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Channing Frye Retells ‘Road Trippin’ Origins

“Road Trippin’ was something we did during that championship year that was just supposed to be practice for Richard Jefferson.”

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Back in 2016, Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson were both on the Cleveland Cavaliers team that won the franchise’s first championship. During that season, they both started the Road Trippin’ podcast with then Cavaliers sideline reporter Allie Clifton, and the two players have gone on to premier broadcasting jobs once their NBA careers ended.

Frye was a guest on the latest edition of the Sports Business Radio podcast and he explained that he was only going to be a guest on Jefferson’s podcast to help Jefferson get some broadcasting practice. Then, Frye all of a sudden had to jump into a different role

Road Trippin’ was something we did during that championship year that was just supposed to be practice for Richard Jefferson. Richard called me in the hotel and said hey, I need to practice because I want to get into broadcasting when I’m done. Come up here and let me interview you. I’ve got Allie up here. I was like, I’m not coming up there unless you feed me and give me a bottle of wine.”

“We go up to the training room and there’s one mic. We are sitting there and getting ready to start…then Kyrie walks in…He comes and sits down. I turned into one of the hosts and that’s how it actually started.”

Frye mentioned that he loves to talk basketball and sports in general. However, when he is giving his analysis and criticisms on the game, he tries to keep it strictly to what he is seeing on the court only.

“I always want to do right by the player. I’m going to call it how I see it, but I’m trying my best at all times to never talk about the person, only the product that’s out there. I think sometimes a lot of broadcasters kind of melt into that area by talking about the player instead of the product that the player put out there. I think we have to keep those things separate especially in today’s age because guys are very sensitive to that because of how much that is happening to them on social media or other broadcasts.”

When Frye is hosting his show Handles on social media, his goal is to show clips of every game, even for the ones where two bad teams might be playing.

“For my show Handles on Fridays, I have 4-5 games going on TVs and I am sitting there with 2-3 other people and we are choosing the games and the clips to pull. I think regardless of your record, each team deserves to get looked at. If you remember old school ESPN would play a clip of every single game that was on. I think we need to get back to that…Those players are all pros. They get paid. They deserved to get shown especially if they have good highlights or especially if they are playing well. Sometimes, your team stinks, but you are good.”

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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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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