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Nate Burleson: I Didn’t Want CBS To Treat Me Like a Sports Guy

“I said look, I don’t want the glamour assignments. I want you to send me into the thick of it.”

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When celebrities go out to places where they are easily recognizable, they want to be treated as if they were just a regular person. Well, that was the case for Nate Burleson as well when he started at CBS This Morning in September. 

On the latest edition of the 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt podcast, Burleson talked about his first week and some of the heavy stories he had to cover such as the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, Hurricane Ida, and the 20-year remembrance of 9/11. He appreciated that the crew at CBS This Morning put him on the impactful stories right out of the gate and didn’t treat him as someone just coming from a sports background.

“They didn’t have me start off by saying hey what’s up man, I’m Nate, and we are over here in Times Square. That wasn’t it. They were like we hired him for a reason, we know how intelligent he is, let’s give him the same assignments we give everyone else. If he is coming in talking about topics that aren’t impactful, then why is he here? That week one was a good start,” said Burleson. 

Nate Burleson mentioned that when he was in the pitch meetings with CBS, he wanted to be on the serious stories and eventually, he wants to get those opportunities to go to some “really gritty places” and “experience unique food and cultures.” 

“One of the things we talked about when we had our pitch meeting was all of the things I am interested in. I said look, I don’t want the glamour assignments. I want you to send me into the thick of it. So, hopefully, I get to experience that when I am on assignment doing pieces, features, and essays for CBS Mornings.”

When Burleson isn’t on CBS This Morning, he is previewing games on Sunday on The NFL Today. He says that he sees the DNA of another successful pregame show in their own.

“If you like NBA on TNT, you would most likely like our show. The reason I say that is because you see Chuck and Shaq go at it and they bicker all show long, that’s the same exact thing that Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason do. Not just on the show, but be a fly on the wall during the commercial break. There is this atmosphere of a true locker room even though we are all from different eras, we all sit there and rib each other like we played together.” 

With the way Nate Burleson can have fun talking about football or being serious when talking about the news, he is becoming one of the more versatile people in the industry and he is happy to be given the chance to not be seen as just the ex-NFL athlete. 

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Former ESPN South America Host Michelle Troconis Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Murder

She was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with evidence and hindering the prosecution.

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Michelle Troconis, a former host and producer for ESPN South America was convicted of helping her late boyfriend Fotis Dulos kill his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos in 2019, nearly five years after the Connecticut mother of five went missing. She was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with evidence and hindering the prosecution.

According to the New York Times, Troconis, 49, faces a maximum of 50 years in prison. The jury found Troconis conspired with Fotis Dulos to murder his estranged wife, lied to provide an alibi for him and helped him dispose of the bloody evidence.

A statement released by the family of Jennifer Dulos said, “There can be no victory when five children are growing up without their mother. This verdict represents the meticulous collection, analysis and presentation to illuminate an unconscionable series of crimes. That immense body of evidence also serves to highlight the gaps that remain in this case – most important, that Jennifer Farber Dulos still has not been found. We have lost a mother, daughter, sister, cousin and cherished friend. Jennifer’s loved ones cannot bury her next to her father.”

Troconis, who once had her own TV production company in Argentina, also hosted a snow-sports show for ESPN South America.

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The Sports Media Industry Remembers ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen

“Upon learning of Mortensen’s passing, members of the sports media industry flocked to social media to remember the ESPN legend.”

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ESPN has lost a legend. Longtime NFL insider Chris Mortensen passed away Sunday morning at the age of 72. Mortensen spent more than three decades working for the worldwide leader in sports. The news of his passing was first made public by ESPN PR.

Affectionally referred to by his colleagues as ‘Mort’, Chris Mortensen contributed to ESPN’s NFL programs, SportsCenter and was the network’s top news breaker for years. He earned the Pro Football Writers of America’s Dick McCann Award in 2016, receiving his honor at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony in August of that same year. It was also the same year when Mortensen broke the news of Peyton Manning retiring from the NFL.

Unfortunately, 2016 was also the year when it was revealed that Mortensen was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer.

“Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-working teammate,” ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement. “He covered the NFL with extraordinary skill and passion, and was at the top of his field for decades. He will truly be missed by colleagues and fans, and our hearts and thoughts are with his loved ones.”

In 2023, Mortensen stepped away from his role at ESPN to focus on his health, family and faith. Prior to joining ESPN he wrote for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering the Falcons, Braves and the NFL He was also a columnist for The Sporting News and a consultant with CBS Sports’ ‘NFL Today’.

Chris Mortensen is survived by his wife, Micki, and son, Alex. Upon learning of his passing, members of the sports media industry flocked to social media to remember the ESPN legend.

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Struggles Continue for ‘Undisputed’ On FS1

According to Sports Media Watch, the Feb. 27 edition of the program had 50,000 viewers, the lowest in the show’s history.

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It’s been raining and pouring for Undisputed over the last few months — and February saw an all-time low for the long-running Skip Bayless vehicle. According to Sports Media Watch, the Feb. 27 edition of the program had 50,000 viewers, the lowest in the show’s history.

Among the shows that defeated Undisputed head-to-head were a re-air of Get Up on ESPN2 and first-round Dubai Open tennis on The Tennis Channel, according to Sports Media Watch.

Undisputed has been in dire straits for months. According to figures provided by USTVDB, the show passed 200,000 viewers just twice since August — the Monday, Sep. 4 edition that featured new co-hosts Michael Irvin, Keyshawn Johnson, and Richard Sherman and took place after the University of Colorado’s win over TCU, and the Monday, Jan. 15 edition following another Dallas Cowboys playoff loss, this time a blowout at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. Its viewers were likely there to revel in Bayless’ misery as a vocal Cowboys fan. For perspective, First Take enjoyed its most-watched episode ever on Jan. 15 with an average of 1.5 million viewers.

The show routinely averaged near or over 200,000 viewers but saw a sudden decline once co-host Shannon Sharpe left the show following last year’s NBA Finals. Sharpe then joined First Take, which saw its most-watched year ever in 2023, averaging almost 500,000 viewers per episode, and hasn’t slowed down at all.

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