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Jim Nantz to Jimmy Traina: “I am So Ready to Call This Game Right Now”

It’s going to be a great scene, I think it’s going to be a competitive game. I don’t want to drown people with information overload from me. I want the focus on the game.”

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CBS play-by-play voice Jim Nantz was this week’s guest on SI Media with Jimmy Traina. Nantz will call his 7th Super Bowl as the play-by-play announcer, his third with current partner Tony Romo.

“Let’s get the game here,” said Nantz. “I am so ready to call this game right now! I am ready man.” When Nantz and Traina taped the podcast, it was only Tuesday, but Nantz said he had already been having a great time which included a dinner with Brent Musburger and a special private show with David Copperfield. “This is pretty cool calling a Las Vegas Super Bowl,” Nantz added.

Traina asked Nantz what he has learned from doing previous Super Bowl about the week leading up to the game and how he handles it. “What I am learning is to pace myself on the reading,” he said. “What I have learned is to, not back off on the prep, maybe prioritize the prep a little bit less. This is a game where there definitely needs to be more air. It’s going to be a great scene, I think it’s going to be a competitive game. I don’t want to drown people with information overload from me. I want the focus on the game.”

Traina also asked Nantz about his partner, Tony Romo. While the internet and X have run wild with criticism of Romo, Nantz said he has never had a conversation about it with his partner, nor is he aware of what is being said. “I am going to use my own judgement for how the broadcasts are going,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier. I love working with Tony…Our chemistry is great. Our time together is just like it is on the air. We have a lot of laughter, a lot of fun. We see silliness, sometimes we bring that to the air. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt, that’s humor.”

Nantz was then asked by Traina if he would have any advice for Kevin Burkhardt of FOX with the situation involving Greg Olsen and Tom Brady. “He’s just got to do what he’s doing,” Nantz said. “We don’t make those decisions. He didn’t make that decision.”

Nantz said he has deep admiration for Burkhardt and reminded that Olsen knew what the plan was when he started. “Kevin’s doing his job,” he continued. “Doing what he’s being asked to do and he’s doing it well and I’m sure Greg understands that.”

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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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