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Kenny Albert: Busy Schedule Sometimes Feels Like I’m in 2 Places At Once

“To me, those are the most fun times. I do get a lot of work done in airplanes, in hotel rooms, in taxis, in Ubers.”

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One of the busiest, if not the busiest play-by-play broadcaster in the industry is Kenny Albert. Whether it is calling a NHL national game for Turner Sports, a Knicks game on MSG, a Rangers game on 98.7 ESPN Radio in New York, an NFL game on FOX during the season, or calling hockey during the Winter Olympics, Albert’s voice is one viewers and listeners hear very often.

Albert was a guest on the most recent episode of Drinks With Binks Podcast with Julie Stewart-Binks on the FUBO Sports Network. For him, the key to being able to pull off the crazy schedule he sometimes has is to be organized. However, even he occasionally feels like he’s in different places at the same time:

“Sometimes, I feel like I am in two places at once. Sometimes, it is hard to keep track of what studio you are in, what hotel room number you are supposed to go to, but to me the key is to be organized,” Albert told Binks. “When I have a number of games coming up in different sports, I’ll start preparing early on. I was in a hotel room a couple of weeks ago. I had four folders in front of me. One was for a Turner hockey game, one was for a Knicks game. I had one for men’s hockey and one was for women’s hockey.

“I’ve had some instances in the past in October especially. Four to five years ago, I would have football on the weekends, a couple of hockey games during the week, maybe a basketball game, and baseball playoffs I worked on several occasions for FOX. There were four sports in the span of eight to nine days. To me, those are the most fun times. I do get a lot of work done in airplanes, in hotel rooms, in taxis, in Ubers. It’s actually not as hard as you might think as far as preparing and getting the work done. To me, the key is organization and preparation.”

As for how Albert prepares for a NFL broadcast, he told Stewart-Binks how much time goes into preparing for a broadcast during the season:

“The process to prepare for an NFL game for a broadcaster is probably about 30 or 40 hours throughout the week leading up to that game,” Albert explained. “It starts on Monday morning and it’s a lot of reading, preparing charts, going through statistics and articles. Of course, I’m including the time we spend on Friday and Saturday with the teams. During football season, I always say besides eating, sleeping, and spending time with your family, for those four months, any free moment I feel you spend preparing for that game.

With football, you might have two teams in Week 16 that you haven’t seen all year and you have to play catch-up because you know the fans of those teams know everything there is to know about the players, the coaches, the season they’ve gone through. You really have to study their entire season… You do take a bit of a collective deep breath when the season comes to an end, even though it’s so much fun and there’s nothing we’d rather be doing. Once that four-month block of time comes to an end, you do feel like you get a little bit of your life back, but again, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

While it can take Albert time to prepare for a NFL game, he said that for him, calling hockey games is comparable to riding a bike:

“It’s so much different than the other sports. In hockey, for example, I’m around the Rangers all the time,” said Albert. “I do work national games but teams play three to four games a week, you go to the morning skates, you watch the prior games. To me, calling hockey is like riding a bike. I can probably wake up in the middle of the night, not even look at the rosters, and do a hockey game if I had to.”

If you want to read more on Albert’s illustrious career, check out the interview that Derek Futterman did with him for Barrett Sports Media in January.

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Pedro Martinez: ‘Never Imagined’ TV Career

“And the reason I’m here, it’s not because of the camera, it’s actually because it gives me an opportunity to remain linked to the game, remain linked to what’s going on, the different changes the game is offering right now, adjusting to different things.”

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As the Major League Baseball season comes to a close and preparations for the playoffs begin, MLB Network and TNT analyst Pedro Martinez joined The Press Box podcast to discuss his time as a television analyst.

When asked what he liked about working in television, Martinez didn’t hesitate with his answer.

“I think it’s a platform and the opportunity I have to bring to the audience what I know, what I think, what I understand and broadcasting gives me the opportunity to continue to have that communication with the people, the young athletes and fans. At the same time, I’m able to continue to learn and transmit some of the things that I would love to show everybody by playing but my body doesn’t allow me, but my mind does.

“This is a great way to bring the right information to the people, but I take advantage of the platform to communicate with my fanbase, the player’s fanbase, and the voice behind the players and the situations that come up, I can actually teach the audience some of the things that I understand from my point of view.”

