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Joy Taylor Explains Working With Each Of Her FS1 Co-Stars

“On this week’s edition of the All The Smoke podcast with NBA veterans Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Taylor was the guest and talked about her career journey. The FS1 host said that being able to do shows on-the road with Skip Baylees and Shannon Sharpe helped her develop in the business as she went from working at 790 AM The Ticket In Miami to where she is today.”

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Since 2016, one of the faces that viewers have seen on FS1 as part of the morning/early afternoon lineup has been on Joy Taylor. During these last five years, she has been the moderator of Skip and Shannon: Undisputed and been a part of The HERD with Colin Cowherd. 

On this week’s edition of the All The Smoke podcast with NBA veterans Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Taylor was the guest and talked about her career journey. The FS1 host said that being able to do shows on-the road with Skip Baylees and Shannon Sharpe helped her develop in the business as she went from working at 790 AM The Ticket In Miami to where she is today.

“FOX has been great. It’s been a huge platform for me,” said Taylor. “I hadn’t done live national television. Working with Skip and Shannon was unbelievable. If you know Skip and Shannon, you know that’s an intense show to do.”  

She understands that people think the opinions that Bayless and Sharpe give aren’t real takes, but that’s far from the truth and yes, they can agree on things.

“It’s just a well-produced show. They do topics they agree on sometimes because they have to do the topic, but they are going to come from their angle and that’s what makes the debate. It’s a question and then they naturally have other opinions.” 

While she enjoyed working with Bayless and Sharpe, Taylor told Barnes and Jackson that she originally wanted to be an opinionist when she went to FS1. Taylor did do some fill-in work for Kristine Leahy while Leahy was Colin Cowherd’s sidekick, and when Leahy left The HERD, Taylor was able to fill in and make an easy transition to the show. 

Taylor revealed on the podcast that she doesn’t deem a show to be successful solely on the ratings because she doesn’t worry about that. Instead, it’s all about the conversation that her and Cowherd have: 

“If I feel like Colin was activated, that he has thought of something different or thinks about something different than the way he thought about it before doing the show, if we had good guests and the energy is flowing, that’s a good show for me.”

The key for Cowherd to doing a successful show, according to Taylor, is that he always wants to be prepared, which is why the daily show meetings can last two hours: 

“We are going over every single topic, every single angle, all of the producers are weighing in, I’m weighing in, Colin is weighing in. It’s a completely different process to prep for the show. They are two different shows. He just preps so much. He doesn’t like having space where he is just rambling. He hates that.”

Joy Taylor called Shannon Sharpe one of the “biggest stars in sports media.” She says it is because the Hall of Fame knows not to take himself too seriously. As for Bayless, Taylor thinks that people don’t have a good understanding of who he is. 

“A lot of people think Skip is very hard and mean. He’s a passionate person, so I think he’s misunderstood. They do a show where they give their opinion. Some people are going to like your opinion, some aren’t. I’ve seen Skip on the road. Don’t get it twisted. People love Skip and Skip loves the people. Skip is going to stand there after every show, shake everybody’s hand, take a picture with whoever is there, talk to them for as long as they want to talk to him. He understands the importance of people giving their time to us to watch the show.” 

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LIV Golf Nearing TV Deal With The CW Network

“LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.”

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According to a report from Front Office Sports, LIV Golf has laid out a deal with The CW Network for television carriage in the United States.

The deal is a multi-year agreement that will see the tour own real estate in lesser-viewed time slots on the network. A revenue-sharing relationship between the tour and the television network is expected to be struck.

LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.

After a standup comedy show in West Palm Beach last week, Feherty reportedly told the crowd “Have you heard of CW? I might get fired for this, but…,” according to report from Tom D’Angelo of The Palm Beach Post.

Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand had previously reported a deal between the Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour and the network was likely.

Nexstar Media Group — the nation’s largest television owner — is the majority owner of The CW Network. There are around 220 affiliates of the network on over-the-air television stations. Rumors of an acquisition of LIV Golf’s rights come on the heels of The CW Network being linked to the potential launch of a college football bowl game that would air exclusively on the network.

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Stephen A. Smith: ‘I Don’t Feel Obligated To Agree With Black Community’

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Stephen A. Smith is out promoting his new memoir Straight Shooter. He recently sat down for a conversation with Men’s Health magazine.

Interviewer Rachel Epstein covers a wide variety of topics with Smith. Some are about what can be found in the book. Some are about the First Take star’s public perception.

She asked how Smith balances the responsibility of representing the Black community with his brand. On ESPN, Smith is known for being unique and unapologetic for his sometimes over-the-top persona.

“Number one by being fair,” he said. “By trying to gather as much information and educate myself on issues as much as I possibly can.”

He added that he has never felt pressure to think a certain way or say a certain thing. Even if pressure existed, he prides himself on not giving in to it.

“I never feel an obligation to agree with my community. I believe we all have a right to think the way we want to think. But I do feel a responsibility to make sure that the perspective emanating from my community is heard, even if I disagree.”

Stephen A. Smith is one of the highest-paid and most visible employees at ESPN. He said that a certain responsibility comes along with that status. He wants the Black community to know that even if he doesn’t agree, he will make sure people know what he is hearing when he is on TV talking about an important subject.

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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