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Brian Windhorst Thinks Aggregation Has Changed His Dealings With NBA Players

“It’s happened to me so many times that I can now understand what someone like LeBron goes through. I admit I have aggregated LeBron. It wasn’t called that, but I have absolutely been guilty of that.”

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Sometimes in this business, one quote can stand out from an interview subject and it can potentially get taken out of context of what the entire statement was. For ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst, he understands what an NBA player can go through with having their words taken out of context. 

Windhorst was a guest on the That’s What She Said with Sarah Spain podcast and he said having what he says aggregated by newspaper or blogs or websites has changed the way he goes about interviewing NBA players.

“It’s completely changed the way I deal with NBA players because I now am way, way, way more sensitive to what can happen to their words and totally guilty of it many times in my career of pulling one thing the player says out of six paragraphs and making it a headline. Probably will be guilty of it again, although I really try to avoid it.”

Windhorst understands that his readers might not want to read a long quote from a player, but from his own personal experiences, he has to be careful with judging what is important news.

“Sometimes, it’s warranted because some of that is news judgment. Sometimes, you listen to a player answer 11 questions and his answer on the 7th question could be really important. There is all these shades of grey in there. It’s happened to me so many times that I can now understand what someone like LeBron goes through. I admit I have aggregated LeBron. It wasn’t called that, but I have absolutely been guilty of that. I’m way more cognizant of trying to keep the context. If a player answers a question in 200 words, you can’t put 200 words there. The reader will be like I can’t take it. There’s a nuance there.” 

As Windhorst told Spain, he knows that a site such as this one will probably use what he says from the interview and he knows that whenever he does an interview, there’s a chance it will happen again and it’s changed how he has looked at the industry as a whole.

“There’s a chance that something that I said during this podcast will get aggregated that will cause me a headache. I know when I’m asked to do interviews, I know that I’m like ‘Well, probably going to face a blowback for something I said here…It’s changed the way I’ve looked at the business.” 

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

“I’m so excited to FINALLY announce that I’m part of @EASPORTSCollege
. I’m proud to be a partner and one of the voices of the game once again.”

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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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