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Michael Strahan: ‘Best Damn Sports Show Period’ Made Me Want Media Career

“I started doing Best Damn Sports Show Period out of fun, not thinking about a second career. But, then I started to realize this actually could be happening and it really happened when I was doing The Best Damn Sports Show Period.”

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Michael Strahan wasn’t always thinking about being in the media after his Hall-of-Fame playing career was over. However, there was one show that helped Strahan realize that it could actually be a reality for him.

On the latest episode of The Pivot Podcast with Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor, Strahan said he started doing guest hosting roles on shows for fun, but then he went on The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

“I literally would just do stuff because it was fun. Next thing you know, I did a Super Bowl for ABC one time on the main desk. I started doing Best Damn Sports Show Period out of fun, not thinking about a second career. But, then I started to realize this actually could be happening and it really happened when I was doing The Best Damn Sports Show Period.”

One of the things that Strahan thinks more people need to understand about broadcasting is that one particular person doesn’t make-or-break the show and sharing on a broadcast was something he learned while on The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

“That was like a training ground to me for live TV and for hosting and for sharing. It’s important to share. That’s what I think a lot of people don’t understand. They think it’s about me, I’m the star. Everyone can be a star. The show’s winning, we all winning…There’s so many people in the ecosystem of making you successful that If you think it’s about you, you’re a damn fool. For me, I truly have learned that it’s about teamwork. It’s about walking into the room and letting people know how important they are about everything.”

Strahan said he had a different mentality about the media while he was a player because he realized in order for the media to get their story, they needed him more than he needed them.

“I realized that they needed me to do their job. I hate to say it that way, but as an athlete, I needed my mentality to be you need me, I don’t need you, and you are telling me how to do my job. I used to say to them “the last time you put on a uniform was when your mom took you trick-or-treating”…It’s easy to write about something you’ve never done, but when you’ve done it, it gives you a greater appreciation about what it takes to get it done.”

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Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit Featured As Commentary Team for ‘NCAA Football 25’

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NCAA Football fans rejoice — NCAA Football 25 will feature ESPN’s Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. Fowler will be making his first appearance in the game while Herbstreit will be doing it for the 14th time. The pair confirmed the news today via their X accounts:

The pair were finally able to reveal their involvement as more news came out about the game starting today. Multiple news items about the game were reported, including the participation of all 134 Division I football programs, and that college football players could opt into the game for NIL purposes. According to The Athletic’s Chris Vannini, players will receive $600 and a free copy of the game for opting in. Those who fail to opt in will be replaced by a generic avatar.

Following the initial news, Front Office Sports revealed more names attached to NCAA Football 25 — Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, Kevin Connors, and David Pollack. All but Pollack, who was laid off from the company in June, are ESPN employees.

The last NCAA Football game was released in 2013 and started the conversation of whether players should be paid for their participation. EA Sports then stopped putting out versions of the game, despite critical and commercial success. Fan projects like College Football Revamped strived to bring the game into modern times — but now it’s no longer needed. College Football 25 will be revealed in earnest this May, with a release date slated for the summer.

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Joy Taylor and Taylor Rooks to Launch New Podcast

“This show is a space for us to be honest about our experiences, our emotions, and the way we view the world.”

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Fox Sports 1’s Joy Taylor and Thursday Night Football’s Taylor Rooks are teaming up for a new podcast, Two Personal, which will debut on March 6. The description of the new content says it will take on subjects beyond the world of sports such as mental health, discrmination and other social issues. The two friends plan to share things they would normally talk about only in private.

“Joy [Taylor] and I have navigated our careers together as sisters in sport, but Two Personal allows us to expand and share our private thoughts and conversations with our listeners,” said Rooks. “This show is a space for us to be honest about our experiences, our emotions, and the way we view the world. There is infinitely more to us than what we have allowed the public to see, and I’m thrilled to be in a place where I feel ready to bare my full self and give an honest look into who I am completely.”

“I am so excited to launch Two Personal with Taylor [Rooks]” Joy Taylor said. “We have spent our careers in sports and now have created an opportunity to show a different side of ourselves. The authentic, raw and exposing side of our experiences and personalities outside of sports. We can’t wait to bring our girl talk to the world!”

The podcast is scheduled to drop a new episode each Wednesday on YouTube and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Report: Amazon Prime Video Paying $120M to Stream NFL Playoff Game

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting Amazon and the NFL have reached agreement on a $120 million deal for Prime Video to have exclusive rights to stream an NFL playoff game at the end of the 2024 season.

Amazon had passed on the opportunity to air the game this past season. It subsequently aired on Peacock in a deal which was valued at $110 million. The AFC Wild Card round matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs made sports media history, garnering an average minute audience (AMA) of 23.0 million viewers, making the contest the most-streamed live event in the history of the United States.

NBCUniversal also revealed that the contest reached 27.6 million total viewers and peaked at an average of 24.6 million viewers during the second quarter. Engagement with the playoff game accounted for the largest internet event in history with 30% of internet traffic prioritizing the game at this time.

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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