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Kay Adams: I’ve Always Been A Risk Taker

“It was a let’s rip this up, we are going to hire a production company, we got new people. I like that process.”

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Back in September, Kay Adams began a new show on FanDuel TV called Up And Adams every Monday-Friday at 11 AM ET. It was a new venture for Adams after being the host of Good Morning Football on NFL Network from 2016-2022. If there’s one thing that Adams loves, it’s starting something new.

Adams was a guest on The Adam Schein Podcast this week and she told Schein that she loves to start up shows and that she is never afraid to take a risk when it comes to looking at a new opportunity.

“I really like starting shows. Good Morning Football was a startup by all means. It was a let’s rip this up, we are going to hire a production company, we got new people. I like that process. When I decided to leave Good Morning Football, I just felt like I had done such good work there and I felt so good about it. We won the Emmy out the door. That was kind of I feel good about this, what else is out there?

“I’ve never been someone who is afraid to take risks. I make decisions pretty quickly when it comes to an opportunity…I think there is a lot of opportunity here. I’m trying to focus on presence and what I have. This show is important to me. I have a team of really hungry people who took a chance just like I did leaving places that they had great jobs to come work on something new and they work their asses off,  my team at Up And Adams….I’m trying to focus more on getting that off the ground, getting that to a good place.”

When Adams was talking about her new show, she thinks that the key to making the show is a success is making sure she gets good information.

“FanDuel wanted to put out content. They started a TV station. They’re going to have some exciting programming coming up, but they kicked it off with me. They said alright ‘We’ll give you an hour, good luck kid. Go do what you want.’ I said what do I want to do for an hour?

“We are still figuring it out. It changes everyday. That’s the incredible grace of it all, you have the freedom to do that. I wanted to give good information. The importance of bringing in the people who are in the locker room and to be able to give some of these beat writers that are in the locker rooms and know what’s going on and the change of energy everyday a voice on a national platform has been really incredible to do. Good information has been really important.”

At times, Adams has Rob Gronkowski on her show and she likes that she can show a different side of Gronkowski to the viewers and try to change the way people view him a little bit.

“Everyone thinks he’s a goof. He’s got things to say, he’s evolved…It’s fun to watch him evolve as a character. It’s really hard to re-write your narrative in this NFL or get anyone to look at you differently. If I can pull that out of anyone, it’s a win.”

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Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”

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In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.

During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.

ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.

NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.

Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.

One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.

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Michael Irvin Removed From NFL Network Super Bowl Coverage

“I came into the lobby and I talked to somebody. I talked to this girl. I don’t know her, and I talked to her for about 45 seconds.”

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A complaint from a female to NFL Network has caused the network to remove Michael Irvin from its Super Bowl coverage.

NFL Network did not comment on the nature of the complaint or the allegation of any impropriety by Irvin, simply stating Irvin would not be a participant in coverage of the event from Arizona.

“Michael Irvin will not be a part of NFL Network’s Super Bowl LVII week coverage,” said NFL Media Vice President of Communications Alex Riethmiller in a statement.

Irvin claimed the interaction happened during a brief moment Sunday after having dinner and drinks with former Cowboy defensive back Michael Brooks.

“This all happened in a 45-second conversation in the lobby,” Irvin told The Dallas Morning News. “When I got back after going out … I came into the lobby and I talked to somebody. I talked to this girl. I don’t know her, and I talked to her for about 45 seconds. We shook hands. Then, I left…That’s all I know.”

Irvin, 56, admitted he didn’t recall the conversation between him and the female but called the interaction “just a friendly conversation”. He defended himself by saying “There was definitely nothing physical”.

The report from The Dallas Morning News added that Glendale police officials do not know about any incident regarding Irvin.

A report from Front Office Sports claims ESPN executives are “poised to pull the plug” on Irvin’s scheduled appearance on First Take from Radio Row Friday.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer has been with NFL Network since 2009, and in August of last year signed an extension to remain with the cable channel.

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Pro Bowl Lowest Rated Since 2006

While the numbers decreased, the Pro Bowl was still the second-highest rated All-Star Game for the major professional sports leagues.

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The NFL completely revamped its Pro Bowl format for the 2022 season, and the changes did not garner more viewers.

An average of 6.28 million viewers tuned into the event across ABC, ESPN, and DisneyXD Sunday for the first 7-on-7 event. That number is a decrease of 6% compared to last year and is the lowest-rated Pro Bowl since the 2006 event saw just 5.96 million viewers. That figure excludes the 2021 Pro Bowl, which was a “virtual” event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the numbers decreased, the Pro Bowl was still the second-highest-rated All-Star Game for the major professional sports leagues, with the MLB All-Star Game seeing an average viewership of 7.51 million. The 6.28 million who watched the Pro Bowl is a virtual tie with last season’s NBA All-Star Game.

The Pro Bowl Skills Challenge — now produced by Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions — did see a large increase in viewership compared to last year. More than 1 million viewers tuned into the Thursday night primetime event, which is the second-best figure on record. That audience is a 23% increase compared to last year’s event.

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