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Peter Schrager Explains Why Good Morning Football Can’t Be Other Debate Shows

“You see some of these Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe or even Stephen A. Smith monologues and you’re like wow, they are talking for 8 minutes straight. That’s what their show is.”

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When you watch Good Morning Football on NFL Network every weekday morning, Peter Schrager is usually going to be the one that brings you the most information as the insider on the roundtable, but he also learned that it is good to show personality while on the panel as well. 

On the latest episode of The Press Box, Bryan Curtis had Schrager on as a guest. Schrager mentioned that in the first year of Good Morning Football, they wanted to turn people that weren’t already known into stars and bring a different feel to the show.

“I’m the schmoozer. I have good relationships around the league,” he said. “Our first season, it was our goal was to make lesser-known players into stars or let’s make the GM’s characters…That was the stuff we were doing. This show really gave me a runway of 3 hours, 5 days a week. You can’t just be doing transactions on TV and looking at your phone, you have to have a little bit of personality too.”

With four voices on the panel every morning, it’s not easy for everyone to be heard compared to the two-person debate shows.

“You see some of these Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe or even Stephen A. Smith monologues and you’re like wow, they are talking for 8 minutes straight. That’s what their show is. In our case, we have four different mouths to feed and for it to be a conversation, we need to leave a little wiggle room where I can jump Kay, jump Kyle, and I can push back on Mike where he says something and it’s like, let’s hit that again.”

During the podcast, Schrager talked about his early years of getting into the business, including the time he tried out for Dream Job on ESPN. While the show was looking for the next SportsCenter anchor, it wasn’t something he always wanted to be because he loved writing about sports: 

“Al Jaffe, who was running a lot of the talent for ESPN at the time, pulled me aside and was like here’s Howie Schwab, our lead researcher. I feel like you two would be kindred spirits. Howie, to his great credit, was like here are the people you need to know on the .com side, opened some doors, and then it really became a possibility that I have a potential pathway to write about sports.” 

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LIV Golf Nearing TV Deal With The CW Network

“LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.”

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According to a report from Front Office Sports, LIV Golf has laid out a deal with The CW Network for television carriage in the United States.

The deal is a multi-year agreement that will see the tour own real estate in lesser-viewed time slots on the network. A revenue-sharing relationship between the tour and the television network is expected to be struck.

LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.

After a standup comedy show in West Palm Beach last week, Feherty reportedly told the crowd “Have you heard of CW? I might get fired for this, but…,” according to report from Tom D’Angelo of The Palm Beach Post.

Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand had previously reported a deal between the Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour and the network was likely.

Nexstar Media Group — the nation’s largest television owner — is the majority owner of The CW Network. There are around 220 affiliates of the network on over-the-air television stations. Rumors of an acquisition of LIV Golf’s rights come on the heels of The CW Network being linked to the potential launch of a college football bowl game that would air exclusively on the network.

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Stephen A. Smith: ‘I Don’t Feel Obligated To Agree With Black Community’

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Stephen A. Smith is out promoting his new memoir Straight Shooter. He recently sat down for a conversation with Men’s Health magazine.

Interviewer Rachel Epstein covers a wide variety of topics with Smith. Some are about what can be found in the book. Some are about the First Take star’s public perception.

She asked how Smith balances the responsibility of representing the Black community with his brand. On ESPN, Smith is known for being unique and unapologetic for his sometimes over-the-top persona.

“Number one by being fair,” he said. “By trying to gather as much information and educate myself on issues as much as I possibly can.”

He added that he has never felt pressure to think a certain way or say a certain thing. Even if pressure existed, he prides himself on not giving in to it.

“I never feel an obligation to agree with my community. I believe we all have a right to think the way we want to think. But I do feel a responsibility to make sure that the perspective emanating from my community is heard, even if I disagree.”

Stephen A. Smith is one of the highest-paid and most visible employees at ESPN. He said that a certain responsibility comes along with that status. He wants the Black community to know that even if he doesn’t agree, he will make sure people know what he is hearing when he is on TV talking about an important subject.

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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