When you polish off a 16-year NBA career that spans six franchises and five cities, you wind up with a lot of second homes. Some, though, are homier than others.
Antawn Jamison’s time with the Wizards ended in chaos and disappointment, but before that came some of the best times of his professional life. He made two all-star games in Washington. He went to the playoffs four times. Three of his four kids were born here. And he was the grown-up leader on a Wizards team that, a decade later, continues to resonate in this town.
“When I look back over my career, the place that kind of molded me not just as a player but as a man and as a human being — it all came from Washington,” Jamison said in a recent conversation. “I enjoyed life the most when I was in D.C. No matter how many years down the road, I can always go back to D.C. and just feel like this is family. All the things that happened there come back. I had the best time of my whole 16-year career when I was there in D.C. It’s always going to be a second home.”
Where better, then, to launch the next stage of his broadcasting career? And who better to do it with than Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier, the same men he used to visit in the back of the plane during Washington road trips?
Jamison will join CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Wizards broadcast team 15 times over the remainder of this season: 10 times as an analyst on the pregame and postgame shows, and five times as an in-game analyst alongside Buckhantz and Chenier. Jamison has done studio work for Lakers games in recent seasons, and that work will continue. But this new in-game color job, which starts Wednesday night when the Wizards host the Lakers, is an experiment whose location feels just about perfect.
“It’s ideal,” Jamison said. “You always wonder: how would it feel, after I’m done playing, to be in that position? Getting an opportunity to call games for probably the closest team to my heart — the one team that no matter what I want to be successful and I pull for — and to do it with those two guys is going to be unbelievable. It’s just going to bring back a lot of great, fond memories.”
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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.”
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.