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Bill Belichick, Nick Saban Documentary Coming To HBO

“The documentary will feature one-on-one interviews, candid conversations between the two coaches and behind the scenes access from the last three decades.”

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Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, arguably the most successful head coaches in the NFL and college football respectively, are the subject of an upcoming documentary.  HBO Sports and NFL Films announced a partnership for creating and distributing Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching.

The 90-minute documentary, profiling the relationship between the two coaching icons will premiere Tuesday, December 10th at 9PM ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.   The documentary will also be made available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO partners’ streaming platforms.

“Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have become the modern versions of Vince Lombardi and John Wooden – symbols of success not just in sports, but in life,” said Ross Ketover, Chief Executive of NFL Films in the press release. “Their lessons on leadership are an inspiration; not just for those of us who love football, but for anyone who wants to thrive at whatever passion they pursue.”

The football superpowers have long been friends, with a relationship that began in 1982 at the United States Naval Academy where Saban worked as an assistant coach with Bill’s father, Steve Belichick. In 1991, Bill Belichick received his first NFL head coaching position with the Cleveland Browns, and hired Nick Saban as his defensive coordinator.

“Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have earned their rightful place in the pantheon of greatest coaches ever, across all sports, and this film intimately spotlights their woven history from Navy to Cleveland to now,” said Peter Nelson, EVP of HBO Sports. “It will capture for the first-time ever some of the most engaging and personal conversations held every year by the two most towering figures in the game today. We are excited to partner with NFL Films to tell this unique story of friendship and mentorship.”

The documentary will feature one-on-one interviews, candid conversations between the two coaches and behind the scenes access from the last three decades.  Belichick keeps his personality buttoned up when in the public eye, which makes documentaries that offer an inside look even more appealing.  Last year, shortly before Super Bowl LII, ESPN released a well-received 30 for 30 film depicting the relationship between Belichick and Hall-of-Fame head coach Bill Parcells. 

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Mike Tirico: I Sound Like I Want to Be At The Game Because I Do

“People have said ‘When we watch the game, we feel like you want to be there,’ and I do.”

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Mike Tirico has received high marks from critics for his work over the closing weeks of the NFL season, as well as his initial playoff game that saw the Bengals defeat the Baltimore Ravens in thrilling fashion. He told ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy he has been blessed with nice compliments.

“They’re fun. They’re why you do this. It’s why you’re sitting there on a Tuesday night at 10 o’clock asking ‘Do I have to watch another game of Jacksonville’s?’ It pays off. People have been very kind. The nicest thing that I’ve received from people that has made me– to be brutally honest with you — feel good is that people have said ‘When we watch the game, we feel like you want to be there,’ and I do.

“Other than being at home with my family, there’s no place I’d rather be. And every week, before I do the game, I take a little picture on my phone during the national anthem from our spot. It’s just great to look back. You’re sitting in the best spot, with all these cameras and all these TVs and all these stats. A 17-time Emmy Award winner in Cris Collinsworth right next to you. You are so lucky to do this, and I enjoy every second of it.”

Tirico’s excitement and enthusiasm were compared to his NBC cohort Al Michaels, who received heavy criticism for a perceived lack of enthusiasm as the Jacksonville Jaguars completed one of the largest comebacks in NFL history to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers in the Super Wild Card Round. Michaels dismissed the criticism as “internet compost“.

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Tom Brady To Take a Month Before Deciding To Return to NFL or Go to FOX

“Maybe he doesn’t want to broadcast, and that’s a standing offer. It’s not like he has to take it right now.”

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Tom Brady is 45 years old. His future will be a source of speculation every year at the end of the NFL season. The end of the current season is no different, but a 10-year, $375 million deal with FOX is an element that has not been in the mix before. Jordan Schultz says that could stretch out the timeline before we get any certainty from the GOAT.

“He wants to take a month or two to really evaluate everything he has,” The Score’s NFL insider told Pat McAfee on Friday. “That means on the field, off the field, I think there are a couple of really important things to consider.”

Those things for Tom Brady are his family and his goals. Schultz pointed out that Brady has two kids living in Miami, which makes the Dolphins a realistic option for next season. He also has a son living in New York, so the Jets cannot be ruled out. The Las Vegas Raiders were also mentioned as a potential landing spot.

Schultz described Brady’s deal with FOX as “the elephant in the room” right now. The dollar figure is making the decision hard, but it likely will not be the determining factor.

“The thing you miss the most is the guys and the camaraderie, maybe not the grind of football, but those guys and those experiences,” Schultz said. “You don’t get that in the booth, but you do get the money and the lack of stress.”

Complicating the decision is the fact that Brady is not under a time crunch with FOX. The network doesn’t appear to be taking the offer off the table if he is not in the booth alongside Kevin Burkhardt by a pre-determined date.

“Maybe he doesn’t want to broadcast, and that’s a standing offer. It’s not like he has to take it right now.”

Jordan Schultz says that based on what he has heard, it is more likely that FOX will have to keep waiting. While it isn’t clear exactly what Brady’s goal for 2023 is, Schultz said he would be surprised to see Brady retire now.

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MLB Network Devoting 9 Hours to Hall of Fame Vote Coverage

“MLB Network has been the exclusive home of the annual Hall of Fame class announcement since 2009.”

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Sports fans will find out who is in the 2023 induction class for the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. MLB Network is going to make sure that no other media outlet offers more in-depth coverage before and after the names are revealed.

At 9:00 AM on Tuesday, the network will begin nine hours of coverage devoted exclusively to the voting results. Hot Stove, High Heat, and MLB Now — which will originate from the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY from Monday through Wednesday — will all discuss who is most likely to hear their name called.

MLB Network will air a four-hour special to announce the names. Greg Amsinger, Brian Kenny, and Lauren Shehadi will anchor the proceedings. National Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch will read the names of the newly elected live from Cooperstown on the show. Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, ESPN baseball columnist Joon Lee, Jon Morosi, Joel Sherman, Tom Verducci, and Jayson Stark will be part of the coverage as well.

MLB Network has been the exclusive home of the annual Hall of Fame class announcement since 2009.

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