First Things First is finally getting a new co-host. It was announced this morning on FS1 that six-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall is joining the show.
Although this will be his first full-time job on a national stage, Marshall is no stranger to the media world. During the 2014 season he made time to contribute to Showtime’s Inside The NFL while he was still playing for the Chicago Bears. He also worked as an analyst the following season for CBS’s coverage of Super Bowl 50.
Marshall spent 13 seasons in The NFL with seven different teams. During his career, he acknowledged that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Since retiring, he has been active in the effort to bring awareness to and raise money for mental health charities.
“Joining FS1 gives me the space and opportunity to continue to compete at a high level with a great team — just in a different venue,” Marshall said in an FOX Sports press release. “I’m excited to work with such amazing men and women to continue to develop and also talk about one of the closest things to my heart: sports.”
First Things First is hosted by Nick Wright, Jenna Wolfe, and Kevin Wildes. The show has been looking for a former player to join the cast since Cris Carter abruptly left the show in November.
Mark Jackson: ‘I Look Forward To Coaching Again’
”I look forward to the day that I am coaching again.”
It has been 7 years since Mark Jackson has been a coach in the NBA, but the former Golden State Warriors coach is still waiting on his next chance to lead an NBA team.
The ESPN analyst went on to Club Shay Shay with Shannon Sharpe yesterday to discuss why he is not coaching in the NBA currently despite having some success helping shape the modern Golden State Warriors.
”I don’t know, that’s the full answer I do not know. What I will say is that I look forward to the day that I am coaching again. It will happen, I truly believe that with everything in me.” Mark Jackson said when asked why he did not have a head coaching job.
He also added that he rests on the success that he had with the Golden State Warriors and that it speaks for itself.
Mark Jackson works alongside another former head coach, Jeff Van Gundy, as part of ESPN’s top NBA broadcast, and Jackson believes that Van Gundy also deserves a shot at another coaching job and has been vocal it in past interviews.
“I know if I was hiring, without a doubt Jeff Van Gundy would be my hire. He’s a brilliant basketball mind, an incredible basketball coach. I’m speaking of a guy that sat in a chair and watched him lead a team as my head coach”.
Van Gundy however, has not been as eager to jump back into coaching like Jackson.
ESPN Passing On In Game Ads For Sportsbook Licensing Deal
”What they’ve been leaving on the table is chump change.”
While ESPN is looking aggressively for a licensing deal with a sportsbook, they are certainly playing the slow game on in-game advertisements.
The NFL’s sportsbook partners have already spent $50.7 million on in-game advertising since the beginning of the NFL season on September 9th.
Among those cashing in have been ESPN’s competitors CBS, Fox, and NBC while ESPN has been slow to jump into the action.
According to the commercial-tracking service iSpot.tv, the three broadcast networks have all but maxed out on gambling spots, with each booking the league-mandated maximum of six sportsbook ads per game.
“They’re shopping around for a licensing deal that could bring in as much as $3 billion, so what they’ve been leaving on the table is chump change.” one TV sales vet said of ESPN.
“They don’t want to put themselves in a situation where they have one sportsbook buying a lot of time on Monday night, only to get the exclusive marketing deal done with another book and suddenly face a conflict of interest.” he added.
With a looming licensing deal on the horizon, it seems that ESPN is waiting for said deal to make in-game advertisements come from one sole partner.
In-game advertising is just at the tip of the iceberg, and ESPN is waiting on the big money. Sports gambling is still only the sixth-biggest ad category so it appears that ESPN is choosing to go with the more commonly known ad categories until they get the big deal that they are looking for from sportsbooks.
Stephen A. Smith Admits He Didn’t Want Covid 19 Vaccine
”A lot of us didn’t want to take it, I didn’t want to take it.”
Stephen A. Smith had plenty to say about Kyrie Irving and the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday. On Stephen A. Smith’s show Stephen A’s World, he made his stance very clear on what teams should do with players who do not want to get the vaccine.
I said it last week about Andrew Wiggins and Golden State in regards to the vaccine, so I will say it again about Kyrie Irving, TRADE HIM!” said Stephen A Smith.
”If he isn’t going to take the vaccine and be able to play half of your home games, trade him.How can you commit to any player, even one as magnificent and brilliant as Kyrie Irving if he is going to miss half of your games.” added Smith.
Stephen A added that he actually did not want to take the vaccine either, but he did so in order to keep working.
”A lot of us didn’t want to take it, I didn’t want to take it. But you gotta do what you gotta do, sacrifices yall, sacrifices.” said Smith.
Disney made the decision in late July to mandate that all employees will be vaccinated, including 4,000 employees at ESPN.
It appears that their mandate mostly went over pretty well at the company, although Allison Williams, a sideline reporter at ESPN did decide to step down this month due to the mandate at the company.
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