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Greg Sankey Pushes Back On Concern For Athletes In HBO Interview

“Scott tried to get Sankey to answer how many schools reported players testing positive for Covid-19, but Sankey would only say that he “receives regular updates” from athletic staffs.”

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The commissioner of the Southeastern Conference was interviewed for a story that will air on HBO’s latest edition of Real Sports, set to debut Tuesday night. Greg Sankey has come under some fire for an answer he gave interviewer David Scott when Scott asked if Sankey believed that student athletes were safer on campus right now than in their own homes.

“So in comparison to what?” Sankey responded. “To having them workout at their homes? At home gyms that may have been their own hot spots? Working out without oversight of sports medicine specialists, without strength and conditioning coaches. That reality informed what I still think was the right decision.”

All 14 SEC schools have their football teams back on campus. The conference is yet to make any announcements about what changes it may deem necessary to the regular season.

Scott tried to get Sankey to answer how many schools reported players testing positive for Covid-19, but Sankey would only say that he “receives regular updates” from athletic staffs.

One area where he did answer some criticism was institutions asking student athletes to sign risk acknowledgement waivers. He was specifically asked about a form the University of Tennessee was asking its players to sign.

“Our programs have felt it important to make people aware of the shared responsibility we all have,” Sankey said according to the Knoxville News. “And I think providing the right kind of information is important. But as we’ve learned about those types of documents, we’ve pulled back from that perceived or real liability piece and want to make sure the focus is on education and information.”

The latest edition of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumble debuts Tuesday night at 10 pm.

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Tom Brady Announces Retirement, Doesn’t Mention FOX Plans

“While it didn’t take that long to announce he was hanging up his cleats, Brady still may need time to decide what he is actually doing next season.”

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You have to give Tom Brady credit. He announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday morning, and while he swears this is really it, he also acknowledges that he has to keep things simple this time around.

“I’m retiring, for good,” he said in a video posted on social media. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.”

This announcement comes a year to the day that Tom Brady announced his first retirement. That one lasted just 40 days before the Buccaneers’ quarterback announced that he had changed his mind and would play the 2022 season.

Brady swears his playing days really are over. He ended the video with a message to his family, friends, teammates and opponents.

“Thank you guys for letting me live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Two weeks ago, Jordan Schultz reported that Brady planned to take a month before deciding on his future. While it didn’t take that long to announce he was hanging up his cleats, Brady still may need time to decide what he is actually doing next season.

Tom Brady did not mention FOX in his retirement announcement. The network gave him a ten-year contract worth $375 million to serve as a brand ambassador and analyst in its top NFL booth. It has widely been reported that the deal is a standing offer. Brady may not be obligated to start right away.

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Peacock Announces 19 Game 2023 Baseball Schedule

“It all starts on April 23 at 12:05 p.m. as the Colorado Rockies take on the defending N.L. champion Philadelphia Phillies.”

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MLB games are returning to Peacock in 2023. NBC announced its full schedule of Sunday matinee games on Tuesday.

It all starts on April 23 at 12:05 p.m. as the Colorado Rockies take on the defending N.L. champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Peacock will carry all 19 games this year. The game on May 7, an 11:35 a.m. first pitch, features the Baltimore Orioles and the Atlanta Braves and will also be simulcast on NBC.

As was the case for the first year of this deal in 2022, the Peacock games will be the only MLB action until 1:35 p.m.

Games will air on Peacock through September 3. NBC has not announced its broadcast team for these games.

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PGA Tour Expects Mic’d Players To Be Common For 2023 TV Broadcasts

“This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

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Following the success with Max Homa last weekend, the PGA Tour is planning to mic a player up this weekend at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

According to Sports Business Journal, the Tour is considering micing up a player on either the 14th or 18th hole at Pebble Beach.

“The point of this is that if you want it to just be, they have an air pod on your caddie and they ask him one question, he could elaborate on something,” Homa said in an interview on the podcast No Laying Up. “That would be an improvement. This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

Homa added that he appreciated that the questions he was asked while taking part in the segment were solely on the task at hand and tackling the hole he was on.

“It wasn’t about how it is being a dad, how it is being in contention, it’s about golf,” he said. “This hole. That’s what we wanted it to be.”

CBS received positive reviews for debuting the new segment in their season debut at Torrey Pines last week.

It will be interesting to see if having players mic’d up for a segment will carry into NBC coverage or if it remains exclusively CBS. Have to think that in April at The Masters, if CBS keeps with it, the segment has the potential to be pretty compelling especially if the interview is with a player in contention or even leading.

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