Devil’s advocate - which I can’t verify other than from the horses mouth (Pat) - the show will be the same show from the same place in Indy with the same guys. Still have his boy Arod on Tuesdays during the season, etc. He flat out said “it’ll still be the show, just with fewer F-bombs”
But thats not how mother Disney works. They control everything. You sign with them you give up all creative freedom. It wont be an over night change but you will see more and more. Topics forced on them. Pointless arguments. Pat more clean cut. No swearing. Less antics.
I don’t understand the push-back that PMS is getting.
Personally, with how successful Pat McAfee has been throughout just not his show, but his other endeavors (WWE, College Gameday, etc), the fact that there were multiple networks/platforms that were vying for his show, and how they have repeatedly said that the core of the show and what it is will never change regardless of where they are…I don’t see any reason to believe that ESPN is going to come in and purchase a wildly successful program and then attempt to change it. I don’t see why Pat and his company would agree to a deal where that was on the table.
It seems pretty simple to me: Pat has been guaranteed that they will still have creative control, very little will change, and now his show will have reach to a majority of households/sports bars/airports, etc in the United States. Pat flat out said he wouldn’t take a deal that wouldn’t allow them to also simulcast on YouTube and because of that, deals with other networks/platforms were tabled. But I’m supposed to believe that he’s willing to “sell out” his entire vision and tone of the show to a Network when he wouldn’t even give up 100k viewers on YouTube? Come on.
Sounds like people are just pissed off that the guys won’t be able to say “■■■■” every other word. It’s so weird.
I really only listen to portions of his show when I see it linked here or someone on SM that I follow posts video highlights. Enjoyed them and I guess time will tell what limitations, if any, are put in place.(other than the swearing which, less of, isn’t a big deal)
I havent seen disney impact fox media or others in the way that this group seems to have. To each their own but if Seth McFarlane is allowed to blast disney in his shows and show what he has in them, i doubt mcafee will be all that impacted… but time will tell
In the long run I can see Disney starting to push McAfee in whatever direction they want. For now though, I bet they’ll let him run the show as he already has in order to keep his current audience engaged. That damn mouse knows how to chase the almighty dollar.
I think the simple truth is ESPN needs McAfee more than McAfee needs ESPN. If they push too hard and he doesn’t agree…what are they going to do? Fire him? He didn’t need ESPN before and won’t need them after. Him and the boys have all the leverage.