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SI Writer Convinced Julian Edelman Will Be Sports Media Superstar

Edelman recently retired from the NFL after playing his entire 11-year career with the New England Patriots.

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Patriots fans enjoyed great moments from Julian Edelman’s time on the football field, and now he could carry that stardom into sports media. Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina didn’t take much convincing that Edelman will break out in the space.

The three-time Super Bowl champion is off to a strong start. He recently announced he is joining the Inside The NFL team on Paramount+ as an analyst. He is also putting his creative juices to work through his partnership with Coast Productions. The company is working with ViacomCBS on various content projects.

Traina has three reasons for Edelman turning into a breakout star: His sense of humor, creativity, and how he showcased those traits as a Patriot.

Edelman is no stranger to multimedia projects. He has his own YouTube page with different types of comedy skits and interviews. On top of that, Coast Productions produced 100%: Julian Edelman, the Showtime documentary about Edelman’s career. 

Edelman joins an Inside the NFL panel this Fall that includes James Brown, Phil Simms, Brandon Marshall, and Ray Lewis.

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Joe Buck Talks About Possibility of Troy Aikman Leaving Fox for Amazon

“We talk about what he’s deciding between and everything else, but I only ask questions and talk about it to a point.”

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Joe Buck joined Jimmy Traina on this week’s Sports Illustrated Media Podcast and discussed his thoughts on the possibility of Troy Aikman leaving Fox for Amazon. Buck and Aikman have worked in the booth together for 20 years calling NFL games.

Buck claims that he is trying not to think about it but says he respects Aikman’s decision, no matter what.

“I try not to because it’s been 20 years and I can honestly say, the same hand to the same god, he and I have never had one moment where we have felt like… at least I haven’t, and we talk about it all the time, we’re lucky that we’re good friends,” said Buck.

“And in this business, with as much as there is on the line, at least in our own minds every time you go on, and this business can be kind of backstabby, everybody’s climbing over one another to make something happen for themselves, he and I just have never played that game. He’s legitimately one of my best friends and I think he would say the same about me.

“So I try not to think about it. And we talk about it, we talk about what’s out there. We talk about what he’s deciding between and everything else, but I only ask questions and talk about it to a point. Because that’s his life, that’s his career. He knows how I feel. I don’t want him going anywhere. And that’s understood. But at the end of the day, he’s gonna do what he wants to do.”

If you’re wondering who might replace Aikman alongside Buck, Buck is too.

“It’s funny. I haven’t said one word to Fox about all that,” said Buck. “And they have not talked to me about all that. Not at any point.”

“I think I would be in the conversation but I think they certainly are in no way, shape, or form obligated to listen to anything I have to say. They’re the boss, I’m the guy who sits in the booth.

“I’ve worked with multiple people in baseball, I’ve worked with multiple people in football. I started with Tim Green and I’ve been with Bill Maas and Brian Baldinger and different people along the way. I just… it’s been 20 years, and when you do these games, that are as intense as they are, I know where he’s going and he knows where I’m going, and I know what he wants to talk about and he knows when and what I want to talk about. That’s really hard to replicate.”

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‘The Tournament: A History of ACC Men’s Basketball’ Premieres Feb. 7 on ACC Network

Two episodes of the 10-part documentarry will air each Monday at 9 and 10 p.m. ET through March 7.

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ACC Network and ESPN Films are teaming up to produce a multi-part documentary on the history of the ACC Tournament.

The Tournament: A History of ACC Men’s Basketball Presented by New York Life will debut Monday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET following ACCN’s telecast of the Pitt-West Virginia game. Part 2 of the documentary will premiere directly afterward at 10 p.m. ET.

Two episodes of The Tournament will air each Monday at 9 and 10 p.m. ET through March 7. The 10-part documentary, spanning 1954 through 2020, will be the largest production of original programming for ACC Network since its launch in August 2019.

Here’s a look at the trailer for the docuseries:

For anyone wondering if the ACC Tournament warrants a multi-part documentary, consider the history and impact of the event. Beginning in 1954, the ACC was the first conference to determine its champion with a postseason tournament. And this was during an era when conferences received only one bid to the NCAA Tournament.

But the ACC Tournament also features the rich history of the conference with its many star players and iconic coaches. Michael Jordan, Ralph Sampson, David Thompson, Len Bias, and Tim Duncan are among the many to shine in the tourney. Of course, Dean Smith, MIke Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, and Jim Valvano headline the coaches who built their legends in those games. In addition, ACC play changed college basketball with innovations like the shot clock and three-point line.

The Tournament will also feature an ad campaign starring Grammy Award-winning rapper Rapsody leading viewers through ACC basketball history, the figures who made it, and the stories that will be told in each pair of episodes.

Filmmaker Jonathan Hock (who’s directed several 30 for 30 projects for ESPN Films among many documentary projects) and John Dahl (ESPN’s vice president and executive producer for original content, films, and special projects) are executive producers on the project. Emmy Award-winning director Larry Weitzman (NBA at 50, The Last Gladiators) helmed the longform series.

“After having the opportunity to work on the 30 for 30 Survive and Advance and later The Class That Saved Coach K, I was already a true believer in ACC basketball as the essence of the college game,” said Hock in the official ACCN announcement.

“But telling the story of the ACC Tournament from its very beginning was a journey of discovery for me and the whole production team, with every unopened film can revealing another treasure, and every interview bringing to life priceless stories. There’s no greater conference tournament in sports, and it’s all in here.”

“All we had to do was sit down with the wonderful characters who have created ACC lore, and the stories and the passion just poured out,” added Weitzman. “The challenge wasn’t finding enough fascinating material. The struggle was which amazing stories we would have to leave out.”

You can read a synopsis of each episode of The Tournament: A History of ACC Men’s Basketball at ESPN Press Room. The documentary premieres Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Bally Sports Launches Daily Sports Betting Show, ‘Live on the Line, Powered by BetMGM’

This marks a significant step for the company as we combine resources across our sports portfolio to launch our first RSN-wide sports betting program.”

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Bally Sports is jumping into daily sports betting content for viewers. (That probably shouldn’t be a surprise since Bally itself is a casino entertainment company with interests in sports and iGaming.)

On Thursday, the network announced a partnership with BetMGM to produce a daily sports betting show titled Live on the Line, Powered by BetMGM. Debuting this week, the program airs at 12 p.m. ET across the 19 Bally Sports regional sports networks, the Bally Sports app, and Stadium sports network.

Each day, the 60-minute show will cover national sports betting storylines and their regional appeal, while also offering expert picks on the day’s games and events.

Former Yahoo fantasy sports writer Brad Evans, now Bally Sports executive producer of gaming content hosts the show with Dani Klupenger and Camron Smith. Klupenger hosted More Ways to Win for FanDuel and has covered football, basketball, and tennis as a host and reporter. Smith also hosts Inside the Association on Stadium with prior stints at Big Ten Network, Comcast Sports, and MSG.

Live on the Line, Powered by BetMGM will be produced by Stadium (owned by Sinclair, as with the Bally Sports RSNs) out of the network’s Chicago-based studio. BetMGM graphics will be featured prominently on the set and interactive elements of each show.

“This marks a significant step for the company as we combine resources across our sports portfolio to launch our first RSN-wide sports betting program,” said president of Bally Sports Steve Rosenberg.

“Our collaboration with BetMGM further builds upon our programming strategy to offer fans new, informative and entertaining content that aims to drive increased interest around our live game broadcasts.”

Live on the Line, Powered by BetMGM airs at 12 p.m. ET across the 19 Bally Sports regional sports networks, the Bally Sports app, and Stadium.

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