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Tony Romo: I Was Boring When I Started At CBS

“I sounded like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the teacher.”

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On Sunday afternoon, Tony Romo began his fifth season calling NFL games as the lead analyst for CBS with the Chiefs’ 33-29 comeback win over the Browns. It has been a broadcasting journey in which the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback has tried to get better with every game he has called. 

Romo was a guest on the most recent episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina and discussed the boot-camp type atmosphere that CBS put him through when he got started so he would be ready to go on Day 1.

“I did so many practice games on my own. I give CBS credit. We put together a plan as we were going through it. Usually, you get hired and you do one thing and they see it. We had this almost boot camp, training camp deal. I was like I’m not going out there randomly, I want to feel how this is going to go, 1,000 reps kind of thing. But, you can’t do that because you need a live game.”

When Romo first started doing the practice games, he did not like how he sounded. He used a very recognizable pop culture reference to illustrate how bad he thought he was.

“I sounded like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the teacher. I watched myself and it was so boring. You would have been like this guy needs to stop doing this right now.”

In order to improve in his mind, Romo mentioned that he tried to look at the other analysts and tried to mimic what they were doing and realized what he could do to stand out.

“What it was is I am at dinner with my family and friends and everyone has their phones out and they are just reading their website and I am going to tell a story, how do I keep their attention? Very quickly I found there’s a certain tone, there’s a certain emphatic nature to it, and there’s a certain look them in the face, tap them on the shoulder. I have to keep your attention, so the only way to do it is what I do at dinner.” 

Right now, Romo isn’t looking ahead to exactly how long he will continue to be in the booth, but he knows that this profession is something he wants to do for the foreseeable future.

“I love it, I’m passionate about it, I really enjoy the game of football.”

Romo and Nantz’s game for Week 2 will be in Los Angeles when the Chargers take on Romo’s former team, the Cowboys, at SoFi Stadium. 

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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts

“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

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FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.

“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.

“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”

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Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC

“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”

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Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.

“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”

Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.

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Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”

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FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.

USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.

The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.

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