You might remember Trent Dilfer as a Super Bowl winning quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, being the head coach of the Elite 11 program, and who is now the head coach for Lipscomb Academy in Tennessee. However, Dilfer was part of the NFL media from 2006-2017. To be fair, you probably remember that too.
Dilfer was Wingo’s guest on the latest episode of Trey Wingo Presents: Half-Forgotten History podcast. In addition to talking about his playing career, Dilfer mentioned how he met former ESPN analysts Trey Wingo and Mark “Stink” Schlereth (now at FOX).
Jim Kelly and Dilfer met Wingo and Schlereth at a bar in Detroit during the week of Super Bowl 40 when Dilfer was working for NFL Network and one compliment Dilfer and Kelly gave changed the way Wingo viewed NFL Live, the show he had only started hosting for a couple of years at the time (began in 2003).
“NFL Live had started in 2003. We thought we were doing ok. You guys came up to Stink and I and you guys were like we love your show because you guys talk about football the way we as football players talk about football. For a guy who was a terrible football player, but always wanted to be a great football player, that was the best thing you could have ever said to me. It was the first time I realized man, we might be doing something good here,” said Wingo.
Trent Dilfer told Wingo that he was one of four people that helped to make him a better broadcaster.
“I tell people all the time, I learned everything from Rich Eisen, you, and then admired Stink. Tried to copy Stink. I didn’t work a ton with Stink because we didn’t work a ton of shows together. Then, I would add Steve Levy to that too.
“Rich kind of taught me what it looked like because I was still playing. Rich was great because he was a truth-teller. Then, I spent hours upon hours with you and you corrected me all the time. You affirmed the things I did well and corrected the things I didn’t. Then, you would turn me over to Stink and be like watch how he does it because he is awesome at what he does.”
The one piece of advice that Levy gave Trent Dilfer ended up helping him improve as an analyst on TV.
“Levy told me go back home when you are done with TV and listen to yourself with your back turned to the TV and then watch yourself with the sound off…All of a sudden, I wasn’t running words together, my eyes weren’t looking all over the place, I wasn’t looking at the wrong camera, I was slower with my pace, doing the TV things. I tell people all the time I owe you guys so much.”
To this day, Dilfer still tells former football players that they should try to do television when their playing career ends.
“I have so many great relationships with the people at ESPN, it’s a great career. Players transition, they say should I go to TV? I say absolutely yes.”
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.