As the NFL inches closer to a return, so too has one of its retired Hall of Famers. 46 year old Terrell Owens recently released a video of himself racing Kansas City Chief speedster Tyreek Hill (26). After the race, Owens had a message for Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid.
“Andy Reid, trust me now. If you get in trouble, I’ve been social distancing. I’ve got my mask on, but if you ready, it will be mask off,” TO said while not wearing a mask. “Bring me to Kansas City. You know me. Rick Burkholder, you know me. I’m ready. Go Chiefs.”
Media pundits seem to enjoy Owens’ flamboyant personality, but are split on whether T.O. can still play.
“How do you not love T.O.?” Good Morning Football host Jane Slater asks. “I’ve gone on record saying he is one of my favorite players. I love everything about this dude… He has found a new generation of fans.”
GMFB panelist Peter Schraeger says that he believes Owens, who last stepped on a football field in 2012, can still play at age 46.
“I think everyone is having a good time with this,” Schraeger said. “We need more competitions like this… I’m very impressed by T.O. He is a Hall-of-Famer and yes, if anybody can bring him back into the league, it’s Andy Reid. I would love to see Andy Reid and T.O. embrace one more time.”
Former NFL player Michael Robinson disagrees.
“Man, hell no. T.O. ain’t playing no more football,” Robinson said. “It looks good. The race looks good. I think he looks great to be his age. He’s a Hall-of-Famer. One of the best to ever do it, but right now? No. Andy Reid, don’t sign Terrell Owens.”
Emmanuel Acho and Marcellus Wiley also discussed Owens on Speak for Yourself.
“I was looking at it and at first I thought absolutely not. He is not going anywhere near the Chiefs,” Acho said. “But then I dug a little deeper. His former team, the Philadelphia Eagles? Remember the end of last season? They rolled out practice squad guys like Deontay Burnett and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. But most importantly, who led the Eagles at the receiver’s position last December? A guy by the name of Greg Ward who played quarterback in college. So T.O. in Kansas City? Nah. But he might sneak into a place like the Eagles.”
Wiley counters that Owens could start for multiple teams, a response that Owens himself retweeted from his personal account.
“Let me answer the question correctly. Yes, he can still play in the NFL and yes, he could start for multiple teams, not talking about just the Eagles.” Wiley said. “You don’t have to put him in a place where he is familiar or been there before, so you can welcome the old man into the building. I say take him somewhere he has never been like the Colts, Giants or Jets. None of their guys (receivers) were even close to a thousand yards. Are you telling me Terrell Owens could not be one of those guys in a three, four or five receiver set? We just saw him go out there and only lose to Cheetah (Hill) by a step and half at the age of 46. The NFL, y’all slept on my boy for a decade. It’s time to put him back in the league.”
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.