We now have another memorable “Sunday Night Football” player intro to add to the mix with Terrell Suggs’ “Ball So Hard University” and Tony Gonzalez’s “I’m Tony Gonzalez???”
Washington Football Team linebacker Milo Eifler made his first career start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys thanks to his team’s issues with injuries and COVID. In fact, Eifler was so new that his intro that aired on NBC was just a little bit out of whack.
It is customary for players to introduce themselves by stating their name as well as the school that they attended. When it was Eifler’s turn to be introduced though, the broadcast aired him just smiling in silence.
Twitter got a kick out of the unexpected intro and had some funny reactions.
The rookie Eifler, who attended college at Illinois, had not played a single defensive snap in the NFL before Sunday. Thus, the likeliest explanation is that Eifler did not have time to record an intro for NBC before his start. The image that appeared on the broadcast was also probably a still shot because Eifler was not moving or blinking in it, as you can see above.
Washington ended up getting demolished by the Cowboys 56-14, and some of Eifler’s teammates were even fighting on the sidelines. But at least Eifler got to play the much-needed part of comic relief with his player intro.
The New Orleans Saints were more than happy to ratio NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” crew after upsetting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Saints were victorious over the Bucs in Week 15, pulling off a feat that no one had achieved against a Tom Brady-led team in a very long time.
Afterwards the Saints tweeted a video at “Sunday Night Football,” exposing them for almost unanimously choosing Tampa Bay to win before the game. Jac Collinsworth, Rodney Harrison, Snoop Dogg, Mike Florio, Chris Simms, Maria Taylor, and Tony Dungy all picked the Bucs. The Saints added clown imagery and honking sound effects over footage of their predictions. Former Saints star Drew Brees was the only analyst to pick New Orleans to win. He got a crown and applause sound effects in the video.
The Saints were massive 11-point underdogs heading into the game, but they still managed to get the win, their seventh straight regular season victory over the Bucs. This is also not the first time this year that “Sunday Night Football” has gone a bit left for NBC.
Some viewers of NBC’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” this week got a bit of a surprise.
During the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Seattle Seahawks showdown, many watching on television tweeted that they were receiving the audio for the game in Spanish.
While it is unclear how widespread the issue was, some viewers reported that they were receiving the Spanish feed in New Orleans. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand also shared a video of a message running across the broadcast in the affected area acknowledging and apologizing for the error.
Cox Customer Care tweeted that they were working to resolve the issue.
Interestingly enough, some viewers during last week’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” also reported having a very similar issue, apparently in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These viewers tweeted that Spanish audio could be heard in the background of the main broadcast.
The issue appears to have gotten worse during this week’s broadcast, as the Spanish audio had replaced the actual game audio entirely instead of just being audible in the background. This is just the latest in what has already been an error-filled season for NBC and “Sunday Night Football.”
“Sunday Night Football” could have a new television home if ESPN gets its way.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, ESPN and Disney are prepared to pay at least $1 billion to secure the rights to the NFL’s weekly Sunday night game. The network would likely place that game on ABC. The rights are currently held by NBC, which will compete to keep them.
There are multiple reasons ESPN wants to add a second NFL package in addition to “Monday Night Football.” The network wants a spot in the Super Bowl rotation, which it does not have currently. In addition, Disney executives have argued to the NFL that they pay $2 billion per year for the inferior Monday night schedule and no Super Bowl, while NBC’s Sunday night package gets them a Super Bowl broadcast and a better and more flexible schedule for just $950 million. It is important to note, however, that ESPN’s deal grants them a near-monopoly on NFL highlights.
If NBC were to lose the Sunday night game, they could still bid on Monday or Thursday games.
The current “Monday Night Football” deal runs through 2021, while the league’s other TV packages expire after the 2022 season. Renegotiations are already underway, and it looks like the cost for these packages is primed to go way up.