A new episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel premieres Tuesday night (March 22) at 10 p.m. ET and one of the show’s segments features ESPN broadcaster and former NBA star Jalen Rose and a tuition-free charter school he founded in Detroit to provide kids and parents an alternative to a public school system that is among the worst in the United States.
“For me, it was ‘How can I try to be a part of the solution?'” Rose told Real Sports correspondent Mary Carillo.
Ten years ago, Rose founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. He’s the president of the school and its chief benefactor. The goal for the institution was to help children who get lost in a large urban school system like Detroit’s, who grow up in a single-parent (or guardian) household and live below the poverty line, without the resources for a proper education.
Please take a look at a clip from the Real Sports segment:
Growing up feeling abandoned, as if a parental figure gave up on his or her child, is an experience Rose can relate to all too well. For those unfamiliar with Rose’s upbringing, Carillo recounts Rose being abandoned by his father, NBA player Jimmy Walker, and the anger he felt over his father not wanting him and living poor.
Basketball gave Rose an opportunity to escape, to transcend his upbringing, though it’s clearly important to him to remember his roots and to give back to his community. He can provide the opportunity for many of his school’s students that basketball allowed for him. Carillo highlights Chanelle Miles, raised by her grandmother who prized an education to build a better life. But Detroit public schools weren’t in a position to help and she couldn’t afford a private school.
Then she discovered Rose’s academy and the former “Fab Five” star at the University of Michigan answered all of her questions about the school directly. With a nearly 100 percent Black student body, Black teachers (many of them male), a Black woman leading the school as principal, and a curriculum focused on the Black experience (in addition to educating on mental health issues, she knew it was the right place for Chanelle, who graduated in 2015 and went on to graduate from Michigan.
Chanelle’s experience and what the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy provided for her and students like her makes for a very touching story that’s worth watching.
“I’m extremely proud. I cannot lose,” said Rose. “Revisit this in like 10 years. It’s going to be young people that are achieving their goals and aspiring to do great things and there are going to be adults that are helping that happen. And I have total faith in this city.”
The latest episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel premieres Tuesday, March 22 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. The show is also available on-demand and HBO Max, in addition to repeat airings on HBO networks.
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at email@example.com.
David Kaplan Leaving NBC Sports Chicago
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement.”
David Kaplan has announced he is departing NBC Sports Chicago. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Kaplan said a new path opened that he couldn’t turn down.
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement. You’ll still be able to catch me weekday mornings with Jonathan Hood on the Kap and JHood morning show on ESPN 1000. It will also allow me to provide you with more engaging and outstanding content right here on YouTube.”
Kaplan, who will turn 62 this weekend, accepted a buyout offered by NBCUniversal. He has hosted several different shows for the network during his tenure.
“He’s made enormous contributions to our network, and his passion, opinions and love of Chicago’s teams have made him a beloved and respected figure, not just with fans but also his colleagues,” NBC Sports Chicago Vice President of Content John Schippman told The Chicago Sun-Times. “We wish him the best and look forward to seeing what’s next.”
December 30th will be his final day at NBC Sports Chicago. He called his time with the network “an amazing run”.
NASCAR Chasing Nearly $1 Billion Annual Rights Fee In Next TV Deal
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport.”
The current media rights deal for NASCAR with FOX Sports and NBC Sports doesn’t end until after the 2024 season, but the organization is currently plotting what it wants its next deal to look like, according to a report from Front Office Sports.
Currently, NASCAR makes $820 million per year from the two networks. In its new rights deal, it is expected to seek a deal in the neighborhood of $900-950 million range.
NASCAR plans to begin negotiating with its current media partners in the early months of 2023, but is currently happy with FOX and NBC.
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport. Whether that’s pushing more brands and advertisers to spend on Fox and NBC,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Media and Productions Brian Herbst told FOS. “Fox had their third consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. NBC had their second consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. So it’s working for them — both from a viewership and an ad revenue perspective.”
In February of this year, NASCAR President Steve Phelps told the Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast that broadcast television “has to be a part” of the organization’s next television rights deal.
As its current media partners, FOX and NBC have exclusive negotiating windows with NASCAR.
NFL Sunday Ticket Negotiations With Apple ‘Have Gotten Silly’
“Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
A report from The Athletic details why the NFL has not announced a new partner for the NFL Sunday Ticket package. David Kaplan claims there have been continued hiccups in the negotiations, mentioning the bargaining has gotten sideways between the league and Apple.
“This negotiation has gotten silly. … Clearly, there’s a problem. I think it’s really clear Apple is learning things they didn’t know,” the anonymous NFL source told Kaplan. “What the conversation is, is Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
The report also details Amazon Prime and YouTube remain in the mix as potential suitors for the service, should talks with Apple and the league fall apart.
The NFL is looking for as much as $3.5 billion annually for rights to the service.