Manning's Move To Broncos Dominates ESPN Airwaves, Newspaper Front Pages
Peyton Manning's decision to sign with the Broncos dominated ESPN's broadcasts yesterday, while some of the network news shows noted the transaction as well. The 6:00pm ET edition of “SportsCenter” yesterday led with Manning, including commentary from Adam Schefter and reports from Josina Anderson in Denver outside the Broncos facility, Bob Holtzman in Nashville at the Titans facility and Colleen Dominguez in S.F. at the 49ers facility. The first non-Manning-related topic, approximately 23 minutes into the broadcast, was an injury update on North Carolina G Kendall Marshall. Later in the broadcast, Steve Young, Bill Polian and Broncos G Zane Beadles appeared separately to discuss Manning. The broadcast also aired the “Top Ten Peyton Manning Moments.” Manning was also the top subject on "PTI," "Around The Horn" and "Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable." “NFL Live” dedicated its entire hour to Manning, the future of current Broncos QB Tim Tebow, the future plans of other teams that were pursuing Manning and other player moves by the Broncos. The final 10 minutes of ABC’s “World News” and CBS’ “Evening News” last night both touched on whether Tebow will be out of a job with the Broncos signing Manning; ABC airing a 26-second report, while CBS broadcast a 21-second update. This morning’s edition of ABC’s “GMA” reported on Manning approximately 15 minutes into the broadcast with a short news brief, while “CBS This Morning” featured a 3:25 report with CBS’ Armen Keteyian live in-studio. Neither last night’s “Nightly News” nor this morning’s edition of “Today” on NBC mentioned the Manning deal (Paul Sanford, THE DAILY).
EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT: The Manning news also graced the front page of several morning newspapers today. The Denver Post runs a story that takes up the majority of the front page under the header, "Changing Horses." Several other Colorado newspapers -- including those in Colorado Springs, Boulder and Grand Junction -- feature Manning on the cover. The INDIANAPOLIS STAR features a cartoon caricature of Manning in a Broncos jersey under the header, "Bucking For A Super Bowl." USA TODAY features an action shot of Manning surrounded by several stats (THE DAILY).