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Stupodity Goes Behind The Scenes Of Inside The NBA

“On Tuesday, Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk had Tim Kiely as a guest on the Stupodity podcast. Kiely is the vice president of production and the executive producer at Turner Sports and was a guest recommended by Ernie Johnson.”

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With the NBA set to resume at the end of month in Orlando, one of the things sports fans are awaiting is the return of Inside The NBA on TNT after games. While there is no news yet on how the show will look when basketball comes back, there’s never a bad opportunity to learn more about the show that’s been on the air since 1989. 

One ESPN podcast this week gave us that opportunity. On Tuesday, Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk had Tim Kiely as a guest on the Stupodity podcast. Kiely is the vice president of production and the executive producer at Turner Sports and was a guest recommended by Ernie Johnson. 

While there was no news on the podcast about the future of the show, there were some great stories told by Kiely.

“We don’t fear mistakes,” he told the hosts. In fact, we celebrate them. Everyone has a party about it. It’s better radio and TV when you look like a human being. That was really the formula.”

Later in the interview, you hear Kiely talk about the format of the show and how it is different from the SportsCenter that he helped produce at ESPN from 1991-1994.

“When I got to Turner, there was no real middle or upper management to say do it this way. When the guests came in, he was so much more at ease because he wasn’t reading a generic question I wrote.”

Inside The NBA moments are watched by many and laughs are shared along the way. Kiely views Twitter as one of the thing that helped take the show to the next step as a big hit along with going live to the west coast.

“Everybody dove into it because it was a new thing. If it’s a good tweet, we will put it up. When they take a direct shot at one of our people in a fun way, that’s better than anything. The rise of Twitter and the first time we went with Charles to the west coast to do the Western Conference Finals, we showed up and people just mobbed us. It was like a rock concert. It got a lot more play out there.”

Throughout this episode, you will hear different stories about Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and what happened when Shaquille O’Neal joined the panel. It is a good reminder that the laughs will resume soon and to get to know more about the people that bring knowledge of the NBA and humor together into one cohesive show. 

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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LaVar Arrington, ‘Up On Game Presents’ Forges Multiplatform Deal With John Brenkus, Brinx.TV

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

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Fox Sports Radio morning co-host LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform deal with creator and host of Sport Science John Brenkus and Brinx.TV.

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV,” said Arrington. “This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry.”

“LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field,” adds Brenkus. “By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV’s distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success.”

Up On Game Presents is the podcast platform Arrington curates, in conjunction with Fox Sports Radio. The Up On Game podcast features Arrington and former NFL Pro Bowl wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress.

Brinx.TV was created in February of 2021 and allows subscribers the ability to watch live programming while also make purchases, bid in auctions, buy NFTs, and answer trivia questions.

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