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RG3 Remembers Stuart Scott with Rich Eisen

“He really was cooler than the other side of the pillow and I think everybody in our community, not just the media community, but also the black community, really appreciated the flair he brought to broadcast TV.”

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Robert Griffin III and Rich Eisen remembered Stuart Scott on a recent episode of ‘RG3 and The Ones.’ Scott, the legendary ESPN sportscaster, passed away exactly nine years ago on this date.

Scott was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and became a major advocate for research before he passed away in 2014 at the age of 49.

Eisen teamed up with Scott as one of the most memorable SportsCenter anchor teams in history and told RG3, “I will always talk about Stuart. Keeping his memory and spirit alive, is something I’m up for doing.” He then told Griffin, “He would love to see what you’re doing right now.”

Eisen would go on to say, “What you saw on TV was the guy, that was it. That was him. There was no filter, it was not an act. It literally was him.”

Teaming together, Eisen had the chance to see Stuart Scott’s rise to enourmous heights in both sports and pop-culture. “It was awesome to watch,” he said. “It really was. Just to see him do his thing and be himself, an authentic self and have a front row seat to it was something to behold.”

Eisen relates a funny, behind-the-scenes, bit about Scott never letting him do a Michael Jordan highlight so that he could be the one to handle those.

“He was special, he really was,” Eisen said of his former teammate.

Griffin III added: “He meant a lot to me. Just as a guy we looked up to. You inspired us, but Stuart was us. When I got an opportunity to go pro and meet him and talk with him it meant the world to me. So much so, that when he passed, I made sure that I got a portrait made of him for his daughters, Sydni and Taelor. Just to show them that even a guy like myself who was in the NFL…was still impacted by their dad.”

In a fitting conclusion to his interview with Rich Eisen, RG3 added, “He really was cooler than the other side of the pillow and I think everybody in our community, not just the media community, but also the black community, really appreciated the flair he brought to broadcast TV.”

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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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