A new episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel premieres Tuesday night (March 22) at 10 p.m. ET and one of the show’s segments features ESPN broadcaster and former NBA star Jalen Rose and a tuition-free charter school he founded in Detroit to provide kids and parents an alternative to a public school system that is among the worst in the United States.
“For me, it was ‘How can I try to be a part of the solution?'” Rose told Real Sports correspondent Mary Carillo.
Ten years ago, Rose founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. He’s the president of the school and its chief benefactor. The goal for the institution was to help children who get lost in a large urban school system like Detroit’s, who grow up in a single-parent (or guardian) household and live below the poverty line, without the resources for a proper education.
Please take a look at a clip from the Real Sports segment:
Growing up feeling abandoned, as if a parental figure gave up on his or her child, is an experience Rose can relate to all too well. For those unfamiliar with Rose’s upbringing, Carillo recounts Rose being abandoned by his father, NBA player Jimmy Walker, and the anger he felt over his father not wanting him and living poor.
Basketball gave Rose an opportunity to escape, to transcend his upbringing, though it’s clearly important to him to remember his roots and to give back to his community. He can provide the opportunity for many of his school’s students that basketball allowed for him. Carillo highlights Chanelle Miles, raised by her grandmother who prized an education to build a better life. But Detroit public schools weren’t in a position to help and she couldn’t afford a private school.
Then she discovered Rose’s academy and the former “Fab Five” star at the University of Michigan answered all of her questions about the school directly. With a nearly 100 percent Black student body, Black teachers (many of them male), a Black woman leading the school as principal, and a curriculum focused on the Black experience (in addition to educating on mental health issues, she knew it was the right place for Chanelle, who graduated in 2015 and went on to graduate from Michigan.
Chanelle’s experience and what the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy provided for her and students like her makes for a very touching story that’s worth watching.
“I’m extremely proud. I cannot lose,” said Rose. “Revisit this in like 10 years. It’s going to be young people that are achieving their goals and aspiring to do great things and there are going to be adults that are helping that happen. And I have total faith in this city.”
The latest episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel premieres Tuesday, March 22 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. The show is also available on-demand and HBO Max, in addition to repeat airings on HBO networks.
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.