Actor Jon Hamm Narrates Exclusive Kansas City Chiefs ‘Back-to-Back Greatness’ YouTube Video

The NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs have kicked off the celebration of back-to-back Super Bowl victories with the launch of their YouTube video, “Back-to-Back Greatness,” ahead of the team’s upcoming Super Bowl LVIII Ring unveiling.

Jon Hamm

Narrated by Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor and Missouri native Jon Hamm, the video features the team’s cornerback Trent McDuffie and defensive end George Karlaftis. Both players were drafted in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Chiefs, and went on to win Super Bowl LVII as rookies following the 2022 season. They followed that up with a victory in Super Bowl LVIII after the 2023 season, putting them — along with other Chiefs teammates — in an exclusive group of players that have won back-to-back Super Bowls with the same team in their first two years in the NFL.

In the spot, McDuffie and Karlaftis are seen inside a museum gallery, observing Chiefs artifacts as well as gold-framed paintings of moments throughout Chiefs history hung on red walls.

As they’re viewed by McDuffie and Karlaftis, the paintings send viewers to different eras of Chiefs football, with archival photos, video, and audio highlighting franchise history from the earliest days with founder Lamar Hunt, head coach Hank Stram, and QB Len Dawson, to the modern era led by CEO Clark Hunt, head coach Andy Reid and QB Patrick Mahomes.

Each of the club’s three previous Super Bowl rings (IV, LIV, LVII) — all produced by Jostens, The Official Championship Ring Manufacturer of the Kansas City Chiefs — make an appearance in the video, alluding to the newest piece of jewelry on the way.

“A championship ring ceremony is one of the most unique nights in the sports world as it represents the culmination of a year’s worth of work on- and off-the-field and marks the last time players, coaches and staff will celebrate together before turning the page to the next season,” Mark Donovan, president of the Chiefs, said in a statement.

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Peacock Scores With Historic NFL Wild Card Playoff Game, Despite Brutal Conditions

NEWS ANALYSIS — Peacock’s distribution of the first-ever streaming-only NFL Super Wild Card Playoff Game on Jan. 13 between host (and reigning Super Bowl champion) Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins at Arrowhead Stadium was the fourth-coldest NFL game in history and a blowout 26-7 win for the home team.

It was also a win for Peacock.

With Peacock paying a reported $110 million to the NFL for the rights (similar to Prime Video’s $100 million first-ever NFL Black Friday game last November), the streamer is expected to report record viewership despite reported technical issues affecting some viewers around the country.

U.S. Rep. Pat Ryan (D-N.Y.)

Some viewers went to social media to complain about buffering and audio issues with the Peacock app, not unexpected when local ISP networks are inundated by excessive demand.

There were no TV streaming issues for this reporter, who appreciated being able to stop the live broadcast, rewind to previous plays, or to key highlight links selected by Peacock as the game transpired.

Speaking earlier this week on a media call, Rick Cordella, president of NBC Sports, said Peacock is not unfamiliar with streaming NBC Sports live events such as the Super Bowl, World Cup soccer, the Olympics, WrestleMania, Premier League soccer, in addition to “Sunday Night Football.”

In fact, with the exception of Cris Collinsworth’s absence in the broadcast booth, the entire “Sunday Night Football” team was in place for the Peacock event.

“This is not new territory for us, and I have confidence that our product and tech teams will deliver a great experience for the viewers Saturday evening,” Cordella said.

That didn’t stop U.S. House Rep. Pat Ryan (D-N.Y.) from blasting the NFL and NBC for what he said was a “greedy bait-and-switch scheme” that forced millions of fans to pay for “yet another streaming service” to watch a key playoff game.

In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cordella, Ryan demanded the game be made available on broadcast television (it was available on linear TV in local Kansas City and Miami markets), and pushed for Congress to review professional sports leagues’ long-standing antitrust exemption for broadcast agreements.

“It is absolutely ridiculous that my constituents, who already pay for NBC, have to pay even more to watch this game,” Ryan wrote in a press release. “How much more profit do Roger Goodell and NBC need to make at the expense of hard working Americans before they are satisfied?”

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The politician said he is demanding the NFL and NBC stop “the BS” and offer all games to viewers who already pay for access, or Congress would re-examine the league’s antitrust exemption.

“The NFL raked in $12 billion in 2022; NBCUniversal made almost $40 billion,” Ryan wrote. “They now have a choice, either fix this problem, or we’ll fix it for them.”

Paramount+ Helps Up Bills, Chiefs NFL Division Playoff Game Viewership 18%

Streaming access to live sports is beginning to have an impact on all-important viewership statistics.

The thrilling Jan. 23 NFL Divisional Playoff game that saw the Kansas City Chiefs’ incredulous overtime comeback win after the visiting Buffalo Bills had scored a go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds remaining, was watched by almost 43 million people, according to ViacomCBS. That was up 18% from the previous-year divisional playoff game — when the game was not available on streaming, or erstwhile CBS All Access, now called Paramount+.

The divisional playoff viewership record was set in 2017 when more than 48 million watched the Green Bay Packers defeat the Dallas Cowboys.

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Streaming has been a boon for CBS Sports, with Paramount+ also boosting total viewership numbers for the NFL Super Wild Card game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cowboys, including a reported 50 million watching the controversial finish won by the Niners.

Indeed, last weekend’s four divisional playoff games all came down to last-second winning field goals, with the average TV viewership across NBC (Peacock), Fox and CBS averaging more than 37 million viewers, up 21% from 2021.