ManningCast comes to golf – Now play football, you cowards

For those who follow the American handegg, Peyton and Eli Manning’s Monday Night Football “ManningCast” was a huge hit last year, giving fans a different way to watch the NFL. ESPN simulcast a traditional show with announcers talking about the game, but for those tired of the usual commentary tropes or less invested in the action, the ManningCast on ESPN2 provided a great alternative that was more entertainment-focused than game-focused. pure soccer.

This week, the ManningCast heads to golf for the PGA Championship. Now, if we could just transfer that idea to football, with or without the Manning brothers.

As one of the four major tournaments, the PGA Championship is a big deal. ESPN pulls out all the stops for its coverage, including multiple viewing options. One of those options will be a ManningCast-style show, produced by Peyton Manning’s production company Omaha Productions, which earlier this year signed a deal with ESPN to create content for football (professional and college), golf and the UFC.

I love this idea.

Anyone who watches sports on TV knows that after a while advertisers can get stale and boring. While some play-by-play advertisers enhance the viewing experience and a few analysts know how to explain the game to viewers, more often than not broadcasters always say the same things and rarely provide interesting information.

The result is that fans are bored of the show before changing channels or focusing on their phones.

A ManningCast is the perfect solution, as casual fans are often more likely to engage with the non-mainstream coverage. It’s the same reason millions of people watch Twitch streamers play video games.

ESPN captured a similar sensation with the latest NCAA women’s basketball square, when Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi provided incredible coverage. (Megan Rapinoe even joined the show.)

Now we just need an American broadcaster to bring the idea to football.

Why we need a football squadCast

Admittedly, there are times when watching the beautiful game you want to hear the advertisers. Some of the sport’s most memorable moments have included brilliant broadcast calls, such as “Oh, can you believe that?” Come on, go to the United States!” or “corner taken quickly”.

But too often you don’t care much about the announcers, or aren’t invested enough in the game to care what they have to say. In these cases, watching a show with non-traditional commentary is the best way to keep viewers engaged.

It’s not necessarily a new idea. During major football matches, it doesn’t take much searching to find a simulcast in which YouTubers stream watching a game, although they are unable to show the game in progress due to broadcast rights issues. . CBS even did it with the Champions League.

I want it on TV, with the game airing with it. A complete ManningCast for football.

One way is to have the Manning brothers on a football show. Sure, they’d have no idea what they’re talking about, but it would be a great way for sports fans who don’t follow football to learn about the beautiful game.

Another option would be to have former football players with strong chemistry do their own version of a ManningCast. We saw great camaraderie from CBS analysts – Clint Dempsey, Oguchi Onyewu, Charlie Davies on the USA side, Micah Richards and Jamie Carragher on the Champions League side – so we know they would be entertaining to listen to during the game.

Other options would be a mix of former players and non-players, like Abby Wambach and his wife Glennon Doyle, who bless his heart did his best to learn football. Or bring back Megan Rapinoe and let her hang out with her partner Sue Bird and maybe add Christine Sinclair, Rapinoe’s former teammate. Maybe Steve Nash will come back and get involved in football broadcasting (actually, please don’t).

However a broadcaster decides to do it, I think lightly boozy broadcasters, as was the case with the Women’s Final Four, is a great idea.

Steve Nash on his football days, six beers after his favorite club Tottenham lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich.

When the World Cup takes place in November (and the Women’s World Cup in 2023), Fox should seriously consider airing a ManningCast-style show. Casuals and non-soccer fans would be far more likely to tune in to entertaining and conversational coverage than the list of lackluster announcers they’ll hire to call games.

As for the PGA Championship this week, I don’t think ESPN is setting up this latest ManningCast to succeed. For starters, they’re using Joe Buck — whom ESPN stole from Fox for $75 million — to direct the coverage, which isn’t quite what we’ve already discussed. While the guests will be interesting and varied – from Charles Barkley to Fred Couples, from the Manning Brothers to actor Jon Hamm – it remains to be seen if Buck can find the same chemistry with co-host Michael Collins as Peyton and Eli or Bird. and Taurasi shown. In fact, the very idea of ​​having a qualified broadcaster as a host goes against the ethics of a ManningCast.

As someone who doesn’t care too much about golf, I’m infinitely more likely to listen to the ManningCast of the PGA Championship than any mainstream coverage. I might just turn the golf this weekend to check it out. Probably not, but there is a chance.

If you’re interested in the ManningCast, it will air for four hours a day during all four rounds — 1-2 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and 2-5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday, followed by 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 10 a.m. ET on ESPN. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. If that program isn’t weird enough for you, how about the fact that ESPN shares broadcast rights with CBS, which has the final six hours of coverage on Saturday and Sunday. Imagine watching the first half of a football match on ESPN before switching to FS1 for the second half. Again, it’s golf, which takes all day to complete a round, so maybe they need to change the channel to make sure viewers are still awake.

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