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Get Up Debates Reggie Bush’s Playboy Interview

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One of the larger debate topics that exists in college sports is whether or not athletes should be compensated for their “name, image, and likeness.” The NCAA has given their support to changing the rules on this subject. However, the rules could not be changed until 2021-22 at the earliest. The topic has come up once again in debate recently. 

In an interview with Playboy, former USC running back and current FOX College Football analysts Reggie Bush gave these comments on what the new rules could do for athletes today when he was asked about wanting to be a coach someday: 

“Guidance is the one thing that young athletes coming through the college system miss on so much. I missed on it. They’re about to start paying college athletes. This is something that has never been experienced before, and it’s going to destroy some people if their foundation is not in the right place.”

Bush took some issue with ESPN talking about the situation on Monday and tweeted that ESPN should take down the article for taking his quotes out of context. However, Bush would not talk to ESPN further in another tweet that was later deleted, but its currently on Awful Announcing

On Tuesday, Get Up weighed in on the subject as Mike Greenberg talked with Laura Rutledge, Paul Finebaum, and Jalen Rose to talk about the affect the new rules could have on players. Rose talked about the foundation quote to begin the conversation as a former high-profile collegiate athlete. 

The athlete should major in sports while they are in college. Learn public relations, learn how to be a trainer/doctors, learn the jobs within sports. If the professional sport isn’t for you, you can still get a job in that profession. So many times, when athletes are done with college, they can’t get a job in sports. That dynamic needs to change.” 

Of course, some might argue that Bush should not be the one giving these comments after he chose to give up his 2005 Heisman Trophy for receiving benefits while at USC. Finebaum is one of those people who backs that argument.

“College football has many filters. I don’t mean to shoot the messenger here. You can’t forget he [Bush] disgraced his school, he had a Heisman taken away from him. I’d rather go to Tom Brady for a golf lesson than to Reggie Bush for advice on what to do in college. I think he’s trying to cover up the mistakes he made without taking responsibility.”

Rose disagreed with this point saying that “experience is the best teacher.” He would add that it’s important that athletes should learn how to use their money, saying young people should not be taking “ballet, basket weaving, teach them how to manage their money and their situation. It’s the score of the game and the game of life.” 

Give credit to ESPN for not going after Bush after Bush tweeted at them to retract the story, but also using his point to talk about a larger issue in the world of college sports.

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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