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Pat McAfee signs major multi-show deals with ESPN and Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions

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Pat McAfee’s dominance of the media side of the sports and entertainment game has reached a whole new level with news that the popular podcaster and former Indianapolis Colts great has inked a gigantic multi-show deal with ESPN.

In September, ESPN announced that they and the host of “The Pat McAfee Show” had agreed to a new exclusive deal that would see the energetic talent as a panelist for the network’s weekly College Gameday shows. The multi-year pact began with the Sept. 10 episode of Saturday’s pregame tradition.

However, that is far from the end of the relationship between McAfee and ESPN. Along with his full-time duties at College Gameday, McAfee will also “contribute to ESPN’s coverage of the Rose Bowl game, and the College Football Playoff semifinals and national championship.” He also signed a special deal with former teammate Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions. The same company that produces the popular alternative series “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” and the new UFC alternative television show “Gronk Cast.”

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Under his deal with Omaha Productions, McAfee will host six college football alternative shows. The first will come on Saturday, October 1st, and will air on ESPN2. But wait, there’s more.

Pat McAfee will also join ESPN’s Super Bowl and Pro Bowl coverage

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McAfee will also participate in ESPN’s coverage of the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and appear on morning editions of the network’s “Get Up” show.

“College GameDay is one of those shows that is universally loved. It is an institution. It’s a Saturday tradition for everyone. From truck drivers to suits and everyone in between, GameDay is a staple of all our fall routines. To be given the opportunity to join full-time is an absolute honor. I understand the weight the show has in the sports universe and I will try to add to it somehow.”

Pat McAfee on new College Gameday gig

The 35-year-old was an All-American at West Virginia who went on to become an All-Pro player with the Colts. He retired from the NFL after his eighth year in the league in 2016. Since then he has developed his popular “The Pat McAfee Show”, which has multi-year contract for $120 million with betting site FanDuel last year.

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McAfee also worked as an analyst for WWE on Fox’s Smackdown Live broadcasts. He also competed in the ring for the promotion at their annual Wrestlemania and Summerslam stadium events. The former NFL player is expected to return to his weekly WWE role when the college football season ends early next year.

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