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Tim Legler Explains How SportsCenter Analyst Segments Come Together

The NBA analyst has become synonymous with film breakdown on SportsCenter.

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Few analysts can break down the game of basketball like ESPN’s Tim Legler. The former NBA sharpshooter is most often seen next to Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter throughout the NBA season and especially now in the midst of the NBA Finals.

Legler uses an iPad and different tools to illustrate how teams capitalize on matchups and use different actions to win games. The ESPN analyst appeared on The Lowe Post podcast with ESPN NBA writer Zach Lowe this week and gave some insight into how the film segments come together.

“I’m not nervous about my operation of the mechanics of it,” Legler said on the show. “I just put so much time into it, but you’re relying on technology not failing on you, and there’s nothing worse than when something freezes up, and you can’t do anything about it.”

Legler said he still gets nervous that malfunctions will cause dead air, but his preparation and the timeliness of his production staff help keep those few and far between.

“Over the course of a game,” Legler continued. “Particularly the Finals, I’m going to have 12-15 pages of notes by the time that game ends. There are storylines throughout the game that you are following. So I’ll have to write down time, score, and a quick note on the play, and you are trying to see a pattern.”

Legler said the overarching focus is to use all of the preparation to shape a story about why a team wins. The clip preparation can be “tough” because he goes on immediately after the final buzzer.

“The other thing is I’m on right after the game,” Legler described to Lowe. “So if that game comes down to the last possession maybe that’s the play I want to do the breakdown of you’re going to be literally waiting until the last second. It takes them [production] a few seconds to go find the play, to get it to loaded onto the iPad, all that stuff.”

The analyst tries to make it as seamless as possible by giving the production crew exact times and scores of the clips he wants. Check out the full segment with Legler right here.

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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.”

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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