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Hubie Brown: I Never Underestimate the IQ of our Audience

“I try to speak to the audience exactly like I’m talking to my assistant coaches and to the players in the huddle when we are talking out of the timeout. That to me is what we owe you as a fan.”

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Even though Hubie Brown has not coached an NBA game since the 2004-2005 season, he is always finding a way to continue to coach, but this time he is coaching the audience from the broadcast booth for ESPN/ABC, which he has done for the last 20 years. 

Brown was a guest on the Sports Media With Richard Deitsch Podcast this week and he talked about his preparation for calling a game. He mentioned what he looks for from the two teams, but also wanted to talk to the audience as if they were his assistant coaches or his players when he would talk to them during a timeout.

“Before I do a telecast, I make sure that I had just seen the two teams play their last two games and the reason for that is because I want to be current about the injuries, the new starting group, and how they are running their substitutions. Plus, evaluate how they react in the last 5 minutes of the game about what they are running under pressure plus the out-of-bounds plays.”

“I never want to go into a telecast and not be prepared about where this team is, where the injuries are, what the problems with it is. I try to speak to the audience exactly like I’m talking to my assistant coaches and to the players in the huddle when we are talking out of the timeout. That to me is what we owe you as a fan. We owe you why are things happening and when the things happen, we want to back it up for you because never once do I underestimate the IQ of the audience.” 

Hubie Brown realizes the pressure that comes with calling a game that not only gets broadcast nationally but internationally as well. 

“There is a lot of pressure here now that we are current and can speak positively about what we think can happen and then when it happens, explain why it happened. Then, the guys in the truck have got to be with us and give us the necessary pictures to back up what we are talking about.” 

In terms of receiving feedback, Hubie Brown is always open to hearing what the producer and the director have to say after a broadcast because he wants to make sure that they got everything into the broadcast that they wanted to. 

“I always since Day 1, it’s a four-man team. The two guys out front are the announcer and the analyst. That’s easy. Everyone knows who you are. But, the telecast is going to be because of the producer and the director whether they get in everything that they have to get in in regards to whatever administration wants in the telecast. Can they do all of this and then match the pictures with what we are talking about?”

“To me, anytime that you win an award, it’s not just because of the announcer and the analyst. It’s always because of the production team who are in harmony with all of the guys that are recording all of this in the building. It’s all coming together and hopefully it’s going to be a successful telecast.” 

“When it’s over, when it’s new and you are driving back to the hotel, you want to always converse with the producer and director because did they get in what they wanted to get in? Did we in return, are we happy with did you overdo this, did you put in too much and then you went away with what we are doing? To me, that’s the most important thing of the telecast.”

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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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