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Charles Barkley Admits He Tried To Pay Dirk Nowitzki To Go To Auburn

“Instead of being disappointed in a teenager hanging 52 on the star-studded team, Barkley decided to work on recruiting the young Nowitzki to his former school which Barkley is now a very supportive fan of.”

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Last night, long-time Maverick Dirk Nowitzki had his jersey retired in Dallas. Not long after, a video surfaced of Charles Barkley years ago explaining how he actually tried to recruit the 7-footer to play for Auburn.


“I called Nike. I said, ‘Find about this kid. Tell him I’ll give him anything he wants to go to Auburn,’” Barkley said in June, detailing the first time he met Dirk. “Anything he wants, we’ll get it done.”

This occurred in 1997, when Nowitzki was a teenager in Germany playing a Nike exhibition game against NBA stars such as Barkley, Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen. Barkley’s reason for recruiting Dirk was most likely obvious to everyone in attendance that day.

“Dirk finished with like 52 (points),” said Barkley.

Instead of being disappointed in a teenager hanging 52 on the star-studded team, Barkley decided to work on recruiting the young Nowitzki to his former school which Barkley is now a very supportive fan of. However, Nowitzki elected instead to bypass college altogether and jump from a German pro team to the NBA.

Although Nowitzki passed on Auburn, it may have been Barkley who stopped Nowitzki from making a different career choice.

“I said, ‘Where you gonna play (college basketball) at?’” Barkley recalls. “He says, ‘I have to go in the Army.’ I said, ‘Dude, you can’t go in the Army playing like that.’”

As Barkley tells it, he called Nike again later in the summer to make one last run at having Nowitzki sign with the Tigers.

“(Nike) said, ‘Well, he’s got to go in the Army.’ I said, ‘That dude is 7’ tall, he’s not going to the damn Army. What’s he gonna hide behind?’”

Barkley’s love for his alma matter has been the source of a lot of jokes both on Inside the NBA and when he sits at the desk for Turner and CBS’s coverage of March Madness. He is also a regular guest of College GameDay when ESPN takes the show to Auburn.

Certainly all of those colleagues have a new pool to dip into for jokes now that Chuck has admitted he was willing to commit a recruiting violation on behalf of the school.

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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LaVar Arrington, ‘Up On Game Presents’ Forges Multiplatform Deal With John Brenkus, Brinx.TV

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

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Fox Sports Radio morning co-host LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform deal with creator and host of Sport Science John Brenkus and Brinx.TV.

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV,” said Arrington. “This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry.”

“LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field,” adds Brenkus. “By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV’s distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success.”

Up On Game Presents is the podcast platform Arrington curates, in conjunction with Fox Sports Radio. The Up On Game podcast features Arrington and former NFL Pro Bowl wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress.

Brinx.TV was created in February of 2021 and allows subscribers the ability to watch live programming while also make purchases, bid in auctions, buy NFTs, and answer trivia questions.

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