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FS1 Debuts 2000 World Series Doc On Thursday

“Narrated by actor Tate Donovan, the film features interviews with both managers Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine, as well as key players from the series including Andy Pettitte, David Cone, Al Leiter, Edgardo Alfonzo, Todd Zeile, Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens.”

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Set to debut Thursday Oct. 15 following Game 4 of the NLCS, a new film detailing the 2000 World Series between the Mets and Yankees will air on FS1. 

Directed by Emmy-Award winner Aaron Cohen and produced by Patent Seven and Post Haste Creative, the FOX Sports Films created documentary is titled When New York Was One: The Yankees, The Mets & The 2000 Subway Series.

While there have been plenty of specials on the 2000 World Series between the Mets and Yankees, this version from FS1 offers a unique perspective by having participants do most of the story telling. Narrated by actor Tate Donovan, the film features interviews with both managers Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine, as well as key players from the series including Andy Pettitte, David Cone, Al Leiter, Edgardo Alfonzo, Todd Zeile, Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens. 

“People like to say that sports is a distraction from real life, when many times it’s actually a reflection of what’s going on around us,” Senior Director of Global Media, Programming and Licensing at MLB, Nick Trotta said in the press release. “The story of the 2000 World Series and the events following it shows the power of baseball to define our relationships with each other and our teams, and ultimately unites us under the banner of the game.”

The games were close, but the series really wasn’t, and despite the surrounding drama, the Yankees beat the Mets in five. After describing the 2000 World Series matchup, the film briefly discusses Sept. 11, 2001 and baseball’s return following the tragic terror attacks. The need for New York to rebound from unmatched lows is compared to the city’s current state and dealings with COVID-19. 

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Stephen A. Smith: ‘I Don’t Feel Obligated To Agree With Black Community’

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Stephen A. Smith is out promoting his new memoir Straight Shooter. He recently sat down for a conversation with Men’s Health magazine.

Interviewer Rachel Epstein covers a wide variety of topics with Smith. Some are about what can be found in the book. Some are about the First Take star’s public perception.

She asked how Smith balances the responsibility of representing the Black community with his brand. On ESPN, Smith is known for being unique and unapologetic for his sometimes over-the-top persona.

“Number one by being fair,” he said. “By trying to gather as much information and educate myself on issues as much as I possibly can.”

He added that he has never felt pressure to think a certain way or say a certain thing. Even if pressure existed, he prides himself on not giving in to it.

“I never feel an obligation to agree with my community. I believe we all have a right to think the way we want to think. But I do feel a responsibility to make sure that the perspective emanating from my community is heard, even if I disagree.”

Stephen A. Smith is one of the highest-paid and most visible employees at ESPN. He said that a certain responsibility comes along with that status. He wants the Black community to know that even if he doesn’t agree, he will make sure people know what he is hearing when he is on TV talking about an important subject.

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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