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Jim Nantz Has Not Given A Player His Tie In 5 Years

“Nantz previously explained the reasoning behind giving his tie away, originally meant to be a private gesture and a way to honor a player he thought was inspiring throughout March Madness.”

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The Baylor Bears are the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions. And with just three seniors on their roster, CBS announcer Jim Nantz was limited with who he could give his tie to. 

Following the uninspiring title game, Twitter wanted to know who Nantz selected for the honor, but the CBS announcer kept his tie. Not because there wasn’t a worthy recipient, and not because of COVID-19 protocols, but because he hasn’t given his tie to a championship player since 2016! As reported by Kyle Koster of The Big Lead, Nantz recently joined Robbie Hummel and Jeff Goodman on The Field of 68 podcast, where he told the hosts he ended the gesture five years ago. 

“It became like, who would want Jim’s sweaty tie? Well, first off, I don’t sweat when I’m calling games,” Nantz said. “I don’t sweat through a tie. It was meant to be a quiet gesture that no one would know about. But once it got hijacked, I thought, you know what? I’m not going to put that burden on anyone where a media guy’s going to come up and make fun of it and belittle the kid and take that moment away from him. So I opted not to do it anymore.”

Nantz previously explained the reasoning behind giving his tie away, originally meant to be a private gesture and a way to honor a player he thought was inspiring throughout March Madness. 

Nantz blaming critics as the reason why he no longer gives a college athlete his tie was an odd play. Naturally, when the gesture was no longer private, it was made fun of. Despite coming from a genuine place, a 60-year-old announcer assuming a college athlete wants his used tie will always be viewed as egotistical. 

By ending the tradition in 2016, it means Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono was the last player to receive a tie from Nantz as he stopped the gesture almost immediately after it became public knowledge. But if he was doing it for a decade without anyone knowing, it’s certainly possible that Nantz has since selected another keepsake to give an inspiring player after the championship game, it just might be a while before we find out about it. 

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Greg Olsen To Partner With Kevin Burkhardt For Super Bowl LVII

“Last season was the first Burkhardt and Olsen worked together. They largely won rave reviews.”

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The deal isn’t done yet, but Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that Greg Olsen is on his way to joining Kevin Burkhardt in the top NFL booth at FOX. Although Tom Brady will take over that role after he retires and leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Olsen will spend at least this season on FOX’s A-Team.

Last season was the first Burkhardt and Olsen worked together. They largely won rave reviews.

Earlier this year, the former Panther told The Mac Attack on WFNZ in Charlotte that he was disappointed he didn’t get to call a postseason game. He will more than make up for that in 2023. As Burkhardt’s partner, Olsen is in line to be the analyst for Super Bowl LVII.

Marchand writes that we could get a taste of what is to come in February. He speculates that if the Buccaneers are not in the Super Bowl, it is possible Tom Brady could make his FOX debut, either in the booth alongside Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen or as part of the network’s studio show.

Now, FOX has to make a decision about it’s number 2 NFL booth. According to Marchand, Drew Brees is a candidate to be the analyst. Adam Amin and Joe Davis have emerged as candidates for the play-by-play role.

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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.”

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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