The Herd with Colin Cowherd is not exactly the most-beloved sports radio host of devout Cleveland Browns fans due to his long-running criticisms of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. That sentiment may not change much following Cowherd’s segment on Tuesday regarding the Browns expectations heading into 2021.
Cowherd was responding to a segment on The NFL Network that ranked the most complete rosters in the NFL, with the Browns coming in at No. 1. The media giant took exception with the ranking, and utilized his oft-used strategy of analogies to drive home his point. His choice of analogy on Tuesday: the music festival, Coachella.
“Coachella sounds great: lot of big names, you take your cool attractive friends to the desert,” he said. “Then like three days in, it’s like wow it’s 108, there’s 150,000 people and you can’t get close. The bathroom situation is regrettable. I’m sorry but I dont want to live in a tent, and the cool people aren’t nearly as cool as you thought when they’re six rum drinks in on the third day. You’re like OK I’ve done this three years, I’m done with Coachella.”
It was not even Mayfield or the offense’s slew of weapons that Cowherd mentioned in his comparison. Rather it was the Browns defense, led by 2020 first-team All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett. While conceding Garrett’s greatness on the field, Cowherd asked what would happen if he missed time again with injury; citing Sheldon Richardson’s departure, Denzel Ward’s injury history, and describing Jaeveon Clowney as “the poster is better than reality.”
When it comes to teams Cowherd thinks should be above the Browns, he lists the Chiefs, 49ers, Buccaneers, Bills, and Ravens. He closed the segment by insinuating the Browns’ 2021 expectations may need some cleansing.
“Cleveland, like Coachella, sounds big, sounds like the greatest time of your life,” he said. “After a couple years, a few rum drinks, and five days in a tent, you’re like it’s time to go home now and take a shower.”
Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX
“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”
FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.
A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.
The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.
Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.
That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.
Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.
FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”
The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.
Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.
Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”
Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.
“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.
FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.
NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC
“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”
ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.
ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.
This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.
Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.
“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”
ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.