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Adnan Virk Agrees Not To Sue ESPN, Joins DAZN

“He speculates that the agreement is likely what paved the way for Virk to pursue a new opportunity.”

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Adnan Virk has found a new job less than a month after being fired by ESPN. He will be the host of DAZN’s Major League Baseball coverage.

James Andrew Miller, author of the ESPN oral history Those Guys Have All The Fun, was the first to report the deal.

The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported that ESPN and Virk have agreed to drop legal action against one another. Virk

DAZN will offer live look-ins on Major League Baseball games this season via a show called Change Up. It will launch March 28 with Virk in the anchor chair.

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Ken Rosenthal Discusses Bowtie Origins

“They said they wanted me in a bow tie for the World Series. I had never worn one in my life.”

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When you watch Ken Rosenthal report from the dugout on FOX or FS1, he is usually wearing a unique bowtie that represents a signature charity. The MLB insider has been wearing bow ties during games for a decade, but it wasn’t always his decision to do that.

On the latest episode of the Starting 9 podcast with Barstool Carl and Jake Arrieta, Rosenthal said that it was the higher-ups at FOX that ordered him to start wearing bowties in October 2012: 

“I wasn’t inspired. I was ordered. FOX ordered me. I believe it was the 2012 NLCS (Giants-Phillies) and the order came down from the highest power on FOX Sports. They said they wanted me in a bow tie for the World Series. I had never worn one in my life. I started wearing them for the World Series with the help from some people at FOX, who would tie them for me because I did not know how to tie them.”

After that season, Rosenthal said he ran into a former football player who had a non-profit organization that asked Rosenthal to wear the bowties for different causes and it allowed him to make the best of the situation.

“That winter, a former football player named Dhani Jones approached me and he had this non-profit foundation called The Bowtie Cause. What they do is design bowties in partnership with various charities and he wanted me to be the person that represented them. At first, I was resistant. I didn’t want to wear the bowties ever again, but then I had a rare revelation. You know what, FOX is going to make me do this again, so I might as well get control of it.”

Rosenthal mentioned that FOX wanted him to wear the bow ties so he would be noticeable when people watched on TV. While the network ended up proven right, he wanted his work to do the talking, not the outfit.

“The idea that the people at FOX had initially was to make me stand out and that was the purpose of it. I hated that. To me, it’s the work that’s supposed to make you stand out….They ultimately were proven right because it does make me stand out and we turned it into a good thing for good causes.”

As for his reporting, Rosenthal prefers writing stories over breaking news because it’s not going to be something that another writer can confirm. However, he told the duo he understands people go to Twitter to see what news he’s going to break next.

“Over the years, I have done the breaking news and I’m sort of known for that as well. Yet, as more time goes by, the value of that seems to be less. Even if I break the biggest story I can think of today, that story will be mine for 2 minutes maybe before somebody else confirms it and the whole world has it. I still do it and there are certain kinds of stories that you can write that maybe no one else can touch and that’s a good break because it’s not a transaction.”

“There are a lot of people who follow on Twitter and that’s what they want, so that’s part of the job too.”

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Sports Media Reacts to Pro Bowl Changes

It will continue to be the week before Super Bowl festivities begin, and many in sports media had strong reactions to the news.

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A report early Monday morning revealed the NFL will replace the traditional Pro Bowl with a weeklong skills competition held in Las Vegas named “The Pro Bowl Games”.

At the Owners Meetings in May, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Pro Bowl “doesn’t work. We need to find another way to celebrate the players.”

The Pro Bowl Games will continue to be the week before Super Bowl festivities begin, and many in sports media had strong reactions to the news.

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Thursday Night Football Streaming Quality Woes Continue for Viewers

But the tech giant is aware of the problems people have been experiencing and have teams of people dedicated to making sure the signal being sent out is the best it can be.

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The second regular season edition of Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video went off without any major hitches, but a number of viewers accessing the broadcast did experience problems for the second week in a row.

Fans tuning in to watch the Cleveland Browns defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers last week took to social media with a range of complaints ranging from audio synching issues to a drop in quality in the video of the game.

But the tech giant is aware of the problems people have been experiencing and have teams of people dedicated to making sure the signal being sent out is the best it can be.

Unlike DirecTV, which offered partial refunds following a flurry of complaints from Sunday Ticket streamers who couldn’t watch games or even access NFL RedZone the first two weeks of the season, fans shouldn’t expect Amazon to dish out a refund or credit of some kind to Prime members who had issues.

Pierre Moossa, the lead director for TNF, said on an appearance on Sports Media with Richard Deitsch that Amazon has a Vision Operation Center (AVOC) where people work to test quality and latency on a range of different devices.

He said while his main job is to focus on directing the actual broadcast of the game, he and the company know there’s work to be done to improve.

“I realize that some people may not have had a perfect experience, but they’re so focused on that consumer experience that they’re gonna figure out a way to make sure it’s determined,” Moossa said.

Fred Gaudelli, the TNF executive producer, added that Amazon will do everything possible to ensure an optimal viewing experience for everyone moving forward.

“They’re very customer-oriented, and I think they’re going to work like gangbusters to make sure that everybody has that great experience,” he said “And I’m hopeful that every week this is going to be less and less a thing.”

The Week 4 Thursday night matchup will feature the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals.

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