“He became, for so many people, the spirit of Carolina, a dream of what this place could be.”
Those were the words Chancellor Carol Folt spoke in reference to the late Stuart Scott.
A member of the class of 1987, Scott was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame Friday night at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.
Scott died on Jan. 4 from appendiceal cancer, which he was fighting for the third time in his life.
Speaking at the 2014 ESPYs after accepting the Jimmy V award for perseverance, Scott said, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.”
The Hall of Fame induction fell on the same day as Late Night with Roy, which Scott hosted 10 times between 2001 and 2012.
The emotional ceremony was filled with fond memories of the ESPN broadcaster. The event kicked off with a highlight package of several broadcasters in North Carolina sharing their stories of how Scott impacted their careers.
Susan King, dean of the School of Media and Journalism, welcomed the guests and spoke of the trailblazing effect Scott had in the industry. “Stuart Scott was a new voice in broadcasting, an authentic voice that challenged a new generation of students to find their own voice,” King said.
The ceremony highlighted several important parts of Scott’s life, including his persona behind the camera, his love for UNC and the impact he had on so many aspiring journalists. “Stuart Scott created a broadcasting coaching tree, and there are now hundreds of young journalists, men and women, black and white, who will be true to their experience,” King said.
North Carolina women’s soccer legend Mia Hamm was chosen to induct Scott into the Hall of Fame. Hamm presented Scott’s plaque to his sister, Susan Scott, on her brother’s behalf.
“I wanted to give you more of an insight into Stuart Scott the man, but you already know him,” Hamm said. “Stuart was exactly who you saw on TV. He was the same whether he was in front of the camera or just hanging with his boys and talking about sports.”
If Hamm could use just one word to describe Scott, it would be “real.” “He was never acting. He was genuine, and he was full of life. Every time you tuned in to watch him, you saw the love and passion he had for what he did.”
Credit to the Daily Tarheel who originally published this article
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.