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Derek Jeter: I Can Showcase My True Personality as an Analyst

“Everyone always says ‘We are seeing this side of you that no one saw before.’ I said that’s by design. My job was to limit distraction. My job was to be vanilla.”

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Once it was announced that Derek Jeter was going to join the FOX team this past MLB season, it was unknown how he would do, considering he would always try to stay out of the spotlight when he was the captain and shortstop of the New York Yankees. However, once Jeter joined the team, the goal was still to be himself and not deviate from who he is. 

Jeter was a guest on the Calm Down with Erin and Charissa podcast this week. He said that people tell him they have never seen this other side of him now that he is in the media, but he is still the same person. It’s just while he was playing, his goal was to not be a distraction so it gave the Yankees the best chance to win. 

“Everyone always says ‘We are seeing this side of you that no one saw before.’ I said that’s by design. My job was to limit distraction. My job was to be vanilla,” said Jeter. “And my job was to limit headlines because that’s what helped us perform on the field.” 

“It wasn’t like I was trying to be someone else, I just wasn’t trying to be a headline. It doesn’t mean you don’t have opinions, it doesn’t mean you don’t have a perspective. As long as they say to me look be yourself, give me your perspective. The way I look at it is I’m just giving an opinion. You may not agree with it but it’s not necessarily wrong. I can just tell you what my mindset was when I played.” 

As Derek Jeter reflects on this year with FOX, he enjoyed the teamwork and the camaraderie on the set with Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez, and David Ortiz. Plus, he knows that his teammates want him to do well so that the show can go well. 

“I was pleasantly surprised at how well everyone gets along, how well they treat you, how well they support you, and how well they want you to do. They view it as the better you are, the better we are as a team. Being an athlete my entire life, I enjoy being a part of teams. That’s how I truly feel at FOX…It’s been a great experience for me.”

With that being said, Derek Jeter believes that the relationship between the media and athletes is fractured due to their a lack of trust. 

“I think the problem is everyone looks at it as the other side. I think everyone should try to look at it as the same side. The goal is you want people to watch sports, you want them to be entertained, and you want them to want to tune in again. I think I have a better understanding of why some questions are asked. But I wouldn’t say I necessarily learned that moreso in the last year at FOX, but I think I learned more when I was in the front office at Miami. I think you understand why certain decisions are made, why questions are asked.”

“I do think the relationship between the media and athletes is fractured because I think there’s a lack of trust. And I think there’s trust with certain individuals. That’s why they are able to get more information because there is a sense of trust. Until that is fixed, you will always have that friction. I think I have a better understanding of why certain things are asked, but I’ll never understand the gotcha attitude where someone is trying to get you.” 

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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
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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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