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FOX Goes All In On Getting Reggie Bush His Heisman Back

“Not once, but twice on Saturday, Bush’s Heisman was the subject of discussion on FOX platforms.”

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Reggie Bush has not been shy about his stance. Now that players in college sports can receive money for use of their name, image, and likeness, he should get his Heisman Trophy back.

The 2005 award was taken away from Bush in 2010 after the NCAA determined he received cash and his parents received a home in the San Diego area, where they lived rent-free. In June, the Heisman Trust said that the trophy would be returned if the NCAA reinstated Bush’s records and USC’s wins from the 2005 season. The NCAA declined to do so, so the Heisman Trust declined to recognize Reggie Bush as a Heisman winner.

It doesn’t seem fair and his FOX colleagues have taken notice. Not once, but twice on Saturday, Bush’s Heisman was the subject of discussion on FOX platforms.

It started on FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff during a discussion of candidates for the trophy this season. Rob Stone pointed to Bush and said “this man deserves his Heisman Trophy back.” Brady Quinn and Matt Leinart nodded in agreement as Reggie Bush said confidently “it’ll happen.”

The second, more emphatic, plea came in a segment that aired on both Big Noon Kickoff and FOX News.

Clay Travis sat down for an interview with Herschel Walker, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. Travis asked Walker about Bush directly.

“I tell you what. I’m a big fan of Reggie Bush. I’ve been saying that Reggie Bush should get his Heisman back,” Walker answered.

Travis pressed further to see just how serious the Georgia Senate candidate is about his stance. He asked Walker if it was something he had ever brought up with the Heisman Trust. Heschel Walker said it is and explained that he has never gotten a satisfying response.

“They really don’t give me an answer,” he said. “I don’t know why he don’t have it. If Reggie want to, I’ll go with him. I’ll help fight with him right now to get his Heisman back.”

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Chris Fallica Leaving ESPN for FOX

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

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A prominent sports betting voice featured on ESPN’s College GameDay will be heading to rival FOX and their Big Noon Kickoff show starting in 2023. According to Awful Announcing, Chris Fallica, affectionately known as “The Bear”, will make his last appearance on GameDay will be this weekend.

Fallica has been with ESPN since 1995. Since 2013, Fallica had been featured on GameDay making betting picks with his patented “Bear’s Board”.

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

Fallica joins Tom Rinaldi as the second former GameDay voice to jump over to FOX and be featured on Big Noon Kickoff.

Both shows have experienced incredible viewership growth this season. For GameDay, there have been several weeks this season that have seen some of the largest audiences in the show’s history.

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Tim Brando Believes Executives Look For Familiarity, Not Great Voices For Announcers

“Executives are going more for people they think they audience knows from having been in the studio. As opposed to man that’s a great voice, that guy really gets it, and his judgement is fantastic.”

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Tim Brando has seen the broadcasting industry has evolved in a lot of ways through the years, but one thing that’s remained constant is how infrequently some of the announcing gigs with major networks open up to younger voices.

That’s mainly because you have veteran talent already occupying those positions with no plans for the immediate future to step aside.

On a recent edition of The Sports Talkers Podcast, FOX Sports broadcaster and host Tim Brando spoke to Stephen Strom about the reality that many broadcasters face.

“Yeah there are a lot more jobs, but there are fewer great jobs,” Brando said. “A lot of guys are getting jobs, but it’s like a dead end.”

But in terms of hiring younger talent for network jobs, he thinks it’s become more about adding faces to broadcast booths rather than voices.

“There’s a tendency I think now in our business to hire more visible and perhaps more popular talent because they’ve been in the studio,” he said. “But they’re not ready to be in the booth. Not everybody can do both well.”

Tim added that there’s a nuance to calling play-by-play versus working studio coverage. Brando said that perhaps it has a lot more to do with young broadcasters bypassing getting their start in radio and going right into TV.

“It seems to me that in some circles anyway in our business, executives are going more for people they think they audience knows from having been in the studio,” he said. “As opposed to man that’s a great voice, that guy really gets it, and his judgement is fantastic.”

Brando did mention some of the younger voices at FOX who have risen to the bigger opportunities in the booth, and how they ultimately worked their way up. He said he’s had the chance to offer advice to a few of them and act as a mentor in a way, because that’s how it was for him breaking into the industry.

“I believe in pouring into the young broadcasters out there, I really do,” he said. “Because Curt Gowdy poured into me. I think there’s a responsibility and a level of accountability for the generation before to help those that are coming up that you really respect.”

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MLB Network Airing 38 Hours of Winter Meetings Coverage

Coverage will begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. with MLB Tonight leading into the announcement of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee’s election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The annual winter meetings for MLB are set to take place in-person for the first time since 2019 next week, and MLB Network is ready to bring viewers all the coverage possible from San Diego.

The network is devoting 38 hours of live programming on-site, with shows like MLB Tonight, Hot Stove, High Heat, MLB Now and Intentional Talk emanating from the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Coverage will begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. with MLB Tonight leading into the announcement of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee’s election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fans tuning in to MLB Network can expect to see Greg Amsinger, Fran Charles, Brian Kenny, Stephen Nelson, Alanna Rizzo, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Lauren Shehadi and Matt Vasgersian hosting their respective shows throughout the week. Sean Casey, Mark DeRosa, Al Leiter, Cameron Maybin, Kevin Millar, Dan O’Dowd, Steve Phillips and Harold Reynolds will contribute coverage as analysts.

MLB Network will also carry coverage of the inaugural draft lottery from the winter meetings on Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 p.m.

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