Vince Carter has been honing his craft as a broadcaster since well before his playing days ended. Recently, he spoke with The Big Lead about his goals in calling NBA games. He said that he wants to be seen as an analyst that makes viewers smarter.
“I want to be your coach on TV,” Carter said. “That’s who I am. I enjoy explaining. I enjoyed teaching, I enjoyed helping players as a player when I was around my last years in my career. I enjoyed being a mentor.”
During the last decade of his NBA career, Vince Carter would join Turner or ESPN as soon as his season ended in order to hone his skills. He says he realized very quickly that he wanted a career in the media. When the media became his full-time job, Carter said he had a model in mind of who he wanted to be on-air.
“Tony Romo, he’s a guy who explains the game, and seeing his approach, that’s what I wanted to be.”
Carter never questioned whether he would be successful in the media. He said that he learned a lot from being on the other side. He focused on what he did and didn’t like in interviews, but wasn’t just going to rely on relationships in order to get information to give to the audience. That is why he went out of his way to pay attention to what worked when reporters tried to get players to open up.
“I wanted to make sure that I still knew how to ask questions and make you guys feel comfortable and still understand how to ask the right questions, the good questions where you can get more out of guys. I really went deep into that into understanding and what it took. That was kind of eye-opening for me.”
Vince Carter has been valuable to ESPN. The network has used him on its NBA coverage. It has also used him on the ACC Network to talk about college basketball. That was certainly a valuable perspective this year as he was able to talk about what it means to play against and beat Duke. That was something unique the former Tar Heel could bring to coverage of Mike Krzyzewski’s final season coaching the Blue Devils.
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.