Since 2016, one of the faces that viewers have seen on FS1 as part of the morning/early afternoon lineup has been on Joy Taylor. During these last five years, she has been the moderator of Skip and Shannon: Undisputed and been a part of The HERD with Colin Cowherd.
On this week’s edition of the All The Smoke podcast with NBA veterans Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Taylor was the guest and talked about her career journey. The FS1 host said that being able to do shows on-the road with Skip Baylees and Shannon Sharpe helped her develop in the business as she went from working at 790 AM The Ticket In Miami to where she is today.
“FOX has been great. It’s been a huge platform for me,” said Taylor. “I hadn’t done live national television. Working with Skip and Shannon was unbelievable. If you know Skip and Shannon, you know that’s an intense show to do.”
She understands that people think the opinions that Bayless and Sharpe give aren’t real takes, but that’s far from the truth and yes, they can agree on things.
“It’s just a well-produced show. They do topics they agree on sometimes because they have to do the topic, but they are going to come from their angle and that’s what makes the debate. It’s a question and then they naturally have other opinions.”
While she enjoyed working with Bayless and Sharpe, Taylor told Barnes and Jackson that she originally wanted to be an opinionist when she went to FS1. Taylor did do some fill-in work for Kristine Leahy while Leahy was Colin Cowherd’s sidekick, and when Leahy left The HERD, Taylor was able to fill in and make an easy transition to the show.
Taylor revealed on the podcast that she doesn’t deem a show to be successful solely on the ratings because she doesn’t worry about that. Instead, it’s all about the conversation that her and Cowherd have:
“If I feel like Colin was activated, that he has thought of something different or thinks about something different than the way he thought about it before doing the show, if we had good guests and the energy is flowing, that’s a good show for me.”
The key for Cowherd to doing a successful show, according to Taylor, is that he always wants to be prepared, which is why the daily show meetings can last two hours:
“We are going over every single topic, every single angle, all of the producers are weighing in, I’m weighing in, Colin is weighing in. It’s a completely different process to prep for the show. They are two different shows. He just preps so much. He doesn’t like having space where he is just rambling. He hates that.”
Joy Taylor called Shannon Sharpe one of the “biggest stars in sports media.” She says it is because the Hall of Fame knows not to take himself too seriously. As for Bayless, Taylor thinks that people don’t have a good understanding of who he is.
“A lot of people think Skip is very hard and mean. He’s a passionate person, so I think he’s misunderstood. They do a show where they give their opinion. Some people are going to like your opinion, some aren’t. I’ve seen Skip on the road. Don’t get it twisted. People love Skip and Skip loves the people. Skip is going to stand there after every show, shake everybody’s hand, take a picture with whoever is there, talk to them for as long as they want to talk to him. He understands the importance of people giving their time to us to watch the show.”
NBC Will Air Winter Olympics After Super Bowl 56
“We want to be able to maximize the the coverage of the Olympics while it’s going on and especially when we’re in full live events.”
For the past 46 years, the Super Bowl has been followed by a series lead-out. NBC has some different plans for this year’s event, however. Super Bowl 56 will be followed by the Winter Olympics.
The Super Bowl takes place on February 13th, right in the middle of the Winter Olympics which run from the 4th to the 20th. This year will be the first time that a network has aired both at the same time, and it gives NBC a prime opportunity to cash in on the Super Bowl audience for their coverage of the Olympic games.
“We have the benefit and the luxury of being right in the middle of the Olympics and we have a commitment to air live Olympics,” said Frances Berwick, chairman, entertainment networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
“I think the fortunate position that we’re in is to have the benefit of those 18 days of the Olympics plus the Super Bowl as these immense promotional platforms to promote our new shows, too,” said Berwick “So we’re in a really unique situation in that regard.” he added.
Networks usually use the Super Bowl as an opportunity to market a new show, and it has worked to varying degrees of success over the years. The last time NBC has had a Super Bowl was in 2018, where the show This Is Us averaged a whopping 27 million viewers.
