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Ryan Fitzpatrick: Speaking in Soundbytes Has Been Biggest Change of Analyst Role

“Whatever you say, they are going to take a small snippet and whatever is going to make it interesting and put it out there. Learning how to navigate that part of it a little bit has been interesting.”

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For any athlete that enters into the world of sports media, one of the adjustments that they have to make is trying to get their breakdown of a play or get their opinion in a concise amount of time so the networks can get to commercial breaks or the next segment. On the Thursday Night Football broadcast on Amazon Prime, they decided to make a slight adjustment to the pregame, halftime, and postgame shows this year. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick was a guest on The Ryen Russillo Podcast and he said that one of the things that the crew discovered during their inaugural season was that the show works as a whole when the football conversation is allowed to have more of a flow. 

“One of the things we found last year, our producer, Spoon Daftary, does a great job of letting our personalities show and not taking things too seriously. We love football, but we can also have fun. What we found last year, say we have a two-and-a-half minute segment. Instead of saying ‘Fitz you have 15 seconds, Sherm you have 15 seconds’. To just allow us to have a free flowing conversation about football, maybe it’s ‘Andrew Whitworth, give me 20 seconds on why you think Dallas is going to beat Philadelphia’. From there, just to have a free-flowing conversation based off of what Big Whit says, that part has been really fun.”

By making this change, Ryan Fitzpatrick believes that it allows each analyst to have their personality shine and utilize everyone on the set. 

“I think it gets a lot of good stuff out of all of us. To be able to dive into some of those things and to have the versatility to do that with the different people on the desk because of how much we watch and enjoy the game, I think that’s been a great part of it.” 

In terms of now working as part of the media, Ryan Fitzpatrick had to adjust to the reality that when trying to make that quick, concise point, that quote has the chance to get picked up by another media outlet. 

“The interesting part is talking in 15-second clips or 10-second clips, maybe sometimes you get a 25-second point. Whatever you say, they are going to take a small snippet and whatever is going to make it interesting and put it out there. Learning how to navigate that part of it a little bit has been interesting. We have a lot of fun. We all still love watching the games and love being around it. Hopefully, that comes across to our viewers as well.”

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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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