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Steve Smith Says Mike Tyson Inspired Him To Start Podcast

“Smith Sr. was on the latest episode of the STUPodity podcast with Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk.”

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When people listen to former athletes talk on a podcast, they want to get to know the athlete beyond the playing field and relate to them on a personal level. That is the case with former Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver/current NFL Network analyst Steve Smith Sr. 

Smith Sr. was on the latest episode of the STUPodity podcast with Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk. In addition to talking about Smith’s interest in fruit preserves and how he could do if he played with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith had the chance to talk about his podcast, Cut To It

Stugotz asked him why he got into doing a podcast and originally, Smith Sr. was not on board initially to host one after his playing career was over.

“My team and good friends had said you should do a podcast for about 2 years. I’m like a kid. If I don’t like it, I don’t have to taste it. I was like no, I think they are stupid. They were like, have you listened to one? I was like no, I just don’t want to do them.”

However, there was one podcast he listened to that got him into wanting to host a podcast and it involved a famous athlete that he enjoyed watching as a kid and getting to know more about him as a person: 

“So, right before COVID hit, someone said man, Mike Tyson’s podcast HotBoxin’ is awesome, so I listened to it, and the one that got me was the one with Mike Epps and they were talking about how when they were both incarcerated in juveniles (juvenile detention centers) in Indiana. Mike was talking about what he went through and I really connected because I saw part of Mike. I’ve always admired Mike Tyson because I grew up watching him. When I heard him talk and just got some insight on him, it really spoke to me.”

Smith Sr. wanted to host a podcast where he can learn more about the athlete away from the playing field because he is interested in other people and “what makes them tick, how they operate, why are you what you are.” The reason he said that was because he felt people “put me in a box and they don’t really know me.” Plus, he wanted to reveal the many layers that athletes have.

“Every businessman wants to be an athlete and every athlete wants to be a businessman. I also have survivors’ guilt because of where I grew up in LA, so I want to give back to my community. You combine all of these things and I really think there are so many layers to people that sometimes athletes don’t get to reveal them because they just want to know what it’s like to catch a pass?

“The game is not what’s intriguing, it’s all the little things that you go through day to day with these players when you are spending so much time with them. I said I will do one, but I will do it my way. I want to interview and learn about these individuals. I don’t want to root for the player, I want to root for the man or woman who just made the game-winning shot.”

While Smith Sr. might be more famous for his pass-catching and trash talking on the gridiron, the now media member is working on making sure people get to talk about their own stories and introducing the listener to a different side of a player. 

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Over Half of All NFL Viewers Don’t Know Thursday Night Football Is Streaming on Amazon

A study of 1,000 Americans 18 and older indicated 53% of frequent NFL viewers are aware that the games will only be available on Amazon Prime Video.

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Thursday Night Football

The new NFL season is heading our way fast, and in Week 2, Amazon will be kicking off its historic run as the home for Thursday Night Football.

The only thing is apparently there’s a large group of football fans out there that still have no idea that you’ll only be able to stream those games.

Cumulus Media and Westwood One Audio Active Group commissioned a study of 1,000 Americans 18 and older which indicated 53% of frequent NFL viewers are aware that the games will only be available on Amazon Prime Video.

What’s more concerning, according to Nielsen Scarborough, 54% of of those who watched TNF (36.7 million) in the last year say they are not Amazon Prime members. So they likely won’t have access to a game stream anyway unless they subscribe.

On the flipside, though, those who already have Prime are more likely to tune in to games anyway. Of those surveyed, there’s a good chance the various alternate broadcasts offered in addition to the traditional feed with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit will bring in larger audiences and viewers who may be occasional NFL watchers.

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Apple is Leader to Land Big Ten Streaming Rights

Amazon has also been negotiating, but the decision by USC and UCLA to join the conference reportedly brought Apple to the table.

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Apple Big Ten

A new media rights deal for the Big Ten Conference is nearing its completion, and it’s being reported Apple is close to joining NBC, CBS and FOX as a media partner.

According to both The Athletic and reporting from MacRumors, the tech giant remains as the leading potential streaming partner in the new deal.

Amazon has also been negotiating, but the decision by USC and UCLA to join the conference reportedly brought Apple to the table.

The deal will reportedly see the conference make $1 billion per year. Apple has already made a splash in the streaming world this year, making deals with both MLB and MLS to stream. The company is also still being linked to talks over securing NFL Sunday Ticket.

A formal announcement of the TV rights deal is anticipated by the end of this week, but no word on whether streaming will be included in that or if a separate agreement needs to be reached.

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Big Cat: Listening to ESPN Wisconsin After Packers Playoff Loss ‘Highlight of My NFL Season’

“For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

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During a recent interview with Barstool Sports, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a poignant question for noted Chicago Bears fan Dan “Big Cat” Katz that he then used to slam the Packers quarterback while also expressing his enjoyment for Green Bay fans.

“Is it hard, for you as a Bears fan, that some of your greatest moments are cheering against me when the Bears aren’t playing?”, the Packers quarterback half-jokingly asked.

“Very good question,” Katz responded. “No, it’s actually great, because what I’ve told everyone is — I’m very realistic about the Bears — ‘not a great franchise, (the Bears) just don’t do the right things’ for the most part. Every year I look forward to the playoffs and the game that you’re going to lose. I’ve told this story on air, but, when you guys lost to San Francisco this year we were watching the game in New Jersey and I drove back to Brooklyn — brag — and I listened to (Mark) Tauscher. For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

Rodgers laughed at Big Cat as he delivered the message, seemingly getting genuine joy out of the conversation.

“I know I’m a loser,” Katz continued. “That’s the best part. I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m a loser, so yes, watching you lose in the playoffs is…that’s my Super Bowl. And I’ve won a lot of Super Bowls if you do it that way. More than you.”

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