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Katie Nolan Joining NBC’s Beijing Winter Olympics Coverage

Nolan’s recent tweets about curling and adding Rebecca Lowe to her contacts appeared to be hints.

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Katie Nolan is joining NBC’s Beijing Winter Olympics coverage. The network announced on Thursday that she will create daily short-form content for television and digital platforms.

“I always dreamed I’d go to the Olympics one day,” Nolan said in NBC’s official announcement. “Technically in the dream, I was winning gold for Team USA, but I’m thrilled at the chance to win one with Team NBC Olympics. We get medals for this, right?”

Two recent tweets from Nolan hinted at her new gig, whether fans realized it or not.

Nolan revealed on Twitter in September that she was no longer working for ESPN after four years at the network. At ESPN, she hosted Always Late with Katie Nolan for ESPN+ and the podcast Sports? With Katie Nolan, while also appearing on shows including Highly Questionable, Around the Horn, and The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.

But her standing at the network appeared to deteriorate after her podcast producer, Ashley Braband, was laid off in November 2020. Nolan later revealed that Always Late had been canceled earlier in the year.

In the four months since then, Nolan shared that she believed she was close to getting an HBO show that eventually went to Bomani Jones. It’s also been rumored that she would eventually land at Meadowlark Media, where she would reunite with Le Batard and John Skipper, but a project for her has not yet developed.

Prior to joining ESPN, Nolan hosted Garbage Time with Katie Nolan and NFL Films Presents for FS1, and was one of the original panelists on Crowd Goes Wild.

Based on her previous work, Nolan should provide humor and irreverence for the Winter Olympics viewing audience, perhaps providing a change of pace for the heartwarming and serious feature storytelling NBC provides for more casual sports fans. It’s unfortunate that NBC isn’t sending any talent to Beijing due to COVID-19 concerns because Nolan could produce some entertaining content on-site.

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Greg Olsen To Partner With Kevin Burkhardt For Super Bowl LVII

“Last season was the first Burkhardt and Olsen worked together. They largely won rave reviews.”

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The deal isn’t done yet, but Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that Greg Olsen is on his way to joining Kevin Burkhardt in the top NFL booth at FOX. Although Tom Brady will take over that role after he retires and leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Olsen will spend at least this season on FOX’s A-Team.

Last season was the first Burkhardt and Olsen worked together. They largely won rave reviews.

Earlier this year, the former Panther told The Mac Attack on WFNZ in Charlotte that he was disappointed he didn’t get to call a postseason game. He will more than make up for that in 2023. As Burkhardt’s partner, Olsen is in line to be the analyst for Super Bowl LVII.

Marchand writes that we could get a taste of what is to come in February. He speculates that if the Buccaneers are not in the Super Bowl, it is possible Tom Brady could make his FOX debut, either in the booth alongside Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen or as part of the network’s studio show.

Now, FOX has to make a decision about it’s number 2 NFL booth. According to Marchand, Drew Brees is a candidate to be the analyst. Adam Amin and Joe Davis have emerged as candidates for the play-by-play role.

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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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