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Tony Kornheiser & Michael Wilbon Explain Importance Of 5 Good Minutes To PTI

“We forgive anything for smart and funny,” he says. “It’s entertainment.”

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Over the last 20 years of Pardon The Interruption on ESPN, one of the segments that has helped define the show hosted by Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon is Five Good Minutes. During that segment, the two of them talk to an athlete, coach, broadcaster, or celebrity to get their thoughts and their opinions.

On Part 3 of the special four-part ESPN Daily podcast about 20 years of PTI, Pablo Torre talked to Kornheiser and Wilbon about some of their favorite interactions with guests on the show. For Kornheiser, a good guest only needs to be two things: Smart and funny.

“We forgive anything for smart and funny,” he says. “It’s entertainment.”

The two of them thought it was important to have other input on the show. Plus, the people they ask to come on, whether it is Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, Mike Tyson, etc, are people that have been a part of their lives.

Barkley was the show’s first guest in October 2001. He explained to Torre why he is still a PTI fan to this day. 

“Him and Tony, to do a show with your best friend, a white guy and a black guy who live different worlds. To have 2 guys who have been in the business X amount of years, I trust them on television.” 

Meanwhile, the guest who has appeared the most on PTI over the years is Steve Young (82 times). He told Torre that both hosts bring something interesting to interviews and make the people they talk to feel safe and comfortable.

“Michael always asks great questions. He was always fair. He could be critical, but he’s fair. I think you get a sense that he tries to see the athletes as a human experience. It’s an ongoing conversation.

“Tony is a guy that for all the cynicism and all the critical thinking, I think he always has a passion and a love for sports in general and an appreciation of how hard it is. With that, comes a critical eye for I want to look it straight in the eye and take every inch of it, but I don’t want any fluff.” 

While Kornheiser and Wilbon are known for debating each other, having another person join in on the fun is never a bad thing for the viewer and you never know what will come from the Five Good Minutes segment as evident by some of the stories on this episode. 

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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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