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Harry Lyles Jr Discusses Racial Justice Issues On ESPN College Football Podcast

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The latest episode of ESPN’s College Football podcast mainly focuses on the social issues in America and how it affects college athletes. The season is officially underway after Saturday night’s FCS kickoff game between Central Arkansas and Austin Peay, but this is an issue that will stay in the news for the foreseeable future. 

One of Kevin Negandhi’s guests was staff writer Harry Lyles Jr. (You can hear the interview beginning at the 27:42 mark of the episode). Lyles had a lot to say during this episode and the first topic that was mentioned was about the cancellations of practice that took place over the last week from players.

“When you talk about all these cancellations that are going on right now, I think you got a lot of coaches, AD’s, and presidents who are like ‘let’s get all of this out of the way right now,'” he said. “They do not want the Pac-12’s problem. They don’t want to have to answer for anything. They don’t want to lose games, they don’t want to upset their dollars and cents. I should be specific about that, those are racist dollars and cents because if you do not care about the livelihood of these black athletes, then that makes you a racist and I think that we need to start saying that.”

As for the role of coaches, athletic directors, school presidents, and conference commissioners, Lyles made it perfectly clear by saying they have to listen to their players and keep the mental health of the student-athletes in mind.

“They have to care. I know you hear the frustration in my voice, but it is tiring,” Lyles said. “What else do black people have to say to get you to realize that this is not just a trend, a social media movement? This is a battle. Black people did not pick this…The role of these coaches, AD’s, presidents needs to be you have to care about other people who do not look like you.”

Throughout this interview, you will hear about the conversations that Lyles has had with some of the PAC-12 student-athletes (not just football) and the issue of voter suppression as well with the NCAA recommending athletes have Election Day off. 

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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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