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McManus excited about the NFL on CBS

Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:00 am
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sean McManus, CBS president of sports and news, joined us on a national teleconference this afternoon, and he offered a few interesting insights about the NFL – present and future.

“We had arguably the least competitive game this weekend with our KC-Baltimore matchup, but it was the highest-rated AFC wild card game in five years,” McManus said. “Go figure. The NFL is just on fire this year. We’re excited about continuing the momentum into two games that have enormous appeal for our viewers.”

(Naturally, he’s talking about the Jets-Patriots and Steelers-Ravens matchups that are on CBS this weekend.)

How could a potential lockout affect ratings assuming the NFLPA and owners come to an agreement at some point?

“I haven’t thought a lot about the lockout,” McManus said. “I try not to think about things we can’t control. If it’s a lockout, it would disappoint a lot of fans. It would disillusion some people. But having said that, fans have pretty short memories. If it’s a couple games, the interest for that first game back would be just as intense. (But) a lengthy holdout would have a different (feel) for the fans.”

I actually wanted to ask McManus if there was any part of the labor dispute the networks COULD control, or if he was just along for the ride, like most of the rest of us. But by the time I came to the front of the line in the phone queue, he was already off the call.

One other question: how would an 18-game schedule affect you?

“My only concern when I hear about other packages and about games being added on is to make sure that the Sunday afternoon package isn’t diluted to a point where it gets harmed,” McManus said. “But the NFL has always been very sensitive to that. I just don’t want it to damage the product that’s been so successful on CBS.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:58 pm
 

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Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Sean McManus excited about the NFL on CBS

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 2:08 am
 

McManus excited about the NFL on CBS

While I enjoy watching football on CBS McManus needs to do a better job in hiring its football announcers, analysts and sideline reporters. Sideline reporters should not take precious time away from the head coach during crucial points in the game by asking stupid questions.."Coach are you going to make changes to jump start your team?" The announcers need to do a better job pronouncing the athletes' names and admit their mistake and not pretend (or hope) that no one noticed their incompetence. And the analysts should not "speak the obvious" or say that they knew who was going to win. "Looks like the Rams want to score a touchdown to tie up the game....." "The Saints are going to win by a large margin (several hours later) "Like I said, the Seahawks were able to prove that they are as good as the Saints...and rightfully so."




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:16 am
 

McManus excited about the NFL on CBS

I actually wanted to ask McManus if there was any part of the labor dispute the networks COULD control, or if he was just along for the ride, like most of the rest of us. But by the time I came to the front of the line in the phone queue, he was already off the call.
You're CBS. He's CBS. Why don't you ask him yourself? What am I missing here?


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