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Mike Francesa: No One is Happier About a Jerry Jones Documentary Than Jerry Jones

“Jerry can’t not be involved in everything because Jerry has to be in the middle of everything that’s going on and he wants attention all the time.”

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The Last Dance started a trend in documentary television. Suddenly, any sports star willing to sit in front of a camera was worthy of a multi-part series. Jerry Jones will be the latest name to get the treatment. Netflix recently announced that it had acquired a ten episodes series on the life and career of the Dallas Cowboys owner.

“Nobody will be more pleased with that than Jerry, who has got, you know, one of the more sizable egos in history of mankind,” Mike Francesa joked Monday on his BetRivers podcas

One of the common criticisms of The Last Dance and other sports documentaries like it is that the subject of the story is given too much control. That means the story is often manipulated to make its subject, Michael Jordan in the case of The Last Dance, look good. Derek Jeter, Tom Brady, and others have faced the same criticism. 

Francesa is confident that will not deter Jones at all.

“Jerry can’t not be involved in everything because Jerry has to be in the middle of everything that’s going on and he wants attention all the time,” he said.

Who is the audience for this series? On its face, the appeal seems limited. Dallas Cowboys fans will certainly love it, but the Cowboys have not been “America’s Team” for a long time. Francesa points out that since the 90s, the team has largely been a non-factor in championship discussions.

That doesn’t mean the series is destined to be boring. Francesa says that if Jerry Jones allows cameras and producers to delve into his relationships with his coaches, it could make for good television.

“He can’t leave anybody alone with the football because he fashions himself a football guy, because he played football in college. He thinks he’s a football guy, and that’s very detrimental to the team because he undermines his coaches. He undermines the discipline of his coaches because the players have a back door to Jerry all the time.”

The doc-series is part of a partnership between NFL Films and Skydance Sports. The league is looking to leverage some of its stars and stories into entertainment content. A feature film about the life of John Madden and starring Will Ferrell is next on the docket.

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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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