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Michelle Beadle: ‘What I Accomplished Made It Easy To Leave ESPN’

“It was my dream job for a while and I did it. It was good. I know we did a good show and I rest thinking that.”

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Some people never get the chance to get multiple goodbyes at the same place of employment. However, Michelle Beadle worked for ESPN on two different occasions. Her most recent stint ended when she decided to leave in 2019. 

This week, Beadle was a guest on The Ariel Helwani Show to talk about her time at ESPN, working for the San Antonio Spurs, and starting her own podcast at The Athletic called What Did I Miss? After her time at ESPN ended, Beadle did think for a time that she might not ever go back to working in the media.

“The thing that sort of stopped that I guess was I didn’t have a plan B. In fairness, I never had a plan A. I was like, well what will I do? I came back to Texas and was like I could drive Uber, I could wait tables again. Nothing sounded fun and I think that’s what it was.”

While Michelle Beadle said she would have been devastated in the past about leaving ESPN, she says she was at peace with the decision when she made it two years ago.

“I think because I did what I did and I reached what I wanted to reach and I was financially good, I think all of that combined really let me relax because I had worked so hard for so many years…I had never really taken a ‘break break’ from it. I didn’t care if I was seen again because it was on my own terms. Had I been fired or had it been just a little bit different of an ending, maybe I would have been a little more angry or a little more feeling I have to get out there.

“It was like a breakup. When you break up, you walk away cool. You have a clean conscience, you’re like I did what I did, said what I said. It was my dream job for a while and I did it. It was good. I know we did a good show and I rest thinking that. It was almost the best-case scenario for leaving something like that rather than jumping back into something that you didn’t want to do.” 

One of the things that Beadle did at ESPN in her second act there was be a part of Get Up. It is a decision that she does not regret. However, she told Helwani she did not like the way the show was changing: 

“No. That decision was good for my bank account. What we signed up to do under John Skipper was very much a show we all wanted to do. People leave, things get changed, other people come in and it becomes something else so that’s ok.” 

She did not like that Get Up was turning into every other show and she mentioned that since she was hosting NBA Countdown, it was easier for her to leave Get Up. That, unfortunately, meant leaving Mike Greenburg, who Michelle Beadle clearly enjoyed being around.

“Greeny is a lovely man. Our personalities could not be more different. I am obnoxious and loud. He is not. He is a dream for hosting television because he doesn’t get you in trouble, he is not going to say anything controversial even though I never thought I said anything controversial. He’s a good person.”

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Stephen A. Smith Slams Washington Post For Jerry Jones Reporting

“But you’re going to bring up a photo of him when he was 14, 15 years old? 65 or 66 years ago? This is where cancel culture gets into the mix.”

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After reporting from The Washington Post revealed a photo of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones standing on the steps of North Little Rock High School as six black students attempted to integrate in 1957, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith has slammed the outlet’s reporting and defended Jones on First Take Monday.

“I’m pretty pissed off,” said Smith. “I’m pissed off but not for reasons that people would think. I am very, very fond of Jerry Jones, and I’m not hiding that from anybody. Is his record perfect? No, but I’m pissed off because he doesn’t deserve what just happened. He doesn’t deserve it. One report, our report, said he was 14 years old. Another report said he was 15 years old. At minimum that’s 65 years ago.

“You’re going to bring up a picture of Jerry Jones standing at this protest — no question — what was happening is not something that anybody — as a black person — should be appreciative about. You had six students trying to desegregate the school,” Smith said before stating that racism is still “alive and well’ in America, noting black men especially face it daily.

“But you’re going to bring up a photo of him when he was 14, 15 years old? 65 or 66 years ago? This is where cancel culture gets into the mix. You’re making an attempt to eradicate him, what he stands for and all he has done.”

Smith continued by saying he doesn’t have a problem with the photo, and Jones’ youth changes the potential for outrage, noting if he was 30 or 35 rather than a teenager, that would be a bigger indicator of his character.

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Gus Johnson: ‘Nobody Ever Told Me I Was Doing It Wrong’

“I just want to delight in the excellence of these young men and women that I have the chance to call because I know it’s so important to them because it’s important to me.”

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While fans get to hear Gus Johnson call big college football and college basketball games and get to see his reactions to memorable moments, he unfortunately never gets to see his own reaction, but he just enjoys being a part of sports, such as when he called Michigan-Ohio State for FOX this past Saturday.

Johnson was a guest on The Rich Eisen Show last week and he said while calling a game, he never wants to be too controversial and he appreciates that people choose to watch him during their times of relaxation.

“They say you never see yourself, you only see a reflection. You’ve never seen your face. You’ve only seen a reflection of your face as a human being. I can’t see myself. I would love to see myself during those moments because I sometimes don’t really understand the reaction. To me, I’m just watching the game, I’m a fan. I’m a journalist and I take that seriously, but more than anything, I’m just a fan of sports. Thank God for sports.

“People for the last almost 30 years have allowed me to come into their homes during their times of relaxation, rest, to spend time with their families. That’s important to me. When I call the game, I don’t want to be too controversial. I’m not trying to be 60 Minutes. I just want to delight in the excellence of these young men and women that I have the chance to call because I know it’s so important to them because it’s important to me. It connects you to great moments in your life and in your mind.”

Before he got to FOX, Johnson was at CBS Sports from 1995-2011 calling some memorable NCAA Tournament games and NFL games that went down to the wire. In an era where criticism can be found easily, Johnson told Eisen that he never received criticism about his broadcast style from any of his bosses:

“Nobody ever told me that I was doing it wrong. That’s one thing I loved about the CBS experience. At CBS Sports, we had different kind of broadcasters. Our leader back then and still is Jim Nantz. He had his own style. We had Verne Lundquist, we had Dick Enberg there during that time. Don Criqui was there during that time. Not one time did anybody ever tell me that I wasn’t doing it right. Nobody ever said ‘Gus, don’t do it that way’. I would get negative criticism when the Internet started, but not from my bosses.”

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Scott Hanson Clarifies NFL RedZone Missteps During Raiders/Seahawks

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available on select stations.

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NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson ruffled feathers for many football fans Sunday when he told viewers to switch from the channel to their local CBS affiliates to see the conclusion of the Las Vegas Raiders and Seattle Seahawks game.

Unfortunately, for both viewers and Hanson, the game was only being shown in a small portion of the country, with the rest of the nation’s CBS affiliates already airing 60 Minutes. The game was also available to NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers.

Hanson took to Twitter Sunday evening to explain what happened on the air and to apologize for the miscalculation.

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available to stations in the Las Vegas, Fresno, Sacramento, Reno, Eugene, Portland, Boise, Seattle, and Spokane markets on the west coast. Additionally, the game was available in Chicago, Tampa, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

He apologized for the mistake and said he would have more details at a later date.

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