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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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Al Michaels: Condensed Prep Time For Thursday Night Football ‘A Downside’

“It’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us.”

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There were bound to be unexpected hiccups and unintended consequences as Al Michaels moved to Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime Video.

He told The Boston Globe Thursday that one of the downsides of the week’s schedule is less prep time with the teams playing in the game.

“When we go to see the teams, it’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us,” Michaels said. “And all the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve built some great relationships with coaches and players and GMs and owners and you name it, and I don’t get that much time to spend with them anymore. That’s a downside part of it for me. Some of the best stories you get come from those relationships.”

Michaels has raised eyebrows this season while not being shy about his disdain for some poor matchups early in the schedule. However, he now understands that there are quality games as the season approaches its close.

“The schedule was a little leaky with the Carolina-Atlanta game and a couple of other games that we’ve had, but now we’re positioned for a nice run down the stretch,” said Michaels.

The 78-year-old was also asked how he remains energetic and passionate for the job he’s held for so long.

The games are exciting. I love sports. You don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s no script. And unscripted television is the greatest.”

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Jimmy Pitaro: Reaching Younger Audience A Priority for ESPN

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience. As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

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Many in the media industry have voice concern that millennials and Gen Z aren’t consuming traditional media outlets like previous generations. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said it’s a priority for the network.

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience,” Pitaro said, quoted by Morning Consult sports business reporter Mark J. Burns. “As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

Pitaro made the comments at Sports Business Journal’s Media Innovators conference Wednesday. It is a continuation of comments he has made in recent years.

In 2018, Pitaro said at ESPN’s upfront “I think we are doing a fantastic job serving the sports fanatic,” said Pitaro. “What about the casual sports customer? Are we doing all we can to serve him or her?”.

In 2019, Pitaro said it was “all hands on deck” to reach a younger audience and women. “We have to be open and go to where our customers are,” he said in regards to reaching younger viewers on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Earlier this year, Pitaro added that ESPN won’t be leaving linear television anytime soon.

“What I will tell you is that as I sit here right now, that business is still incredible,” Pitaro said. “We serve the sports fan anyway and at any time. I know there are a lot of people that still want ESPN in that traditional ecosystem.”

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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