Pat McAfee has become a ubiquitous presence in the world of sports media in recent years, turning his weekly radio show into a massive deal with FanDuel, a full-time wrestling and commentating gig for WWE, and also appearing on various ESPN properties like College game dayXFL broadcasts and, more recently, Monday Night Football Manningcast.
The popularity of Peyton and Eli’s alternate show has led ESPN and other networks to look for opportunities to replicate that success, and it looks like Amazon wants to tap McAfee to air an alternate show for Thursday Night Football this year. . After signing Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit to call the games on a traditional stream, Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy reports that McAfee is in talks with Amazon for an alternate broadcast, as it would allow him to stay home in Indianapolis and continue to doing his very lucrative radio show.
McAfee has has said in the past that he has discussed a deal with Amazon but couldn’t commit to going to games, but it would afford him the opportunity to squeeze an NFL show into his schedule by not having to travel. While McAfee isn’t the household name that Peyton and Eli are, he has a massive presence and an embedded following that would follow him on an Amazon show, which might be more important for the streaming giant considering you’ll have to be researched. that show to find it, rather than coming across it when scrolling through your channel guide.
His appearance on the Manningcast showed what might be his greatest strength in the role, which was recognizing that people want to hear from Peyton and Eli, so he often deflected questions in order to ask for something in return and get a history of the Mannings. This bodes well for his own version as he brings in guests and because of his veneer of taking on so many roles on various shows, his version for Amazon probably wouldn’t get as awkward and people stepping on each other as Year 1. from the Manningcast.
We’ll have to wait and see if that gets done, but there are plenty of reasons both sides would see benefit in doing so.