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Kyle Brandt: I’ve Struggled Learning to Say No to Media Opportunities

“I’m in a position where people call me and ask me to be on shows as a guest. It’s awesome. There are some I try not to say no to ever.”

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We all know people in our lives who have a tough time saying no to things because they want to try to please everybody. For Good Morning Football co-host and the host of Kyle Brandt’s Basement, Kyle Brandt, he can relate when people ask him to do a new media opportunity or to make a guest appearance on a podcast.

Brandt was a guest on the most recent episode of the SI Media Podcast With Jimmy Traina and he told Traina that he has a tough time saying no to things because he knows the opportunities to do things might not always be there.

“I’m terrified of saying no to things. I can’t say no to things. I have a hard time saying no to podcasts. I really do because I know that at some point, they are going to stop asking. I don’t mean the podcasts necessarily, but the jobs won’t be there forever. It’s going to be the next cool creative person. The jobs aren’t going to be there.

“I think a lot of people in our industry, you do things maybe not because you want to or the money, I can’t say no to anything. When you get any sort of foothold or a little bit of success, learning how to say no is really difficult, but my wife pushes me to a lot. When you do it, it’s like ‘Oh my god, I actually said no to a paying job where people can listen to me talk about football or whatever’. I’m still bad at it, but that’s what leads to my schedule.”

Brandt mentioned to Traina he even struggles to say no when people ask him to come on different podcasts because of the schedule that he has and there are certain people that he will make the time for as much as he can.

“I struggle with the media stuff too because I’m in a position where people call me and ask me to be on shows as a guest. It’s awesome. There are some I try not to say no to ever. Yours, I say yes to Rich Eisen as much as I can because I have a good working relationship with Rich and I respect the hell out of him.

“I try to say yes to Le Batard, but those guys are so fun and so creative and they ask me a lot during the season and I just can’t do it. I feel like I big-time them and they are probably going to stop asking me. There are some other ones. When they call, I love those guys. If anyone else asks me, I try to. But those guys, I have a history with.”

When Brandt does come on a show, he makes it a point to prepare for whatever the topics he is going to talk about on the segment.

“I prepare for all of those. I don’t wing media appearances, even if it’s a show I have been on a thousand times, even if it’s  just thinking of some remarks I’m going to make. I’m not studying the salary cap, but I know he’s going to ask about Rodgers, let me make sure I have a good line. I’ll literally write notes with a pen to prepare for podcasts.”

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Jac Collinsworth Out as NBC Voice of Notre Dame Football

NBC will alternate between their new top team of Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge or Dan Hicks and Jason Garrett, depending on the game.

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According to Andrew Marchand of The Athletic, Jac Collinsworth will no longer serve as the play-by-play voice of Notre Dame football games for NBC. The younger Collinsworth, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2017, served as the lead voice for Fighting Irish football games on NBC for two years.

Marchand says that starting next season, NBC’s team of Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge will assume number one college football commentator duties. Internally, NBC execs enjoyed the duo’s calls of NFL and Big Ten football games and wanted to “reward” them with a larger stage. However, Marchand confirms that the pair will still call primetime Big Ten games but will be moved to the Notre Dame call if the network feels the Fighting Irish game of the week is a bigger draw.

Fans of Jason Garrett will be happy to know the former Cowboys coach will still be on the call for other Notre Dame games, now alongside longtime NBC voice Dan Hicks.

All is not lost for Collinsworth, though. Jac will still be part of the Football Night in America team and call college football games on Peacock. Collinsworth was also a voice for the network’s USFL coverage but that will no longer be an option following the league’s merger with the XFL.

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Craig Carton Doubles Down On Philadelphia Eagles Report After Adam Schefter Denial

“I texted someone in the organization yesterday, and the text I got back was, ‘None of that ‘S’ happened.’”

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Craig Carton put out a mysterious report surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles that was shot down by prominent ESPN reporter Adam Schefter. Now, Carton, the current FS1 and former WFAN voice has doubled down on his story.

During the Feb. 20 episode of The Carton Show, Carton said that the Eagles’ collapse was due to, “a problem that would splinter any group of men. It is a real significant problem, and it can not be fixed,” but did not go into any sort of detail.

Schefter, ever the journalist, reached out to a source within the Eagles organization, who immediately denounced the story. During an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic’s The John Kinkaid Show, Schefter said, “I texted someone in the organization yesterday, and the text I got back was, ‘None of that ‘S’ happened.’” Carton immediately started backpedaling via his X account.

Carton also spoke to The New York Post, telling the news outlet, “Considering I never said what the situation was, what exactly are the Eagles denying? I don’t know what the Eagles are denying. Just because the team is denying something and saying it didn’t happen, we should believe them?” The former WFAN host then accuses Schefter of contacting Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and again asks what was being denied because of Carton’s vague original report.

He then retweeted a post from JAKIB Sports reporter Derrick Gunn, saying that there was some internal strife within the Eagles last season. However, nothing Gunn reported seemingly matched the level of dysfunction that Carton speculated.

Today’s episode of The Carton Show also featured Eagles talk, echoing the same sentiments that Carton mentioned to The Post without offering much in the way of news.

Until Carton or another sports media member reveals exactly what went on behind the scenes, Eagles fans will just have to hope for a more positive season in 2024.

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ESPN Broadcast of Rangers-Islanders Stadium Series Game Is Its Most-Viewed NHL Regular Season Game Since 2021

The Stadium Series game between the Rangers and Islanders averaged 1.6 million viewers, the most for a regular season game since the league returned in 2021.

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The NHL on ESPN got a major win under its belt with news that the Sunday, Feb. 18 Stadium Series matchup between the New York Rangers and New York Islanders amassed about 1.6 million viewers, the most for a regular season game since the league returned to the Worldwide Leader in 2021. It was also the most-watched Stadium Series game overall since 2019. The Sunday night broadcast peaked at 2.38 million viewers, an increase of 31 percent vs. last year’s Stadium Series game.

Combined with the Saturday night tilt between the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers, both games averaged 1.37 million total viewers and 448,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic – both figures up 21 percent from last year’s Stadium Series game. Flyers/Devils averaged 1.13 million total viewers and 401,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic, which was flat and up 8 percent versus last year’s Stadium Series. The game’s audience peaked at 1.38 million viewers.

The NHL announced that 9.4 million people across the North American continent tuned into the 16 NHL games that took place across Saturday and Sunday.

Like most sports, NHL viewership has gone up this year — both locally and nationally. Local channel viewership figures are up three percent across the board, while NHL viewership on ESPN is up 40 percent compared to last year.

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