NFL Media Notes: Roethlisberger Injury Creates Challenges For Nets
In Philadelphia, Rob Tornoe noted ESPN and other networks "now must contend with the news" that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will miss the rest of the season. ESPN will air Bengals-Steelers on "MNF" in Week 4 and Dolphins-Steelers in primetime in Week 11, so the "hope at ESPN has to be" that Steelers backup QB Mason Rudolph "lights it up and becomes a story line on his own. Both NBC and Fox will also feature the Steelers in primetime this season. But "thanks to the NFL's flex rules, the league could bump" Steelers-Chargers on "SNF" in Week 6 out of primetime and "replace it with another Week 6 game" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/17).
LACKING PRESTIGE: In N.Y., Andrew Marchand writes with ESPN's Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland on the "MNF" call, it "creates more of a regular Sunday regional broadcast atmosphere than 'Monday Night Football.'" McFarland has "shown some strong flashes" as an analyst, but he "lacks reps on NFL game broadcasts." Tessitore "seems as if he may be a better fit for college than the pros." Overall, ESPN is "going in the right direction, having simplified its approach." The game is "center stage instead of the gimmicks" prevalent during last season's "MNF" broadcasts (N.Y. POST, 9/18).
MAKING THE SWITCH: In K.C., Pete Grathoff notes the Chiefs yesterday "reached a six-year agreement with the E.W. Scripps Company to be the team's 'official broadcast television partner.'" KSHB-NBC and KMCI -TV are "both owned by Scripps." Starting Saturday, the "Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider" show "will be moved" to KSHB and KMCI. Next summer, KSHB "will air Chiefs preseason games." The "Chiefs Insider" show and preseason games "previously had been aired" on KCTV-CBS (K.C. STAR, 9/18).
LOOKING AHEAD: In West Palm Beach, Hal Habib notes there have already been "internal discussions on how NFL Network will cover" the Dolphins' draft despite the season only being three weeks old. The Dolphins "hold seven picks in the first three rounds" of the '20 Draft (PALM BEACH POST, 9/18).