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Sports Illustrated Introduces New App

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Sports Illustrated TV, which launched on Amazon Channels in November and announced a partnership with fuboTV last week, debuted its own direct-to-consumer subscription app on Tuesday.

“Launching this app provides sports lovers with even more opportunities to access SI TV’s programming, so whether they go direct or though pay TV providers like fuboTV we offer consumers even more ways to tap into the vast options of SI TV’s original and acquired documentaries, shows and movies that have broad appeal,” said Josh Oshinsky, head of programming for SI TV at Meredith Corporation. “Our strategy is to keep finding ways to bring SI TV to consumers however and wherever they want to watch.”

The SI TV app launch comes on the heels of the NFL Draft.  The direct-to-consumer app will offer content reflective of the NFL Draft with its “Under The Cover” series featuring Saquon Barkley.  Baker Mayfield will be the subject for “The Big interview.”

Other original content includes the following:

  • “The Vault”: A look back at some of the biggest stories to appear in Sports Illustrated during its 63-year history through new interviews.
  •  “The Crossover”: A basketball show with SI.com writers Matt Dollinger and Rohan Nadkarni discussing players, games, culture, fashion and memes.
  • “Planet Futbol”: Soccer writer Grant Wahl, explores the sport around the globe with guests from Europe and the Americas.
  • “The Line” (working title): Sports wagering and daily fantasy sports.

The app will be available on web browsers, Roku, iOS and Android devices for $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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NBC Takes Premier League Show To Super Bowl Week

“During Super Bowl week, February 8-13, it will be presented from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles with Arlo White hosting along with Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe, and Tim Howard.”

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NBC Sports will be broadcasting their new Premier League studio show between February 8-20. 

During Super Bowl week, February 8-13, it will be presented from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles with Arlo White hosting along with Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe, and Tim Howard.  This is the second time the Premier League studio show will visit the Super Bowl, the first being in 2015 for Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.

The next weekend, February 19-20, Arlo White will go across the pond to the Sky Sports studios in the U.K. and host again but this time with Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux.

From February 2-20, Rebecca Lowe will daytime host throughout the 2022 Winter Games.  Also during this time, NBC Sports International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut. will be utilizing all studios for Winter Games coverage.

This will be NBC Sports’ second trip to Los Angeles for the Premier League this season.  During October, the Premier League Mornings Live fan festival was run in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – home to two Olympic Games (1932 and 1984) and two Super Bowls (I and VII).

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Skip Bayless: I’m Married to My Job, Everything Else is Second

“I live for this. It’s my whole life. It’s my calling. It’s not a job; it’s my passion.”

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Yes, it seems like everybody has a podcast. But someone who’s on television and is paid to share (shout) his or her opinions almost certainly has an audio program in a medium that continues to grow. The cup can’t runneth over.

That includes Skip Bayless, who already has two-and-a-half hours of airtime Monday through Friday (totally 12.5 hours per week) on FS1 with Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. That seems like plenty of Skip. Even he would presumably think so. But no!

Bayless recently launched The Skip Bayless Show, which provides an additional platform for punditry, another hour each week in which he can unleash his takes on the sports populace. With the NFL playoffs taking almost all of the sports spotlight right now, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Bayless has put his focus there in the three shows so far.

But he also adds a personal touch, something there probably isn’t time for on Undisputed (though that show has plenty of time). In the latest episode, for instance, Bayless discussed how Tom Brady has influenced his life professionally and personally, which might make the quarterback’s retirement a bit more impactful for him.

However, Bayless also provided a glimpse at his personal ethic and how he balances work with his life. As it turns out, that work-life balance may not be balanced at all with an admission that he chose not to have children because of his devotion to his career.

“I am obsessed to this moment with what I am doing right here, right now with you,” said an emotional Bayless (via The Big Lead). “I live for this. It’s my whole life. It’s my calling. It’s not a job; it’s my passion. It’s what I was born to do and what I want to continue to do as long as my personal situation will allow it.”

Bayless went on to share that his refusal to have children cost him a marriage and another long-term relationship. But he knew that working nights and weekends “obsessively” to cover sports thoroughly would make him “a horrible father.” He was up front with his current wife when they began dating and she accepted that.

It would be easy to mock Bayless for taking himself so seriously that he avoided what many might consider a normal life, maybe even the ideal. But whether you like Bayless or not, it can’t be denied that he’s successful. Very successful. According to the New York Post‘s Andrew Marchand, Bayless agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with Fox Sports last year.

Would he have achieved that kind of financial reward by trying to have a family, what many might consider a normal life? Maybe. But maybe it would’ve been more difficult and as Bayless feared, perhaps there would’ve been repercussions.

All of this seems a bit sad and Bayless’s emotion appears to show that this has not been an easy choice for him. Whether or not you admire him for his success likely depends on what you value most in life.

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Draymond Green Signs With Turner Sports

“Most of Green’s work on Inside the NBA will be done remotely, but he will appear in studio when he can.”

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Draymond Green isn’t done playing in the NBA, but he is already making moves in the broadcast world. He already has a podcast with The Volume. On Thursday, he officially joined Turner Sports.

Turner characterizes the deal as “first-of-its-kind.” Indeed, Draymond Green will become the first active NBA player contributing to Turner’s coverage of the league. He will make appearances across a number of the company’s NBA properties, including Inside the NBA.

Most of Green’s work on Inside the NBA will be done remotely, but he will appear in studio when he can.

While this is Green’s first contract with Turner, he is no stranger to the company. He has made appearances on a number of special TNT broadcasts over the last two years.

“I’ve had an amazing experience working with Turner Sports in recent years and I’m a big believer in the way they entertain and genuinely connect with fans on all levels,” Draymond Green said in a press release at NBA.com. “Today’s announcement helps to formalize our relationship and I couldn’t be prouder to officially be a part of the TNT family.”

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