The last time a network followed the Super Bowl with another sporting event was in 1976, when CBS aired the Phoenix Open golf tournament after Super Bowl X.
“We want to be able to maximize the coverage of the Olympics while it’s going on and especially when we’re in full live events,” Berwick added.
John Canzano: ESPN Did Not Like My Criticism
“Canzano closes his Monday column by encouraging George Kliavkoff, the new commissioner of the PAC-12, to hire TV producers to advise the league’s next television contracts.”
John Canzano wrote a second piece in the Oregonian on Monday about ESPN. This one was addressing the network’s reaction to his Sunday column about the poor visual quality of the network’s coverage of PAC-12 football.
In Sunday’s piece, Canzano cited sources that told him the network is cutting costs in its PAC-12 coverage. It is using fewer cameras and an outdated broadcast truck. He referred to the network’s coverage of Oregon’s win over Washington State as “a fuzzy, low-budget disappointment.”
“An ESPN spokesperson read my column and wrote in bold to tell me, ‘The notion that we are doing Pac-12 games on the cheap is patently false,'” he wrote on Monday.
According to John Canzano, ESPN says it had seven cameras at the game, not six as he had previously reported. The network also acknowledges that there have been technical issues on some PAC-12 games this season, but characterized them as “some isolated technical issues…that we are actively working to fix.”
Bill Rice also spoke with Canzano. He was a camera operator at the game. He is clear in his diagnosis of the problem. ESPN is using outdated equipment.
“All of that gear that we were using is old and wore out. It’s their ‘E’ show. That truck is a long way from home. That’s ESPN’s ‘E-level’ show.
“You know… A.. B… C… D… E.”
Rice also said that the broadcast truck ESPN uses for games on the West Coast is a relic. He says it is from the 20th century, which would mean that the network is relying on technology that is more than two decades old to broadcast games in HD.
John Canzano did some digging and did find some answers regarding the truck and the equipment inside the stadium.
“The Oregonian/OregonLive obtained the information sheet that was distributed to crew working for ESPN in front of the Oregon-WSU game. The truck itself was built in 2012, but the key equipment inside was manufactured 10-25 years years ago. The document verifies there were, in fact, six “hard” cameras at the game and a seventh handheld camera present. It also lists the names of crew working the game. I researched them and they’re all highly qualified and experienced television production experts.”
Canzano closes his Monday column by encouraging George Kliavkoff, the new commissioner of the PAC-12, to hire TV producers to advise the league’s next television contracts.
Bally Sports RSNs Not Included In Dish Network Sinclair Deal
“The Tennis Channel made the cut, but Bally Sports-branded RSNs did not.”
Sinclair Broadcast Group and DISH Network agreed on a carriage plan, but the former’s RSNs are not included.
The two sides had been going back and forth for months over an agreement to keep Sinclair’s 144 local stations, across 86 markets nationwide, on DISH TV. The Tennis Channel also made the cut, but Bally Sports-branded RSNs did not.
“We are pleased to have reached a multi-year agreement with Sinclair after months of negotiations,” said Brian Neylon, group president, DISH TV, in a press release. “Sinclair has been a good long-term partner to work with. Both sides have been committed to keeping our customers top of mind and not putting them in the middle of our negotiations. After several contract extensions, we have arrived at a fair agreement that benefits all parties, especially our customers.”
DISH dropped the RSNs in the summer of 2019 and have subsequently booted other properties as well. The satellite TV network also cut NBC Sports RSNs, AT&T Sportsnet RSNs, and AltitudeTV, which airs games from Denver-area sports teams.
“Our agreement with DISH reflects the continued importance that distributors place on local and national broadcast content,” Sinclair’s head of distribution & network relations, William Bell, said. We look forward to continuing to provide DISH viewers with the high-quality and highly-desired entertainment, and timely local news that they depend on every day.”
It’s hard to see a path for the Bally Sports returning to DISH Network after the latter keeps trimming the fat from its RSN offerings. DISH notched a big win in its ledger by pushing the deal through the finish line without having to pay for Sinclair’s RSNs.
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