Joe Buck’s ESPN debut will be on … Golf.
Buck will be leading a “manningcast” for the PGA Championship later this month, The Post has learned. He will be joined by ESPN golf analyst Michael Collins, known as “ESPN Caddy”.
Unlike Kay-Rod, which starred Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez in Sunday Night Baseball, this Buck cast is being produced by Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions.
Omaha Productions is partnering with ESPN to provide Peyton and Eli Manning’s alternate broadcasts during Monday Night Football. In ESPN’s new deal with Omaha Productions, Manning’s company will create alternative programming for golf, UFC and college football. The buck cast is first.
ESPN declined to comment.
In March, Buck left Fox Sports to join Troy Aikman on Monday Night Football. Buck signed a five-year, more than $75 million deal to call MNF games.
Aikman’s NFL spotter David Moulton, who worked with Buck on golf, is also expected to be involved in the Buck cast. The show will likely emanate from a studio in Buck’s hometown of St. Louis.
The Buck-Cast will take place across all four days of the PGA Championship beginning Thursday, May 19th. The first and second round buck cast shows begin on ESPN, while traditional golf live coverage begins on ESPN+.
The buck-cast will be the main presentation when linear coverage begins. The show plans to book “A-list” guests.
After an hour, Buck and Collins will switch to ESPN2 when main golf coverage switches to ESPN.
For the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Buck-cast has an hour on ESPN to start the day while traditional coverage returns to ESPN+. After the first hour, the buck cast will move to ESPN+ while the main crew will move back to ESPN.
CBS will still have the final hours of coverage on the weekend day.
NBC/Peacock’s new exclusive “MLB Leadoff” games begin at 11:30 am this Sunday this Mother’s Day when the Red Sox host the White Sox Jason Benetti will be the play-by player each week, while NBC/Peacock will deploy new analysts each Sunday. For the first game, Benetti will be joined by his usual White Sox partner, steve stoneand former Red Sox Kevin Youkilis.
“It’s going to be a hyper-local television show with a national flair,” said the NBC executive producer Sam flood.
While it’s difficult to keep track of, and understandably frustrating and expensive for fans to have another streamer involved, give NBC and MLB credit for the format that pushes the rest of Sunday’s schedule back a manageable half-hour , so no other game starts before 1:30 p.m. This will create a true peak-of-the-day exclusive window with Peacock and the end of the day with ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” NBC will pay tribute to its long-gone national game of the week, when a random national game held more relevance. In a fragmented and rich media world, regular season baseball is only a good national television product because the exact same game is available at least two more times in three days. However, with the setup created, MLB/NBC performs at least well.
If you need more proof that the cable bundle is still sporting, check out what’s happening right now with the NBA and NHL playoffs on ESPN and Turner. Basically, these networks have either hockey or basketball playoff games most nights for the next six weeks. If you want to watch these games, you need these networks, so you need cables. … ESPN went to split screen during the NHL playoffs for an ad for the – Stanley Cup Playoffs. We’re already watching. It may be written in the terms of the contract, but these ads make no sense. … The Memphis-Golden State series has so much momentum that it’s a shame there’s a Tuesday-to-Saturday delay between Game 2 and Game 3. That is to long.
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