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Shannon Sharpe Calls Julio Jones For Trade Update Live On FS1

Sharpe called Jones live on the show Monday morning to hear from the source.

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The crew at “Undisputed” gives reactions to sports news, but it’s not often they create news live on their show.

The FS1 competitor to ESPN’s “First Take” made waves on Monday when co-hosts Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless debated potential trade candidates for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. Sharpe has a relationship with Jones and decided to go right to the source and see if he wanted to play in Dallas.

“Man, Look, you wanna go to the Cowboys Julio, or you wanna stay in Atlanta?” Sharpe asked Jones over speakerphone on the show.

“Oh man, Nah, I’m outta there man,” Jones answered candidly.

Sharpe asked him where he’d like to play if not in Atlanta, and Jones responded, “I want to win.” The former NFL player turned commentator joked with Jones that he won’t win in Dallas, a barb towards Bayless’s favorite NFL team.

“You already know I know,” Jones said in response to being wary about Dallas. Jones was tied to Dallas over the weekend after a fan spotted him in Dallas wearing a Cowboys sweatshirt.

There has already been some blowback to the segment. Many have questioned whether or not Jones even knew he was on TV or that his responses were being made public. Laurence Holmes of 670 the Score in Chicago even suggested that Julio Jones may have grounds to file a lawsuit against FS1 and Sharpe.

It’s a new era for the Falcons, who fired Dan Quinn this past season after failing to reach the successes of their 2016 Super Bowl berth. The team hired Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to inject new life into the franchise and light a fire under Matt Ryan’s final years in the league.

Unfortunately for Falcons faithful, Jones might have been living out his final few years in an “ATL” uniform unbeknownst to them. The pandemic financial hit has come for the franchise. Years of kicking the can down the road have left them at the bottom of the league in cap space. According to Over The Cap, Atlanta has just $410,351 in cap space to use this season, 30th in the league ahead of Chicago and New Orleans.

A player of Julio Jones’s caliber rarely pops up in trade rumors, but financial constraints are why the Undisputed crew gave him a ring on Monday morning.

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Chris Fallica Leaving ESPN for FOX

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

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A prominent sports betting voice featured on ESPN’s College GameDay will be heading to rival FOX and their Big Noon Kickoff show starting in 2023. According to Awful Announcing, Chris Fallica, affectionately known as “The Bear”, will make his last appearance on GameDay will be this weekend.

Fallica has been with ESPN since 1995. Since 2013, Fallica had been featured on GameDay making betting picks with his patented “Bear’s Board”.

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

Fallica joins Tom Rinaldi as the second former GameDay voice to jump over to FOX and be featured on Big Noon Kickoff.

Both shows have experienced incredible viewership growth this season. For GameDay, there have been several weeks this season that have seen some of the largest audiences in the show’s history.

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Tim Brando Believes Executives Look For Familiarity, Not Great Voices For Announcers

“Executives are going more for people they think they audience knows from having been in the studio. As opposed to man that’s a great voice, that guy really gets it, and his judgement is fantastic.”

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Tim Brando has seen the broadcasting industry has evolved in a lot of ways through the years, but one thing that’s remained constant is how infrequently some of the announcing gigs with major networks open up to younger voices.

That’s mainly because you have veteran talent already occupying those positions with no plans for the immediate future to step aside.

On a recent edition of The Sports Talkers Podcast, FOX Sports broadcaster and host Tim Brando spoke to Stephen Strom about the reality that many broadcasters face.

“Yeah there are a lot more jobs, but there are fewer great jobs,” Brando said. “A lot of guys are getting jobs, but it’s like a dead end.”

But in terms of hiring younger talent for network jobs, he thinks it’s become more about adding faces to broadcast booths rather than voices.

“There’s a tendency I think now in our business to hire more visible and perhaps more popular talent because they’ve been in the studio,” he said. “But they’re not ready to be in the booth. Not everybody can do both well.”

Tim added that there’s a nuance to calling play-by-play versus working studio coverage. Brando said that perhaps it has a lot more to do with young broadcasters bypassing getting their start in radio and going right into TV.

“It seems to me that in some circles anyway in our business, executives are going more for people they think they audience knows from having been in the studio,” he said. “As opposed to man that’s a great voice, that guy really gets it, and his judgement is fantastic.”

Brando did mention some of the younger voices at FOX who have risen to the bigger opportunities in the booth, and how they ultimately worked their way up. He said he’s had the chance to offer advice to a few of them and act as a mentor in a way, because that’s how it was for him breaking into the industry.

“I believe in pouring into the young broadcasters out there, I really do,” he said. “Because Curt Gowdy poured into me. I think there’s a responsibility and a level of accountability for the generation before to help those that are coming up that you really respect.”

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MLB Network Airing 38 Hours of Winter Meetings Coverage

Coverage will begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. with MLB Tonight leading into the announcement of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee’s election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The annual winter meetings for MLB are set to take place in-person for the first time since 2019 next week, and MLB Network is ready to bring viewers all the coverage possible from San Diego.

The network is devoting 38 hours of live programming on-site, with shows like MLB Tonight, Hot Stove, High Heat, MLB Now and Intentional Talk emanating from the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Coverage will begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. with MLB Tonight leading into the announcement of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee’s election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fans tuning in to MLB Network can expect to see Greg Amsinger, Fran Charles, Brian Kenny, Stephen Nelson, Alanna Rizzo, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Lauren Shehadi and Matt Vasgersian hosting their respective shows throughout the week. Sean Casey, Mark DeRosa, Al Leiter, Cameron Maybin, Kevin Millar, Dan O’Dowd, Steve Phillips and Harold Reynolds will contribute coverage as analysts.

MLB Network will also carry coverage of the inaugural draft lottery from the winter meetings on Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 p.m.

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