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Jackie Redmond Joins Peacock’s WWE Studio Shows

“Raw Talk and Talking Smack are digital shows housed on Peacock that dive into the ins and outs of each Monday Night RAW and Friday Night Smackdown event.”

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WWE has added fresh voices to Raw Talk and Talking Smack this week. Jackie Redmond and WWE analyst Matt Camp are the new co-hosts of the show.

Raw Talk and Talking Smack are digital shows housed on Peacock that dive into the ins and outs of each Monday Night RAW and Friday Night Smackdown event. Past episodes are available on Peacock.

“As someone who grew up on Stone Cold Stunners and Rock Bottoms, I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am to join WWE,” said Redmond in a press release. “There is nothing quite like the WWE Universe, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to engage with the most passionate and dedicated fans in sports entertainment every week on Raw Talk and Talking Smack.”

Redmond got her start in the industry as a winner of Gillette DRAFTED 3: The Search for Canada’s Next Sportscaster. The Score Network put on the contest where Redmond captured history as the event’s only female winner.

The sports media veteran is currently hosting and reporting for the NHL Network and Turner Sports. She has prior experience working at Rogers Sportsnet for six years as an anchor. On top of her reporting at Sportsnet, Redmond also hosted Sportsnet Central and WWE Aftermath. 

WWE and Comcast have struck a nice business partnership through the Peacock service. WWE fans had plenty to do with the 9 million new signups logged earlier this year. The wrestling promotion also moved their WWE Network properties, Raw Talk and Talking Smack included, over to Peacock throughout this summer.

Now wrestling fans have a one-stop-shop for all of their WWE content with other content options a click away on the Peacock platform.

There is no rest for the weary on Talking Smack, as Redmond makes her program debut on Saturday, Oct. 2.

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Michael Kay: Vin Scully Was ‘A Gift From The Gods’

“No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

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As sports media figures continue to mourn the passing of Vin Scully, Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay penned a special op-ed to Scully in The New York Post.

Kay noted the sheer length of Scully’s career — pointing out he announced games for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges just as he did for Clayton Kershaw — and how his style “transcended generations”.

“If you listen to how some called a game in the 50s, you can question if they would even be hired by today’s execs or, more importantly, accepted by today’s audience,” Kay said. “Scully was just as good and relevant in 2016 as he was in 1950. There is an incredible genius to that accomplishment.”

The two baseball broadcasters both graduated from Fordham University, which Kay said bonded them after they were introduced to one another in 1999 by Scully’s friend Keith Olbermann.

Kay also echoed a sentiment shared by many the day following Scully’s passing: that he was the greatest sports broadcaster of all time.

“In an era of hot takes where debate shows argue about the greatest this and the greatest that, there is no debate that Scully is simply the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived,” Kay definitively said. “No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

He later added Scully’s ability “was a gift from the Gods. A lovely, soft, easy voice and a disarming manner that made him sound like a friend and not an authority figure giving you the score.”

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NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt Will Host Podcast With Omaha Productions

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

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You’ll soon be able to hear NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on your favorite podcast platform.

Brandt, who co-hosts Good Morning Football, signed on with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions according to Adam Schefter.

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”

Caesars Sportsbook will be supply all betting lines for Brandt’s show. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.

Brandt’s show joins a lineup of six other podcasts originally announced back in June.

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DirecTV Strikes Deal with Amazon to Carry Thursday Night Football in Bars and Restaurants

. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so.

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This season, Thursday Night Football moves over to Amazon’s streaming service for the first time. That might be good for consumers at home, but that left a drastic issue still with bars and restaurants carrying the games.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Amazon has agreed to allow DirecTV co carry its games to bars and restaurants. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so. Some establishments that have upgraded their equipment recently have run into issues syncing the video to go to different televisions from the stream.

DirecTV is also entering its last season with NFL Sunday Ticket.

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