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Peter Schrager Explains Why Good Morning Football Can’t Be Other Debate Shows

“You see some of these Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe or even Stephen A. Smith monologues and you’re like wow, they are talking for 8 minutes straight. That’s what their show is.”

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When you watch Good Morning Football on NFL Network every weekday morning, Peter Schrager is usually going to be the one that brings you the most information as the insider on the roundtable, but he also learned that it is good to show personality while on the panel as well. 

On the latest episode of The Press Box, Bryan Curtis had Schrager on as a guest. Schrager mentioned that in the first year of Good Morning Football, they wanted to turn people that weren’t already known into stars and bring a different feel to the show.

“I’m the schmoozer. I have good relationships around the league,” he said. “Our first season, it was our goal was to make lesser-known players into stars or let’s make the GM’s characters…That was the stuff we were doing. This show really gave me a runway of 3 hours, 5 days a week. You can’t just be doing transactions on TV and looking at your phone, you have to have a little bit of personality too.”

With four voices on the panel every morning, it’s not easy for everyone to be heard compared to the two-person debate shows.

“You see some of these Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe or even Stephen A. Smith monologues and you’re like wow, they are talking for 8 minutes straight. That’s what their show is. In our case, we have four different mouths to feed and for it to be a conversation, we need to leave a little wiggle room where I can jump Kay, jump Kyle, and I can push back on Mike where he says something and it’s like, let’s hit that again.”

During the podcast, Schrager talked about his early years of getting into the business, including the time he tried out for Dream Job on ESPN. While the show was looking for the next SportsCenter anchor, it wasn’t something he always wanted to be because he loved writing about sports: 

“Al Jaffe, who was running a lot of the talent for ESPN at the time, pulled me aside and was like here’s Howie Schwab, our lead researcher. I feel like you two would be kindred spirits. Howie, to his great credit, was like here are the people you need to know on the .com side, opened some doors, and then it really became a possibility that I have a potential pathway to write about sports.” 

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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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