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Steven Godfrey: NFL Draft Reporting Is Just Coach Gossip, Sucks

“I don’t want to pick apart what a dude said on live TV because live TV is really f***ing hard. But, do we need to possibly institute a stylebook of alcohol-related issues, what does that mean?”

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When Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral dropped to the Carolina Panthers in the 3rd Round of the 2022 NFL Draft, people were wondering as to why a potential 1st Round pick fell. Ian Rapoport went on the NFL Network to explain why the fall happened and received criticism for the way he delivered the report.

Rapoport went on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday to explain that he only tried to report what Corral had discussed out in the open and that he wanted his reporting to be balanced even though he had a short period of time to tell the story.

“When I’m on NFL Now, I get a lot of time. I can say whatever I want. The draft is a little bit different because it’s fast,” said Rapoport.  “For me, it was like I had to get a lot of information in a short period of time. I wanted to give the whole picture. I wondered if I said it too fast, if I wasn’t empathetic enough because if Matt Corral succeeds, he will be a fantastic symbol of overcoming a lot…It’s my job to explain all of that.”  

On this week’s episode of the Split Zone Duo podcast, Steven Godfrey and Alex Kirshner dove deeper into the Corral story and discussed what makes them frustrated about draft reporting. Godfrey said he felt weird about policing Rapoport’s reporting, but he wondered if the industry needs to have a guide on how to report about alcohol-related issues.

“He is parroting what he was told. He’s doing his job at a fundamental level because he is conveying the information. A lot of people on Twitter and the media were saying why did Matt Corral drop? So, Ian talks to someone who, by the way, obviously has to be connected or somewhat connected to the Carolina Panthers.”

“It is his job to convey that. However, the phrasing, and I don’t want to pick apart what a dude said on live TV because live TV is really f***ing hard. But, do we need to possibly institute a stylebook of alcohol-related issues, what does that mean?”

Kirshner agreed that live TV can be difficult, but he thinks there is a larger concern with reporting in the NFL about these types of issues.

“The most public examples of this were Adam Schefter getting himself into trouble after DeShaun Watson was not indicted by a grand jury. This is just a thing that NFL media does and there’s some of this in college football media too where, in order to be the guy who gets every significant bit of league news 3 minutes before everyone else gets it and to get a massive following and win the scoop wars, you’ve got to make some significant ethical compromises and I think it has to get the point where you aren’t really compromising because it’s just the way it works.” 

Godfrey said has a general frustration with the way draft season gets reported because so much of what is reported about individual prospects is the opinions of one person or team.

“The alcohol thing combined with treating depression like it’s a bad 40-time. Then, also treating the admission of depression as a negative, that one, I think, cuts to the bone. I do think there is something to be said for a journalist making a decision real-time of ‘I don’t have to say everything.’

“Draft season is coach gossip, but instead of saying hey Alex, Wake Forest is really going to suck this year because their linebackers aren’t good, it’s about a single individual who is 22-years-old and that f**kin sucks, man.”

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”

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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”

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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’

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First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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