In life, we never know where our next opportunity might come about if we are looking for employment. That was the case for current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark. While he was in the final years of his playing career, Clark put out a tweet asking if anybody was looking for an intern.
It turned out Clark received a direct message on Twitter from Trey Wingo, who was then at ESPN. Wingo and Clark re-lived that memory on Wingo’s podcast, Half-Forgotten History. While Wingo did not want to take a lot of credit for starting Clark’s media career, he did think it was cool that an NFL player was willing to work as an intern somewhere.
“I don’t like to take a lot of credit, but I do like to take a lot of credit for this because when you were playing, I was following you on Twitter… I just thought that was the coolest thing in the world that a guy who has a lot of success in the NFL was willing to be an intern somewhere.”
When the Super Bowl was in New Orleans in 2013, Clark got introduced to Seth Markman, who is the vice president of product for ESPN. When Clark got to New Orleans, he knew that if Wingo was willing to put in a good word for him, then he needed to give his best effort.
“I just thought that was cool because in a world where people don’t keep their word, you did that for me and that’s why I took it seriously. F that, this guy put his name on the line for me. If Trey does not DM me, I never go to work for that week.”
Clark was in the news recently as he signed a new contract extension at ESPN and according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, he was close to leaving ESPN for FOX. Still, the bond Wingo and Clark have formed might have helped Clark stay at ESPN even though Wingo is no longer with the network.
On this episode, Clark goes into his playing career, his battle with the sickle-cell trait, and remembering one of his teammates in Washington, Sean Taylor:
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.
Stephen A. Smith To Charles Barkley: ‘I Worry Because You’re Big’
“You’ve always been big. But now you’re bigger.”
ESPN host Stephen A. Smith is concerned about his friend Charles Barkley.
Barkley, while in Dallas with TNT for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Mavericks and Golden State Warriors, Barkley hopped on a horse. The clip Stephen A. used in his ESPN+ show Stephen A’s World showed Barkley needing assistance by handlers to get off the horse.
Stephen A. was astounded.
“Ain’t no way Charles Barkley needs that much help getting off the horse,” Smith said. “But he did – he did!”
Smith then used the closing seconds to express his concern about Barkley’s size.
“I worry about you cause you’re a big boy,” he said. “You’ve always been big. But now you’re bigger.”
Barkley hasn’t had any publicized major health incidents stemming from his weight, but still Stephen A. was hopeful his friend might take some time and initiative to work on cutting a few pounds.
“Let’s address that, because I need you around,” Smith said. “I love you bro.”