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Tom Rinaldi: Erin Andrews is a Leader in In-Break Booth Communication

“Erin is a leader in that. She hits the booth insightfully with hey, I notice this…I have tried to pick up the lead with that in that regard.”

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Tom Rinaldi

This fall, Tom Rinaldi will be one of the sideline reporters for the NFL on FOX for his second full season on the A team with Erin Andrews. Of course, the lead NFL FOX booth has changed slightly with Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen on the call for FOX’s big game of the week, including the Super Bowl this upcoming season.

Rinaldi was a guest on the Sports Media with Richard Deitsch Podcast this week. He was mainly on the show to talk about the upcoming podcast series Wesley, a FOX Sports audio documentary that debuts July 18 on any podcast platform. It is about Lyman “Wesley” Bostock Jr. and is produced, written, and hosted by Rinaldi.

Towards the end of the segment, Rinaldi was asked by Deitsch about working with a different booth now that Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have joined ESPN. Even with the changes, Rinaldi is excited about the upcoming year and even mentioned something Erin Andrews has taught him over the last year:

“I think there’s a lot of excitement in that and discovery in that as we get to know one another and understand each other’s rhythms. Something that Erin is phenomenal at and has taught me a lot about is her communication in-break with the booth. I think that’s something Richie Zyontz and Rich Russo have really encouraged in the culture of their team meaning if there’s an observation, don’t care who gets the credit, serve the viewer. Erin is a leader in that. She hits the booth insightfully with hey, I notice this…I have tried to pick up the lead with that in that regard.”

“The booth appreciates that. They have so much going on…It’s very easy to miss. That’s what we are there for primarily, first and foremost. I know there’s interviews attached certainly. The reports that come from eyes and ears observations on the ground even with all the cameras deployed.”

Of course, Rinaldi might be still remembered by many for his work at ESPN on College Gameday and being on the sidelines for some of the big college football games. In fact, that experience has helped Rinaldi in his NFL coverage as he says he is able to see players in the pros that he used to cover while they were in college:

“One of the blessings of the many that come with my awesome time at ESPN is having the chance to meet some of the players collegially and the benefit now of seeing them as professionals. To be able to say to them with some authenticity, I was there when. To say to a player in a way that hopefully he interprets in the right way, wow, I’m proud of you, congratulations for what you are building in your career. I have been amazed with some of the emotion that has come back to me in pregame exchanges.”

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Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee Facing Defamation Lawsuit From Patrick Reed

During a Golf Channel broadcast, Chamblee had reportedly accused Reed of cheating during the Hero World Challenge after being assessed a two-stroke penalty for improving his ball placement in a bunker.

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Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee are being sued by golfer Patrick Reed after Reed alleged “misreporting information with falsity and/or reckless disregard of the truth” by the network and Chamblee.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Reed claims Golf Channel, Chamblee, and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan have conspired against him since he joined the PGA Tour while trying to “destroy his reputation, create hate and a hostile work environment for him”.

Reed, who has faced cheating allegations dating back to his college golf days, had his legal representation send a cease-and-desist letter to Chamblee in 2020. During a Golf Channel broadcast, Chamblee had reportedly accused Reed of cheating during the Hero World Challenge after being assessed a two-stroke penalty for improving his ball placement in a bunker. Reed claimed he did not intend to improve his lie.

Reed, 2018 winner of The Masters, alleges that Chamblee’s allegations have caused fans to heckle him and label him a cheater at events.

Patrick Reed defected from the PGA Tour in June to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf organization. He is seeking $750 million in damages.

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Joe Girardi Joining Marquee Sports Network

“I’m excited to join Marquee and look forward to working alongside Boog, JD, and Taylor this weekend at Wrigley Field,” said Girardi.

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Marquee Sports Network has announced that former Chicago Cubs catcher, and Marlins, Yankees, and Phillies manager Joe Girardi is joining the network as a game analyst. Girardi will work this weekends series between the Cubs and Brewers, as well as a series against the Marlins in September.

Girardi has previously worked as an analyst for YES Network, MLB Network, and Fox Sports.

“I’m excited to join Marquee and look forward to working alongside Boog, JD, and Taylor this weekend at Wrigley Field,” said Girardi. “Growing up a Cubs fan and then having the chance to play for the team for a number of years, I’m honored to now have the opportunity to broadcast from the historic television broadcast booth.”

After a three-time World Series winner as a player, Girardi spent 15 seasons in the big leagues, seven of which came with the Cubs. The former catcher has spent parts of 14 seasons as a manager with the Marlins, Yankees, and Phillies. Girardi was fired as the manager of the Phillies on June 3rd.

“We’re pleased to welcome Joe Girardi to the Marquee Sports Network team,” said Marquee Sports Network General Manager, Mike McCarthy. “His insights as a long-time Cubs player and big league manager will be a valuable addition to the broadcasts. Welcome Joe!”

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ACC Network Expands Women’s Basketball, Baseball Tournament Coverage

A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network.

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ESPN and Raycom have struck a deal to make ACC Network the television home of the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments, beginning with the 2023 season.

A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network. Previously, the championship events had been distributed on Bally Sports South, which confused viewers.

“We are thrilled. This is a significant moment that will enhance these premier events and provide much-needed access to our fans,” Phillips said. “We appreciate ESPN, Raycom Sports, and Bally for mutually agreeing to make this happen.”

ESPN or ESPN2 will continue to carry the championship games for both the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments.

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