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Domonique Foxworth: I Know ESPN Gives My Words Power

“Foxworth told Spain that he felt like one of the few that was comfortable talking about heavy subjects last summer.”

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One person that has become an emerging star in the sports media landscape over the last year or so is ESPN NFL analyst and writer for The Undefeated, Domonique Foxworth. Foxworth has taken his experience playing in the NFL and working as the president of the NFLPA and COO of the NBAPA and brought it to the media. 

As Foxworth told Sarah Spain on the That’s What She Said podcast, he was one of those athletes that had said he was never going to be in the media after his playing career was over. However, he did love writing when he was in college at Maryland, and an opportunity at The Undefeated opened up and happened to be based near his home.

“It was coincidental that The Undefeated was also being created and it was launching out of D.C. It gave me this opportunity that felt different. I don’t want to talk about people playing football, but this was like you can talk about football and bigger things. Then, I end up on GET UP, First Take, Around The Horn, Highly Questionable.” 

Foxworth told Spain that he felt like one of the few that was comfortable talking about heavy subjects last summer.  

“This past summer, I was a superstar because there are so many people who feel comfortable going into those spaces. This summer when the pandemic hit and the George Floyd stuff happened, all of our shows became something different. When I do those things, I really enjoy the job at a different level. It feels artistic and it feels meaningful.” 

Domonique Foxworth also understands the power of his words and told Spain that he gets this may be entertainment to some. Inside the sports world though, opinions of anyone on ESPN have power. He explained using former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien.

“I remember being very critical of Bill O’Brien when he was with the Texans and then he got fired. I remember thinking I didn’t take responsibility for it, but I do know part of the reason he had to go was because he had become a laughingstock and we had some hand in that. We are here to entertain, but our entertainment impacts how careers can go.”

Foxworth was right in terms of it is not his fault that O’Brien was fired. However, he does acknowledge that there is a responsibility on-air even when people think they are just giving “hot takes.” He wants to hear all perspectives when looking at a situation and that’s what has helped him become a star in the industry.   

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AEW Dynamite Moving To TBS

“Wrestling hasn’t been seen on TBS since the network cancelled WCW Thunder in March of 2001.”

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Hockey is coming to TNT. That means wrestling is moving to TBS. The network will be the new home of AEW: Dynamite starting in January.

AEW’s original TV show airs on Wednesdays. That will be the spotlight day of the TNT NHL package. The network will present hockey doubleheaders every Wednesday, leaving no room for wrestling.

TNT won’t be completely out of the AEW business. In a press release, WarnerMedia announced that Friday will still see AEW: Rampage airing on the network. The press release pointed out that Rampage has gotten off to a very hot start for TNT.

“Since its August 13 debut, AEW: Rampage has ranked as one of the top cable programs on Friday night. The second week of the show featuring the debut of CM Punk delivered the strongest ratings for the AEW franchise since the premiere of AEW: Dynamite.”

Wrestling hasn’t been seen on TBS since the network cancelled WCW Thunder in March of 2001. That changes on January 5.

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Louis Riddick Explains How MNF Production Meetings Work

“Riddick expounded more on the production meetings with coaches, including one with a particular Bay Area play-caller.”

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The Monday Night Football campaign is in full swing, and The Athletic’s Robert Mays had MNF analyst Louis Riddick on The Athletic Football Show to discuss his weekly routine for putting on a top-notch broadcast.

Riddick dove into the process each week and discussed which coach has impressed him the most during his time in the booth. Tuesdays are a rest and recovery day after traveling home — then the process starts on Wednesday.

“We kinda have a, from a booth perspective, between Steve Levy, Brian Griese, myself, and then Phil Dean the producer and Jimmy Platt, the director. Us five get together and just discuss the previous week’s game and whatever we want to bring up that is positive or negative,” Riddick described to Mays on the show.

The brain trust discusses play breakdowns, production, and situations that popped up during the game. Next up is choosing the important voices for the next game that they want to speak to.

“We give Phil the list of coaches and players that we think are important to talk to,” Riddick said. “He sends that into that team’s PR department, and then usually they say yay or no. Most teams are very, very good with giving us the players that we want because it’s better for them. They know the more we highlight them, the better it is for them.”

Riddick expounded more on the production meetings with coaches, including one with a particular Bay Area play-caller.

“I would say our meeting with [San Francisco 49ers head coach] Kyle Shanahan,” Riddick answered. “Before we did the Bills game down in Arizona because they had to move from Santa Clara because of what was happening was some of the best football conversations I’ve ever had in my life, quite honestly. From team building, coach-player relationships, X’s and O’s, the opponent, what he learned from his father, what he feels specifically that running backs need to have and why… It was fricken incredible, incredible.”

Riddick can be seen on Monday Night Football breaking down all the action throughout the 2021 NFL season. Listen to the full episode here.

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Women in Sports Media Celebrate Kate Scott Joining 76ers

“The west coast native is heading east to continue pursuing her dreams, and she received a ton of support from the women throughout sports media this week.”

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Courtesy: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Kate Scott is breaking new ground, and the sports broadcasting community took notice.

Scott joined Lisa Byington as the only full-time female voices of NBA franchises when the Philadelphia 76ers announced her addition this week. She replaces longtime TV play-by-play voice Marc Zumoff.

“Being the voice of the 76ers is a dream come true,” Scott said to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “As a kid playing hoops alone in my driveway, I actually used to imagine I was Allen Iverson; the clock would wind down in my head, people would scream, ‘You’re too small! You don’t belong!’ But I’d fade away, hit the shot, and the crowd in my mind would go wild.

“To now get the opportunity to be the voice of that team is incredible, and I look forward to earning the respect and trust of the phenomenal city of Philadelphia, and 76ers fans everywhere, one call and one game at a time.”

Scott seemingly busts down barriers every year. She recently became the first woman to call Olympic men’s basketball as part of NBC Sports’ coverage of Tokyo 2020, where she covered both men’s and women’s games.

“Kate’s energy, passion, and tremendous knowledge of the game of basketball made her the ideal candidate to usher in a new era of 76ers basketball on NBC Sports Philadelphia,” Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations Chris Heck said. “We’re thrilled that she’ll call our city home and look forward to the lasting connections and memories she’ll make with the best fans in sports. Kate and Alaa [Abdelnaby] are a dynamic broadcast pairing that 76ers fans will enjoy watching on the call this season and beyond.”

The west coast native is heading east to continue pursuing her dreams, and she received a ton of support from women throughout sports media this week.

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