Disney put sports at the forefront of its initial pitch and one of its most popular ESPN original series was Peyton’s places. The Peyton Manning-produced franchise made a big announcement ahead of Disney as Peyton announced a series expansion as well as a renewal of the original. Peyton’s places and Eli’s places.
The franchise will have three new shows with Sue Bird hosting a show on college basketball, PK Subban on hockey, and John McEnroe on tennis.
All three hosts have professional ties to ESPN, although two of them are still active players. McEnroe has been with the network for years on their Grand Slam coverage, but Subban is an analyst for ESPN’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, as he recently became an unrestricted free agent. Bird is in her 19th season with the Seattle Storm, but recently participated in a MegaCast with Diana Taurasi which was well received by the general public.
Starting in 2019 with Peyton Manning covering professional football, the Peyton’s places The franchise sends a top athlete from the sport across the country to interview notable personalities and reflect on some of the most defining moments in the history and culture of the sport. There are spinoffs hosted by Eli Manning (college football), Abby Wambach (soccer), Ronda Rousey (MMA/pro wrestling), David Ortiz (baseball), and Vince Carter (basketball).
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