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Tim Legler Explains How SportsCenter Analyst Segments Come Together

The NBA analyst has become synonymous with film breakdown on SportsCenter.

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Few analysts can break down the game of basketball like ESPN’s Tim Legler. The former NBA sharpshooter is most often seen next to Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter throughout the NBA season and especially now in the midst of the NBA Finals.

Legler uses an iPad and different tools to illustrate how teams capitalize on matchups and use different actions to win games. The ESPN analyst appeared on The Lowe Post podcast with ESPN NBA writer Zach Lowe this week and gave some insight into how the film segments come together.

“I’m not nervous about my operation of the mechanics of it,” Legler said on the show. “I just put so much time into it, but you’re relying on technology not failing on you, and there’s nothing worse than when something freezes up, and you can’t do anything about it.”

Legler said he still gets nervous that malfunctions will cause dead air, but his preparation and the timeliness of his production staff help keep those few and far between.

“Over the course of a game,” Legler continued. “Particularly the Finals, I’m going to have 12-15 pages of notes by the time that game ends. There are storylines throughout the game that you are following. So I’ll have to write down time, score, and a quick note on the play, and you are trying to see a pattern.”

Legler said the overarching focus is to use all of the preparation to shape a story about why a team wins. The clip preparation can be “tough” because he goes on immediately after the final buzzer.

“The other thing is I’m on right after the game,” Legler described to Lowe. “So if that game comes down to the last possession maybe that’s the play I want to do the breakdown of you’re going to be literally waiting until the last second. It takes them [production] a few seconds to go find the play, to get it to loaded onto the iPad, all that stuff.”

The analyst tries to make it as seamless as possible by giving the production crew exact times and scores of the clips he wants. Check out the full segment with Legler right here.

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Carton & Roberts: Could Mike Mayock’s Failure Hurt Louis Riddick?

“The firing of Mayock brings a plethora of questions that were discussed on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts.”

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Mike Mayock was fired by the Las Vegas Raiders from his general manager position on Monday.  Mayock spent just three seasons with the Raiders, but it was certainly an eventful ride.

Besides the issues with Jon Gruden and his e-mails that ensued this season, Mayock himself also made some poor decisions when it came to top draft picks.  The Raiders ended up cutting two of Mayock’s first round picks, Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette, as a result of their actions off the field.

The firing of Mayock brings a plethora of questions that were discussed on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts

What next step does Mayock make?  Could he try to go back to NFL Network, or would he take another job as an executive?

Carton & Roberts pointed out that Mayock may have a little “stink” on him if he were to try and go back to television as a draft expert seeing as he essentially failed at that position for an NFL team. 

While the stink may wear off if Mayock were to lay low for a while, it could also make it difficult for other television personalities to be hired by NFL front offices.  Louis Riddick, of Monday Night Football, has apparently shown interest in front office positions.  Craig Carton hypothetically asked if Mayock’s failure have a ripple effect on tv personalites in the same way Urban Meyer’s failure could have a ripple effect on NFL teams hiring college coaches?

Other than trying to go back to television, it is also possible Mayock goes for a lower-level position in the NFL.  It will be interesting to see how the NFL’s teams and networks respond to Mayock’s availability.

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Apple Has Up To $200 Billion For Live Sports

“NFL Sunday Ticket is among the big players that could be up for purchase, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.”

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It’s been an ongoing rumor that Apple is looking to get into the live sports realm, and it appears that’s getting closer to becoming a reality.

MacRumors on Monday reported a recent investor note sent out by the tech giant indicates the company is itching to spend a chunk of its $200 billion on its balance sheet on live sports.

NFL Sunday Ticket is among the big players that could be up for purchase, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. NASCAR and the NBA also potential areas of interest, in addition to college sports offerings from the Big Ten, Pac 12, Big East and Big 12.

Apple TV+ currently doesn’t have any live TV programming offered, and with the focus on original programming, the service could bring in an influx of new subscribers if it managed to land a top-tier product.

MacRumors also noted that Apple is in talks with Major League Baseball to potentially have rights to games. With baseball in a lockout, there’s no telling where discussions stand.

But at this point, Apple likely feels like they’re a step behind other streaming giants like Amazon. And with cash burning a hole in their wallet, landing Sunday Ticket or the NBA could level the playing field.

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Kay Adams Reveals Her NFL Network Contract Expires In May

“Adams was complimentary of Burleson before she dropped the tidbit about her own contract.”

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The first “Super Wild Card Weekend” in the NFL has come and gone, and Good Morning Football co-host Kay Adams joined Pat McAfee on Monday afternoon to break down the weekend’s games. But McAfee and company weren’t expecting Adams to hint that she could potentially be on the move by the spring.

Adams and McAfee were talking about Nate Burleson, who recently left Good Morning Football for a role on CBS This Morning. His role has since evolved into Burleson covering more general news than sports. But McAfee asked about NFL Network’s plans for finding a replacement for Burleson.

Adams was complimentary of Burleson before she dropped the tidbit about her own contract.

“My contract is up in May, so we have to work that out and figure that out,” she said. “So the future is all super exciting.”

Adams is a University of Missouri alumna, who got her first start in media in 2011 hosting overnights on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports. That then took her to NBC Sports before she eventually landed on NFL Network.

“I always knew I wanted to do something in media,” she said. “Sports sort of pulled me along, which is great.”

The conversation moved from talking about Aaron Rodgers to what an ideal position for Adams would be. Being as vague as she could be and to not tip her cards, she said she would love to stay in football media.

“It’s no secret the goal is to have the pedigree to have the big boy seat at the table,” she said. “I love visiting stadiums…I like being part of the game day experience and obviously love being on in the morning. We get to set the tone and the agenda for the day.”

McAfee continued to press about her options, and Adams mentioned the rise of sportsbooks, which have recently been on the move in acquiring media personalities, McAfee included.

“It’s a really energizing time right now, that’s all I’ll say,” she said.

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