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Bomani Jones Trying To Make Late-Night Sports Show Work On HBO’s ‘Game Theory’

“You are making content as much as anything else for people to love… I want to make a show that people who are into it can love.”

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Starting next month, Bomani Jones will have a new show on HBO called Game Theory With Bomani Jones that will be a weekly program diving into the big issues in sports. It will be a late-night show and Jones knows that late-night shows that are about sports can be a challenge.

Jones was a guest on the Real Ones with Raja + Logan podcast on The Ringer NBA Show and mentioned that doing this show will be a challenge because no one has figured out how to make a late-night sports show work yet:

It hasn’t evolved in sports because nobody has figured out how to do this in sports,” Jones explained. “If there’s anything I would say that’s probably the most challenging thing about this is we are trying to make a format work that as far as I can tell, nobody has been able to make work.”

One thing that Jones thinks will have the content click with the viewers is that there will be no studio audience for his show and it will allow him to take more chances with the content he produces:

“Part of doing a show that has a studio audience for late-night, what you wind up with in large part is things that are done to set it up so that the people in the audience will laugh and tell the people at home that they are supposed to laugh,” Jones said. “This isn’t going to be that.”

“People are going to have to buy in. That, I think, is the biggest difference, which also allows you to take a few more chances because you aren’t trying to make content for people who kinda like you or for people who don’t care about you. You are making content as much as anything else for people to love… I want to make a show that people who are into it can love.”

In terms of what kind of guests will be on the show, Jones mentioned he is going to take some things from when he was a part of Highly Questionable on ESPN. One of them is knowing that even if the guest may not have the strongest connection to sports, he or she can still bring a fun topic to talk about to the table:

“The approach on guests and interviews for me is going to be informed by the time I spent doing Highly Questionable,” Jones said. “It was a sports show, but if somebody’s got something cool to talk about, it doesn’t really matter. Their connection with sports can be tenuous at best if they are good, if they’ve got something interesting and fascinating to talk about.” 

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Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit Featured As Commentary Team for ‘NCAA Football 25’

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NCAA Football fans rejoice — NCAA Football 25 will feature ESPN’s Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. Fowler will be making his first appearance in the game while Herbstreit will be doing it for the 14th time. The pair confirmed the news today via their X accounts:

The pair were finally able to reveal their involvement as more news came out about the game starting today. Multiple news items about the game were reported, including the participation of all 134 Division I football programs, and that college football players could opt into the game for NIL purposes. According to The Athletic’s Chris Vannini, players will receive $600 and a free copy of the game for opting in. Those who fail to opt in will be replaced by a generic avatar.

Following the initial news, Front Office Sports revealed more names attached to NCAA Football 25 — Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, Kevin Connors, and David Pollack. All but Pollack, who was laid off from the company in June, are ESPN employees.

The last NCAA Football game was released in 2013 and started the conversation of whether players should be paid for their participation. EA Sports then stopped putting out versions of the game, despite critical and commercial success. Fan projects like College Football Revamped strived to bring the game into modern times — but now it’s no longer needed. College Football 25 will be revealed in earnest this May, with a release date slated for the summer.

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Joy Taylor and Taylor Rooks to Launch New Podcast

“This show is a space for us to be honest about our experiences, our emotions, and the way we view the world.”

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Fox Sports 1’s Joy Taylor and Thursday Night Football’s Taylor Rooks are teaming up for a new podcast, Two Personal, which will debut on March 6. The description of the new content says it will take on subjects beyond the world of sports such as mental health, discrmination and other social issues. The two friends plan to share things they would normally talk about only in private.

“Joy [Taylor] and I have navigated our careers together as sisters in sport, but Two Personal allows us to expand and share our private thoughts and conversations with our listeners,” said Rooks. “This show is a space for us to be honest about our experiences, our emotions, and the way we view the world. There is infinitely more to us than what we have allowed the public to see, and I’m thrilled to be in a place where I feel ready to bare my full self and give an honest look into who I am completely.”

“I am so excited to launch Two Personal with Taylor [Rooks]” Joy Taylor said. “We have spent our careers in sports and now have created an opportunity to show a different side of ourselves. The authentic, raw and exposing side of our experiences and personalities outside of sports. We can’t wait to bring our girl talk to the world!”

The podcast is scheduled to drop a new episode each Wednesday on YouTube and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Report: Amazon Prime Video Paying $120M to Stream NFL Playoff Game

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting Amazon and the NFL have reached agreement on a $120 million deal for Prime Video to have exclusive rights to stream an NFL playoff game at the end of the 2024 season.

Amazon had passed on the opportunity to air the game this past season. It subsequently aired on Peacock in a deal which was valued at $110 million. The AFC Wild Card round matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs made sports media history, garnering an average minute audience (AMA) of 23.0 million viewers, making the contest the most-streamed live event in the history of the United States.

NBCUniversal also revealed that the contest reached 27.6 million total viewers and peaked at an average of 24.6 million viewers during the second quarter. Engagement with the playoff game accounted for the largest internet event in history with 30% of internet traffic prioritizing the game at this time.

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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