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Aqib Talib: ‘Money Comes First’ In Broadcast Career

The former cornerback spoke to SI Media Podcast to discuss various topics, including working with Fox Sports, where he called two games last season.



Aqib Talib had a successful NFL playing career, spending ten years in the league with stops at Tampa, Denver, New England and Los Angeles. After the 2019 season, the veteran cornerback decided to hang up his cleats and begin transitioning into his new role in sports media for the 2020 season. 

The former cornerback spoke to Jimmy Traina on the SI Media Podcast to discuss various topics, including working with Fox Sports, where he called two games last season. 

“When I got the call from Fox when my agent called me, he said they wanted to sign me to a three-game deal,” Talib told Traina. “It was a max of three games and a chance of no games because you’re not on the A-team or B team, so you’re just filling in for guys with all this COVID stuff going on,” Talib said. 

“Kinda like an audition, really. I probably got like $10K for the game. I ain’t really get no cash for the game. It was just an opportunity. Opportunity to go out there and see if you could do it or not.”

Being a fresh voice on Fox Sports and providing in-game analysis for the first time to millions of people watching at home, Talib mentions that the executives at Fox had no issues with his style of color commentary. 

“They had no problem with me being myself,” Talib said. “I remember Jacob Ullman, the producer; he was like, ‘Aqib, don’t try to be nobody else. Just be regular Aqib.’ They reminded me to be regular-a**, loose-a** Aqib.”

As for future work, Traina asked Aquib Talib if his priority was making money first or making sure that a potential network allows Talib to be himself. Talib was brutally honest in his response.

“Definitely, the money comes first. You don’t work without seeing what that money looks like,” Talib said. 

The good news for Aquib Talib is his casual style won rave reviews. Many writers noted that his enthusiasm for the game was evident in a way that sometimes isn’t with more seasoned former players.

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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.”



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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.

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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. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

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.

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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.”

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