- ESPN may lose the ‘ManningCast’ as Amazon is reportedly looking to acquire the talents of both Manning brothers.
- Amazon would certainly have the funds to offer Eli and Peyton Manning a lucrative deal.
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ESPN introducing the ‘ManningCast’ this NFL season may be the best move the worldwide leader in sports has made over the course of the last decade.
Peyton and Eli Manning have been brilliant each and every time they’ve broadcasted a Monday Night Football game this season. Getting their perspective on the game at hand, hearing from A-list guests, and getting their banter back-and-forth has been a refreshing addition to a rather stale broadcasting world.
The Mannings have already generated the seven most-watched alternate telecasts in ESPN history since starting the ‘ManningCast’ this season.
ESPN knows it struck gold with the Manning brothers and now the company will have to do its best to hang onto them because Amazon is reportedly snooping around.
Amazon is making a big-time push into the live sports space and according to Front Office Sports, one of the company’s top targets is the ‘ManningCast.’
According to the report, Amazon Prime Video is looking to acquire the talents of the Manning brothers for a Thursday Night Football MegaCast. Omaha Productions, which is Peyton’s production company, has a contract in place with ESPN until 2023. The Mannings are contracted to call 10 alternate broadcasts of Monday Night Football each season.
The new president and chief executive officer of Amazon, Andy Jassy, is supposedly a huge sports fan.
It also goes without saying that Amazon would certainly have the funds to offer the Mannings an offer they simply could not refuse. Amazon’s 2020 sales hit $386 billion.
“Amazon could just come in with a ton of money for the show — plus Amazon Prime content deals for Omaha — then move ManningCast over in two years,” a source told Front Office Sports.