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Sandy Montag Knows Sports Media Clients Want The Truth

“The hardest thing in client management and client representation is managing expectations. You’re really going to get into trouble if you just yes all of your clients.”

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Everybody strives to get the top jobs in the sports media industry, but they might not always be ready for it. It’s okay to dream big, but sometimes a person needs someone in their corner to tell them they aren’t ready for the job just yet. It can be a tough thing for a person’s agent to do sometimes, but somebody has to do it.

On the latest episode of the Sports Business Radio podcast, the CEO of The Montag Group, Sandy Montag, was the featured guest and he talked about how the hardest thing to do when representing a client is managing their expectations.

“The hardest thing in client management and client representation is managing expectations. You’re really going to get into trouble if you just yes all of your clients. I always believe you have to be open and honest. There are times when a client would come to me and say I want you to get me the host of the Today Show and there’s no way that that person is going to get a job like that. There have been a lot of difficult conversations where you say no, we don’t believe you will be able to get that. That’s not realistic. It’s hard to represent someone if you are not on the same page and if you don’t have the same beliefs and sets of goals/expectations.”

Montag has had some famous clients in his agency such as the late John Madden, Jim Nantz, Bob Costas, and Scott Van Pelt among others. All he knows is the client wants the truth from him, no matter how tough the truth that might be.

“My clients want the truth from me. They want to know if they aren’t doing a good job at something or if they think they may be up for a job that may come open and they aren’t going to be on the list. It’s really important to have that relationship where you can not be intimidated and just can have an open, honest dialogue with your clients about expectations.”

As for the future of the media industry, Montag is seeing how much the A broadcaster can get because of how they can relate to their audience and that the alternate broadcast can be a new way to look at games:

“If you look at the amount of money though in media and you have Amazon, Apple, Netflix. I think the amount of money that is going into media is finally really transcending into what A broadcasters can get and I think networks are realizing people are tuning in to games and you really want people who you can relate to. It’s just interesting the last couple of years where salaries have gone.”

“I just think with people’s attention span today, the alternative broadcast is really an interesting way to look at games. I think it was interesting that ESPN would have two different broadcasts for the same game. The way they looked at it, if you can have the total audience between ESPN and ESPN2 for the same game, then it’s a win for Disney.” 

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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