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Julie Stewart-Binks Wants More Hockey Work

“I would like to work in hockey more. I know that’s where my heart is…

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During the course of her career, Julie Stewart-Binks has covered many different sports and events. When she was doing sideline reporting on the MLS and college football for FS1 or ESPN, she wanted to make sure that her reports were a little different from everyone else’s.

Stewart-Binks explained how she did that and much more on The Sessions with Renee Paquette podcast on The Volume. In order to make them different, she made sure to do extra work so that she was always prepared whenever it was time for her to give a report:

 “I really learned it when I was doing MLS and college football. We would always be in the same meetings together, so you are getting the same information. I always in my head thought if I’m in these meetings, none of this is mine. It’s all everyone’s, fair game. I would have it as information, but even if I asked a question and I’d be like hey guys, can I have this answer? Because the way brains work, if they heard something, they might say it on air. It’s the nature of a human talking about something.”

“I regularly did a ton of interviews outside to get extra stuff. In any kind of reporting in a game, you can have 3-4 awesome stories/hits and I’m going to get these in. Then, the game goes completely different.  None of this stuff is relevant anymore. Now, I really have kind of hits on every guy that can potentially do something and have something extra.”

During the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year, Stewart-Binks was part of the Turner Sports crew for the Lightning-Maple Leafs First Round series. There were times she would be the only person from Turner in the broadcast meetings, so she made sure to give the information to the rest of the crew when she saw them:

“For TNT, they would have different crews come in each game. I didn’t meet my crew till 6 PM for an 8 PM puck drop. They had missed the meetings. I got to do the broadcast meetings with SportsNet. I would then go and use a lot of the stuff and tell it to the people that it would help. What can I add to the conversation that these guys don’t already know?”

As for what Stewart-Binks wants to do next, she knows she wants to continue to do more work with hockey, but she knows she is influenced by many things, and she admits that might not be best for her career:

“I would like to work in hockey more. I know that’s where my heart is… I want to work in hockey. Someone can ask me a question about hockey and I can riff like I know it.”

“I’m still very much open to doing so many different things. That’s what’s interesting is through all of my travels and this has probably hurt my career, I get influenced by so many different things.”

In addition to covering more hockey, Stewart-Binks wants to take her own podcast, Drinks With Binks, to the next level:

“I like Drinks With Binks. I think it has a lot more ability to do something. I’d like to take it outside of my apartment and make it kind of like an Anthony Bourdain kind of thing and in the sports world and beyond, but mostly sporting events. Make it more of a travel interview show.” 

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline

“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”

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Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.

Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.

“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”

Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.

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No Conspiracy Behind ESPN Monday Night Playoff Game Selection

“The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience.”

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ESPN has only carried NFL playoff games on Monday night for two seasons but has been a part of wild card weekends dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.

With the exception of one season, a 4-seed versus 5-seed matchup has always been covered by the Monday Night Football broadcast team in that stretch of nine seasons. That continued with Cowboys/Bucs this year.

In 2021-22, with the NFL expanding the playoff field to seven teams, the first Monday night playoff game was played. The Rams cruised past the Cardinals 34-11.

Last week, the decision was the source of much speculation. TV executives shared a number of theories about why ESPN landed the game that had the most star power in the Super Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post wrote that no speculation was necessary. The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience. The new format, the games that have a likelihood of altering seeding for the divisional rounds have already been played.

The 4/5 games this weekend proved to be pretty entertaining. The Jaguars rallied from down 27 to beat the Chargers. Al Michaels and Tony Dungy were ripped on social media for how they called a particularly exhilarating game for NBC. So it turns out Joe Buck and Troy Aikman would’ve called either one of the weekend’s best games.

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