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Michelle Tafoya: Don’t Be Afraid To Be Great

Jason Barrett

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When Michele Tafoya drops her young daughter off at school each morning, the NBC sideline reporter says, ‘Don’t be afraid to be … ” and allows Oliva to finish the sentence: “…great.”

For Tafoya, the fun exchange with her daughter is more than that. It’s a message she lives by – as a reporter, as a wife and as a mother.

Tafoya spent much of her sports broadcasting career not wanting to be singled out because of her gender, but if there’s one thing she’s learned in her life and hopes to impart to others, it’s “put one foot in front of the other – even when sometimes you can’t seem to pick up that one foot.”

The youngest of four children, Tafoya felt a drive early on to follow her dreams, set goals and achieve them.

“Take advantage of every opportunity that is ever placed in front of you,” Tafoya’s father told her.

And she has.

“My whole focus was to get to the NFL sideline,” Tafoya said. “I wanted to work with the NFL.”

From producing, to a radio job in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the Vikings sidelines, to a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football, Tafoya never took her eyes off her goal.

She never stopped moving forward, and the Emmy-award winning reporter now works alongside play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and color commentator Cris Collinsworth on Sunday Night Football, the most-watched show on prime time television during the NFL season.

Anyone who has watched Tafoya as a sideline reporter understands the passion she has for her job; anyone who knows her as a wife and mother understands she has an equal passion for her family.

“I end up at NBC, I end up marrying the man of my dreams, I end up with these two children, and suddenly I don’t want to work anymore,” Tafoya said, laughing. “I don’t want to leave the house – it’s like, ‘I love this.’ But I also love my job. It’s all about finding balance, and that’s become the new focus of my life: making sure I’m listening to my priorities.”

To read the full article visit Vikings.com where it was originally published

 

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After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.

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After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.

However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.

Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.

The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.

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ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take

ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.

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First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.

ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.

This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.

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Field Yates Re-Ups With ESPN

After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

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After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

Yates, 35, would have been a valuable target for FanDuel or DraftKings, surmises Andrew Marchand of The New York Post — who first reported the news — due to his large following on Twitter.

Yates, who also works as a host of Fantasy Football Now and NFL Insider for the network, across multiple platforms including ESPN Radio, will continue in those roles in addition to an assumed expansion of fantasy football duties after Berry’s exit.

He has worked for ESPN since 2012.

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