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Steven Godfrey: NFL Draft Reporting Is Just Coach Gossip, Sucks

“I don’t want to pick apart what a dude said on live TV because live TV is really f***ing hard. But, do we need to possibly institute a stylebook of alcohol-related issues, what does that mean?”



When Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral dropped to the Carolina Panthers in the 3rd Round of the 2022 NFL Draft, people were wondering as to why a potential 1st Round pick fell. Ian Rapoport went on the NFL Network to explain why the fall happened and received criticism for the way he delivered the report.

Rapoport went on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday to explain that he only tried to report what Corral had discussed out in the open and that he wanted his reporting to be balanced even though he had a short period of time to tell the story.

“When I’m on NFL Now, I get a lot of time. I can say whatever I want. The draft is a little bit different because it’s fast,” said Rapoport.  “For me, it was like I had to get a lot of information in a short period of time. I wanted to give the whole picture. I wondered if I said it too fast, if I wasn’t empathetic enough because if Matt Corral succeeds, he will be a fantastic symbol of overcoming a lot…It’s my job to explain all of that.”  

On this week’s episode of the Split Zone Duo podcast, Steven Godfrey and Alex Kirshner dove deeper into the Corral story and discussed what makes them frustrated about draft reporting. Godfrey said he felt weird about policing Rapoport’s reporting, but he wondered if the industry needs to have a guide on how to report about alcohol-related issues.

“He is parroting what he was told. He’s doing his job at a fundamental level because he is conveying the information. A lot of people on Twitter and the media were saying why did Matt Corral drop? So, Ian talks to someone who, by the way, obviously has to be connected or somewhat connected to the Carolina Panthers.”

“It is his job to convey that. However, the phrasing, and I don’t want to pick apart what a dude said on live TV because live TV is really f***ing hard. But, do we need to possibly institute a stylebook of alcohol-related issues, what does that mean?”

Kirshner agreed that live TV can be difficult, but he thinks there is a larger concern with reporting in the NFL about these types of issues.

“The most public examples of this were Adam Schefter getting himself into trouble after DeShaun Watson was not indicted by a grand jury. This is just a thing that NFL media does and there’s some of this in college football media too where, in order to be the guy who gets every significant bit of league news 3 minutes before everyone else gets it and to get a massive following and win the scoop wars, you’ve got to make some significant ethical compromises and I think it has to get the point where you aren’t really compromising because it’s just the way it works.” 

Godfrey said has a general frustration with the way draft season gets reported because so much of what is reported about individual prospects is the opinions of one person or team.

“The alcohol thing combined with treating depression like it’s a bad 40-time. Then, also treating the admission of depression as a negative, that one, I think, cuts to the bone. I do think there is something to be said for a journalist making a decision real-time of ‘I don’t have to say everything.’

“Draft season is coach gossip, but instead of saying hey Alex, Wake Forest is really going to suck this year because their linebackers aren’t good, it’s about a single individual who is 22-years-old and that f**kin sucks, man.”

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys



The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”



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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”



According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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