analyze every play. He’s working in a additional relaxed, aka mushy, conversational methodology — from his dwelling. His mission is additional about entertaining than analyzing. He has firm. He has time to spin soccer tales.

Manning didn’t belong within the equivalent class as the conventional analysts. If one thing, the Emmy committee should create a category often called: “Excellent Persona —Various Broadcasts.” That’s the category Peyton, Eli, Stephen A. Smith (SAS’s World), Michael Kay, Alex Rodriguez (KayRod Forged) and others would fall under.

Be truthful. The hardcore, typical analysts are in a league — and sophistication — of their very personal.


In a modern self-serving soliloquy all through his ESPN-98.7 afternoon radio current, Michael Kay lamented the “huge” number of nationwide callers this method receives and the best way they aren’t counted inside the rankings.

“We’re reaching extra folks nationally,” he talked about on the air. “However these folks don’t have [ratings] meters. It stinks.”

What? Kay certainly not carried out the nationwide callers’ card when “The Michael Kay Present” was beating WFAN inside the afternoon-drive rankings race. But now when the current is trailing the “Carton and Roberts” program the nationwide issue is straight away an issue?

Sounds additional like a flimsy, very flimsy, excuse.


Aaron Rodgers’ “Pat McAfee Present” connection has been established and correctly documented. However who knew the Jets new quarterback had a stop-and-chat hyperlink with SXM/CBSSN’s Adam (Nabob) Schein?

Followers of Schein’s SXM “Mad Canine Sports activities Radio” current knew. Since 2008, Rodgers has been on the Schein radio soiree not lower than two events per calendar 12 months. So, Schein loyalists weren’t shocked when Rodgers did a 27-minute, wide-ranging interview, which aired (tape delayed) on Schein’s SXM current ultimate Thursday. An excerpt aired on CBSSN’s “Time to Schein” ultimate Wednesday.

By no means-shy-Schein supplied a straightforward motive why Rodgers has been such a ready participant: “He [Rodgers] genuinely likes me and the present. He is aware of I’m prepped. And I hearken to his solutions.”


It makes for compelling TV when a voice is compelled out of his comfort zone. Such is the case with Nelson Figueroa, who has joined veteran yapper Marc Malusis on WPIX-TV’s “New York Sports activities Nation Nightly.” Whereas the current has solely been on a couple of weeks, Figueroa, the earlier Mets pitcher, and Malusis, are establishing a chemical steadiness. It’s full of spontaneity too. These cats are wheeling and dealing. Particularly when Malusis ought to shortly react to Figgy, the baseball man, talking NBA, NFL, or a sports activities actions topic. … In the event you had been wigging over the Yankees inserting three of their ultimate 5 video video games on streaming firms it’s best to share a couple of of the blame. All sports activities actions franchises have been selecting your pockets for years, aided and abetted by a media additional inside the ultimate results of video video games than the monetary have an effect on on you, the fan. There’s a solution: Cease watching. Cease paying. Cease enabling. … John (Pa Pinstripe) Sterling will miss the weekend assortment with the Padres and by no means make the upcoming West Coast swing on account of an undisclosed illness. Sterling might return to the radio gross sales area on June 6. Justin Shackil will fill in. Perhaps Shackil can blow a few dwelling run calls to make listeners actually really feel at dwelling.

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For exhibiting contrition. On his podcast, Roethlisberger suggested his Steelers quarterback successor, Kenny Pickett: “Early on, I didn’t need you to succeed. … That’s selfishness in me and I really feel sorry for that.” This merely in: Huge Ben has a conscience.


For making it personal. The previous Mets — now Cubs — pitcher screamed and pounded his chest on the Mets dugout after getting Francisco Alavarez to hit into an eighth inning double play Wednesday night time time. Does Stroman have a beef collectively along with his former ‘mates? Or was he merely being a jerk?


What Daniel Jones talked about: “Saquon (Barkley) has been a vital a part of what we’ve achieved right here…..I hope they’ll get one thing (a contract) achieved.”What Daniel Jones meant to say: “I took many of the cash out of the pot. I hope there’s sufficient left for Saquon.”