A media career was never in the cards for Martinez. At least that’s what he thought during his playing career.

“I swear to god, it’s the only thing I never imagined. I never thought I would like being in front of a camera,” Martinez said. “And the reason I’m here, it’s not because of the camera, it’s actually because it gives me an opportunity to remain linked to the game, remain linked to what’s going on, the different changes the game is offering right now, adjusting to different things.

“You learn so much just by having access to information, having access to so many other different things. A lot of people would be surprised how much you can dig into and I think for everybody else, if they knew the kind of information we have access to, they’d be intrigued to come do what we do.”

He then said one of the things he would have never picked up on was how many pitchers tip their pitches, but due to all of the information, video, and relationships broadcasters have make that information readily available. He added his work in television has enabled more relationships with baseball players from his home country, the Dominican Republic.

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Stephen A. Smith and Malika Andrews Get Heated Over Ime Udoka Coverage

“Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, I listened to you,” Smith interjected, “you’re the one telling me to stop on my show. It ain’t happening.”

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On Friday’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith continued his stance regarding the public leaking of information surrounding Celtics’ Head Coach Ime Udoka relationship with a team staffer. He also went further by sharing his dismay that Udoka was seemingly the only person punished for the violation of company policy.

“Only he is in violation of the company policy?” Smith asked. “The woman who elected to have a consensual relationship with him is not in violation?” 

Before the end of the show, ESPN NBA Today host Malika Andrews called in the program and wanted to address Smith’s comments.

“Stephen A., with all do respect, this is not about pointing the finger. Stop,” Andrews said. “The fact that we are sitting here debating whether somebody else should have been suspended or not, we are not here, Stephen A., to further blame women.”

Smith would replay saying that his intention was not blame anyone outside of the Celtics coach.

“First of all, let me be very clear, I don’t appreciate where you’re going with that, I’m not blaming anybody but Ime Udoka,” Smith stated. “The fact of the matter is, he deserves to be fired if they were going to fire him. If you’re not going to fire him, then don’t fire him. My issue is all of this being publicized.”

Andrews tried to jump back in for further commentary but Smith stopped that and noted he didn’t appreciate being interrupted on “my show”.

“Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, I listened to you,” Smith interjected, “you’re the one telling me to stop on my show. It ain’t happening.”

Andrews did thank Smith for clarifying his stance at the end of the segment. ESPN has removed access to the video from its YouTube channel by making it private.

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Rich Eisen on Tom Brady Joining FOX: ‘I Gotta See It to Believe It’

“I think what Peyton Manning has done with his post-playing career is more of a blueprint that I would think Brady would follow.”

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Is 2023 the year we see Tom Brady in the broadcast booth for FOX? Rich Eisen isn’t so sure.

“I still gotta see it to believe it, I’ll be honest with you, man. I know it’s a great chunk of change and it’s a lot of money. I don’t know,” the NFL Network icon said on the most recent edition of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast.

Tom Brady has taken his foot off the gas in 2022 in a more public way than fans are used to. He voluntarily missed eleven days of training camp and has announced that he will not be available to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesdays during the season.

Eisen says if Brady is looking for a less demanding career, broadcasting isn’t the best option.

“It is a lot of work. And I’m not saying Brady’s not up for it, but if he’s been grinding for 23, 24 years, it’s still a grind in its own way.”

FOX signed Brady to a ten-year deal reportedly worth $375 million to start after he retires. He will be in the network’s top broadcast booth and also serve as an ambassador for the network’s coverage of the NFL.

Eisen says there is a much better model for Brady’s media career in his old rival Peyton Manning.

“I think what Peyton Manning has done with his post-playing career is more of a blueprint that I would think Brady would follow,” Eisen said. “Peyton Manning could be making that much money in the booth himself, right? Instead, he’s got his own production company and he’s doing the games, but not all of them, only 10 of them. And he’s doing them from his basement and he’s got the rights to the games!”

He added that Tom Brady “write his own ticket like that” if he chose to do something similar to what Manning has done with Omaha Productions.

Brady has not had much to say about his deal with FOX since the news became public. In June, he told Dan Patrick that he knows his first season in the booth will come with a lot of growing pains.

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