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Willie Colon: Had ‘Skewed’ View Of Media As Player

“I wasn’t anti-media, but I was just like half of these guys don’t know what the hell they are talking about.”

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon had a successful nine-year career in the NFL. He has carried that success into broadcasting with his work on Jets PreGame and Jets PostGame Live on SNY in addition to the roles he has had at Barstool Radio and currently on SIRIUSXM on the Morning Men show.

However, Colon wasn’t exactly sure right away if being in the media was going to be the right move for him. On the Courtside Club with Rachel DeMita podcast, Colon said it was his wife who watched him do work at SNY and thought he could do great if he put in the time and effort.

“I was very bitter when I left the field because I left the field injured and forced to leave because my knees went bad on me. I was in a grey space about what I wanted to do next. I was doing a couple of hits on SNY and my wife was like hey man, if you take this seriously, you can be really good at it.”

One of the reasons Colon was unsure about becoming a member of the media was because he saw players who were not accepted back into the locker room they were once a part of as players because of things that they said.

“Part of my pushback was I still wanted to play. I wasn’t anti-media, but I was just like half of these guys don’t know what the hell they are talking about. I don’t want to be that guy. The guys who were leaving the field and getting into that space, some of those guys weren’t welcomed back into the locker room because they were talking too much, letting go of house secrets, putting the team that they formerly played for in weird positions. I had a very skewed position of what my role would be in the media.”

As Colon has become more comfortable in his second career, he realizes he can tell the difference with which broadcasters are sincere about their takes and which just want the headlines.

“It took me a lot to just be comfortable in front of the camera and be comfortable in what I was going to say and how I was going to deliver my message. When I got on the other side of the fence, I realized there are professionals who do care about their takes and how they go about their stuff and then there are guys who cut on you because they want to be in the headlines.”

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LaVar Arrington, ‘Up On Game Presents’ Forges Multiplatform Deal With John Brenkus, Brinx.TV

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

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Fox Sports Radio morning co-host LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform deal with creator and host of Sport Science John Brenkus and Brinx.TV.

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV,” said Arrington. “This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry.”

“LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field,” adds Brenkus. “By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV’s distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success.”

Up On Game Presents is the podcast platform Arrington curates, in conjunction with Fox Sports Radio. The Up On Game podcast features Arrington and former NFL Pro Bowl wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress.

Brinx.TV was created in February of 2021 and allows subscribers the ability to watch live programming while also make purchases, bid in auctions, buy NFTs, and answer trivia questions.

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Amazon Under Fire For TNF Halftime Show’s Handling of Tua Injury

There was plenty of reaction to how Amazon covered the situation and lacked the awareness to acknowledge what transpired last Sunday.

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a head injury in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The images of Tua’s injury and the reaction of his body to the injury shocked not only the other players and fans in the stadium, but also those watching the Thursday night game on Amazon Prime Video.

At halftime, Tony Gonzalez, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Richard Sherman all offered their reactions, with host Charissa Thompson providing an update from the team.

But noticeably absent in that discussion and reaction was the fact that Tua was playing in the game and suffered a head injury less than a week after he was believed to have suffered a concussion in Miami’s Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills. Add in the fact that the NFL Players Association is also investigating whether league concussion protocols were followed, as Tua returned to that game and helped lead the Dolphins to a victory.

There was plenty of reaction to how Amazon covered the situation and lacked the awareness to acknowledge what transpired last Sunday.

The network did provide a deeper discussion during its postgame show and Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit addressed the issue in the 3rd quarter. Unfortunately it didn’t become a bigger discussion on the broadcast until social media became littered with negative reactions to the halftime show’s approach to discussing the various issues involving the Dolphins quarterback prior to his injury during Thursday night’s game.

With Amazon now in partnership with the NFL, it’ll be interesting to watch how the network handles future sensitive issues given what they experienced covering the Tua Tagovailoa story.

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Big Ten Would Expand If Amazon or Apple Wanted to Buy a Package of Games

According to a report from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the Pac-12 is keeping close watch on what the Big Ten does in terms of nailing down a digital rights partner like Amazon.

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The dust has settled on recent conference expansion, but there’s room for additional growth in the Big Ten if the price is right.

According to a report from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the Pac-12 is keeping close watch on what the Big Ten does in terms of nailing down a digital rights partner like Amazon.

Should the Big Ten agree to a deal with either an Apple or Amazon, it’s believed the conference would look to poach even more Pac-12 schools like California, Oregon, Stanford and Washington.

No figures have been formally made public, but a deal somewhere close to $100 million per season would be enough to convince Big Ten presidents to add four more members. No official vote by the Big Ten has been taken in terms of further conference expansion.

That domino falling would open the door for the Big 12 to swoop in and pick up Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah, essentially the final nail in the Pac-12 coffin.

Meanwhile the Pac-12 is already looking at negotiating a new media rights deal. Amazon has also been linked to the conference. One report suggested the tech giant could hammer out a deal that would allow for exclusive Friday night football coverage. Meanwhile Apple continues to seek adding more live sports to its Apple TV+ platform. The company is believed to be a frontrunner to get NFL’s Sunday Ticket package.

In addition to its Friday MLB game presentations that began this season, Apple also struck a deal with Major League Soccer for media rights, making Apple TV+ the exclusive home for MLS matches starting in 2023.

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