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Emmanuel Acho Launches Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man

“As of Tuesday morning, the video has received nearly 871,000 views, over 30,000 likes, 14,000 retweets and over 1000 comments.”

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Emmanuel Acho is a rising star in the sports media and he took to Twitter Monday with a video addressing the current racial tensions in America called Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.  Acho’s tweet begins, “Dear white people, for days you’ve asked me what you can do to help. I’ve finally found an answer. Let your guard down and listen.”

In the nearly 10 minute segment that followed, Acho, a former standout linebacker at The University of Texas and current contributor to ESPN’s Morning show Get UP! (though it was announced in May that he will be leaving for FS1), addresses questions posed to him by his White friends.

“I fervently believe that if the White person is your problem, only the white person can be the solution,” Acho said. “So this is made for you my white brothers and sisters, so that you can increase your level of understanding, so you can increase your level of compassion and lead ultimately to change.”

Throughout the video, Acho addresses four questions: Why are Black People rioting instead of peaceful protests? Why does white privilege exist?, How come you can say the N-word and we can’t?, and How come Black people care more about white on Black crime than Black on Black crime?

To answer each question, Acho offers an explanation and then an example. For the issue of rioting, Acho says, “I don’t condone rioting and I’m sure you don’t either, because for the most part Black people who are looting and rioting destructively are destroying their own homes. But when you think about the five different stages of grief. You come up to one stage, anger. Sometimes emotions don’t know their actions. I remember my Mom when I was a child, she lost her sister. I just remember her yelling and screaming and throwing herself into a wall. Throwing yourself into a wall  is not going to change anything. You are actually harming yourself, but sometimes pain and hurt, it does not know how to express itself.”

Acho used similar methodology to answer the other three questions and it resonated with many people on Twitter. As of Tuesday morning, the video has received nearly 871,000 views, over 30,000 likes, 14,000 retweets and over 1000 comments. Many of those retweets came from Acho’s ESPN colleges like Jim Mora Jr. and Dan Orlovsky but they also came from Indy Car driver Pippa Mann and Kansas City Chiefs Defensive End Alex Okafor, among many others.

Acho says he hopes the video is the first of many as he looks to make Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man a recurring feature. He did not go into any detail about when the next video will be posted, but he does invite viewers to leave questions for him to answer, calling it a safe space where they can educate themselves.

“The only way we can solve this issue,” Acho concludes, “Is by exposure, education, compassion and empathy.”

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Ian Rapoport: I Have Never Thought It is Me vs Adam Schefter

“I don’t even think that, it’s just I report what I know, and he reports what he knows.”

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In terms of NFL insiders, Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter are the two biggest names out there. And sometimes it can be a race between the two to get the biggest scoops first. Especially now with the NFL coaching carousel in full swing.

This week two teams hired new head coaches – the Broncos traded two first round picks to the Saints to acquire the rights to Sean Payton and the Texans signed DeMeco Ryans.

Rapoport tweeted that Denver had pursued Ryans up until the day they announced the trade for Payton.

Not even 15 minutes later, Schefter appeared to clarify the information out there with the two teams.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Thursday, Pat McAfee referred to the conflicting information as a “source off.”

Ian said he stood behind what he put out there.

“I know it’s fun to call it a source off or whatever, but for me I reported what I had based on the best information I can get – based on talking to many, many people throughout the course of the last month,” Rapoport said from the Senior Bowl. “And then whatever happens as a result of this I don’t really mind.”

In terms of any sort of rivalry between him and Schefter, Rapoport doesn’t view it as a head-to-head matchup.

“I don’t even think that, it’s just I report what I know, and he reports what he knows,” he said. “And everyone can sort of judge for themselves whichever way to go.”

McAfee gave kudos to Rapoport for his reporting on the Ryans situation. He also said it’s a good thing Rapoport doesn’t worry himself too much about what other insiders are doing.

“I think you should feel good about it, but I do like a good source off,” McAfee said. “And I appreciate the fact that you don’t view it as you versus Schefter. But you two are at the top of the game. So that’s a compliment more so than anything.”

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AEW Considers Launching Streaming Service

“It’s possible an AEW streaming service could be independent, but many are hopeful AEW’s offerings would be available on HBO Max or Discovery+ akin to how WWE Network is now available on Peacock.”

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All Elite Wrestling is looking into launching its own streaming service.

According to reporting from Bloomberg, a source “familiar with management’s thinking” said AEW is looking to strike a deal with broadcast partner Warner Bros. Discovery.

Since launching in 2019, AEW now puts on two weekly shows on Warner channels TBS and TNT and airs two shows on YouTube.

Last year AEW acquired Ring of Honor from Sinclair Broadcast Group. As part of that deal, AEW took ownership of RoH’s extensive content library Honor Club. So much like WWE did with WWE Network when it launched in 2014, AEW could launch its streaming service and have all of Ring of Honor’s content in a one-stop shop.

It’s possible an AEW streaming service could be independent, but many are hopeful AEW’s offerings would be available on HBO Max or Discovery+ akin to how WWE Network is now available on Peacock.

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NBC Officially Unveils Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge as New Big Ten Booth

“With their collective college football experience and great enthusiasm for the game, Todd, Noah and Kathryn join a production team that can’t wait to kick off the Big Ten season.”

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It’s officially official: Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge, and Kathryn Tappen will join the Big Ten on NBC booth when the network begins airing the conference’s football package in 2023.

NBC made the announcement Thursday, after weeks of speculation about the moves.

“We are excited to showcase Big Ten Saturday Night on the NBC Sports’ primetime marquee,” said NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood. “When you hear Todd’s voice, you know it’s a big college football game. It has been that way for decades.

“Noah is one of the industry’s rising young play-by-play commentators, who has excelled calling numerous sports across multiple platforms for a wide range of audiences. We are thrilled to pair him in the booth with Todd.

“Kathryn has told the stories of so many memorable Notre Dame Football moments over the last decade in her on-field reporting and interviews,” Flood continued. “With their collective college football experience and great enthusiasm for the game, Todd, Noah and Kathryn join a production team that can’t wait to kick off the Big Ten season.”

Blackledge joins NBC after working as a college football analyst for the network for the past 17 seasons. Previously, he was the an analyst for CBS and ABC, making 2023 his 30th consecutive season covering college football as an analyst.

Eagle is the son of broadcasting legend Ian Eagle, and currently serves as the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers. He comes to NBC after calling college football games for FOX Sports in 2022.

Tappen has spent the past nine seasons working NBC’s college football coverage with Notre Dame. Eight of those nine seasons were spent as the network’s sideline reporter before anchoring the studio coverage from South Bend in 2022.

2023 will mark the beginning of a seven-year contract for NBC to air Big Ten football games in primetime. The move is one of the biggest notable expansions in the college football arena for the network since its partnership with Notre Dame began in 1991.

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