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Tom Brady Confirms He Will Call Next Year’s Super Bowl; Talks FOX and Greg Olsen with ‘The Pat McAfee Show’

“I’ve certainly had a unique vision and perspective of the game for 23 years, and hopefully, I just can provide some insight to the fans who love the game.”

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Tom Brady has been the most interesting man in sports media since signing his 10-year/$375 million deal with FOX in 2022. He offered a peek behind the curtain today while doing a guest spot on The Pat McAfee Show, where he discussed preparing for the role and his fellow FOX colleague Greg Olsen.

During his Tuesday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Brady discussed his new brand merger, his football playing career, and his post-retirement life. He also snuck in a little bit of sports media news while doing so — confirming that next year, he will indeed call the Super Bowl for FOX:

Brady then delved deeper into his preparation for his upcoming broadcasting job, crediting others in the field who have helped him improve his skills, saying he could even “write a broadcasting playbook” at this point. Pat McAfee then asked the question on the minds of many sports fans — what is Tom’s relationship with Greg Olsen, the man he’ll replace in September in the FOX Booth?

“Greg’s done an incredible job, I have so much respect for him,” Brady said. “How he approaches his job, he’s super prepared in what he does. I think he does an incredible job every time he’s on, I love listening to him.”

Olsen has been popular among sports media pundits and fans alike, with many praising him for his performance during the recent NFC Championship game between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. Some expect Olsen to leave FOX entirely for another network, potentially CBS to replace Tony Romo.

McAfee asked Brady about finding motivation in doubters questioning his move to the booth, comparing it to fellow GOAT Michael Jordan finding motivation in compliments from an opposing coach to win the NBA Finals. Brady understands that there will always be skepticism surrounding people trying new things but says he’s doing his part to be the best broadcaster he can.

“Naturally, there’s skepticism with a lot of different things when you try new areas of growth,” Brady said. “I don’t think naturally I’m going to go in on Day One and have everything figured out, a lot like when I was a rookie in football I’m going to be a rookie on FOX. Fortunately, I’ve got a lot of great teammates who have really embraced me and have opened their arms to help me learn and understand and help me learn exactly what I’m responsible for.”

Brady also said that his year away from football and the booth has been helpful. “I’ve gone out and tried to have my own personality and take on it,” Brady continued. “I think there’s definitely been some improvement over the course of this offseason of broadcasting that I’ve taken off just because I wanted a chance to really dig my feet in and understand exactly how to get good at this as fast as I can, but at the same time, the broadcaster I’m going to be five years from now is going to be hopefully more improved than the one that starts on Day One. I’m going to go in there with the opportunity to start and learn and I’m sure by the end of the year I’ll feel more comfortable.”

For now, Brady isn’t trying to be Olsen or anyone else — just himself. “I’m just going to do the best I can do with my own perspective,” Brady said. “I’ve certainly had a unique vision and perspective of the game for 23 years, and hopefully, I just can provide some insight to all the viewers and fans who love the game and love the sport.”

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The Sports Media Industry Remembers ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen

“Upon learning of Mortensen’s passing, members of the sports media industry flocked to social media to remember the ESPN legend.”

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ESPN has lost a legend. Longtime NFL insider Chris Mortensen passed away Sunday morning at the age of 72. Mortensen spent more than three decades working for the worldwide leader in sports. The news of his passing was first made public by ESPN PR.

Affectionally referred to by his colleagues as ‘Mort’, Chris Mortensen contributed to ESPN’s NFL programs, SportsCenter and was the network’s top news breaker for years. He earned the Pro Football Writers of America’s Dick McCann Award in 2016, receiving his honor at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony in August of that same year. It was also the same year when Mortensen broke the news of Peyton Manning retiring from the NFL.

Unfortunately, 2016 was also the year when it was revealed that Mortensen was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer.

“Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-working teammate,” ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement. “He covered the NFL with extraordinary skill and passion, and was at the top of his field for decades. He will truly be missed by colleagues and fans, and our hearts and thoughts are with his loved ones.”

In 2023, Mortensen stepped away from his role at ESPN to focus on his health, family and faith. Prior to joining ESPN he wrote for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering the Falcons, Braves and the NFL He was also a columnist for The Sporting News and a consultant with CBS Sports’ ‘NFL Today’.

Chris Mortensen is survived by his wife, Micki, and son, Alex. Upon learning of his passing, members of the sports media industry flocked to social media to remember the ESPN legend.

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Struggles Continue for ‘Undisputed’ On FS1

According to Sports Media Watch, the Feb. 27 edition of the program had 50,000 viewers, the lowest in the show’s history.

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It’s been raining and pouring for Undisputed over the last few months — and February saw an all-time low for the long-running Skip Bayless vehicle. According to Sports Media Watch, the Feb. 27 edition of the program had 50,000 viewers, the lowest in the show’s history.

Among the shows that defeated Undisputed head-to-head were a re-air of Get Up on ESPN2 and first-round Dubai Open tennis on The Tennis Channel, according to Sports Media Watch.

Undisputed has been in dire straits for months. According to figures provided by USTVDB, the show passed 200,000 viewers just twice since August — the Monday, Sep. 4 edition that featured new co-hosts Michael Irvin, Keyshawn Johnson, and Richard Sherman and took place after the University of Colorado’s win over TCU, and the Monday, Jan. 15 edition following another Dallas Cowboys playoff loss, this time a blowout at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. Its viewers were likely there to revel in Bayless’ misery as a vocal Cowboys fan. For perspective, First Take enjoyed its most-watched episode ever on Jan. 15 with an average of 1.5 million viewers.

The show routinely averaged near or over 200,000 viewers but saw a sudden decline once co-host Shannon Sharpe left the show following last year’s NBA Finals. Sharpe then joined First Take, which saw its most-watched year ever in 2023, averaging almost 500,000 viewers per episode, and hasn’t slowed down at all.

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Minnesota Twins Add Former Outfielder Denard Span to Rotating Group of Analysts

Span played 11 years in the major leagues, started his career with the Twins, and will now join the Bally Sports North rotation of analysts for Twins games.

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Minnesota Twins broadcaster Bally Sports North is adding another baseball alumnus to its airwaves. According to The Athletic’s Twins beat reporter Aaron Gleeman, Denard Span will join the Bally Sports North rotation of analysts for the 2024 MLB season.

Span played 11 years in the major leagues and started his career with the Twins. After five years in Minnesota, he left for the Nationals, where he had perhaps his best statistical season in 2014. He went on to play for the Giants, Rays, and Mariners before retiring after the 2018 season.

Bally Sports North’s analysis desk includes Hall of Famer Justin Morneau, former World Series champ Roy Smalley, along with former Twins LaTroy Hawkins, Glen Perkins, and Trevor Plouffe. The analysts will call games alongside play-by-play man Cory Provus, who will move from radio to television full-time this season. The guys will be joined by Audra Martin and Katie Storm, who will provide on-field reporting.

According to KTTC, Provus is a three-time winner of Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association and before joining the Twins, spent three seasons in Milwaukee where he did play-by-play with Hall of Famer Bob Uecker.

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