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Keyshawn Johnson Calls Tony Romo A Diva

On First Take, Keyshawn called the former Cowboys QB ”One of the most diva-ish dudes I’ve ever been around (At QB)”.

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Keyshawn Johnson is once again taking shots at former teammate Tony Romo. Keyshawn was on ESPN’s new look First Take as a guest, arguing with Stephen A. Smith that receivers are criticized for doing things that the media dismisses as normal when done by quarterbacks.

On First Take, Keyshawn called the former Cowboys QB and current CBS analyst ”One of the most diva-ish dudes I’ve ever been around”.

Johnson pointed out that at the time they were teammates, Romo wasn’t even the starting quarterback, and that he may have even been on the practice squad.

Keyshawn Johnson, who is now part of ESPN Radio’s morning show, played two of his final years in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, getting to know Romo during his time there.

This is not the first time that Johnson has bashed Tony Romo.

”The quarterback Tony Romo is a problem for me,” he said in 2010. “You look at his fourth quarters. There is always something bad happening in the fourth quarter of tight games. What game can you remember him actually pulling out late in the fourth quarter”.

This appears to be the first time that Johnson has had anything to say on the character of Romo, as he had previously kept his criticism professional before this.

It is hard to think Romo will return fire. Keyshawn Johnson is a debater and on talk shows. Romo’s media platform is one that requires less opinion and more objectivity, calling games for CBS alongside Jim Nantz.

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Matthew Berry Joins NBC Sports

Berry is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show.

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Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry, the fantasy football expert that helped to elevate the niche to mainstay programming surrounding the football season, is joining NBC Sports.

Berry, who left ESPN less than a month ago, is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show, sources told The New York Post. The show might go against Fantasy Football Now, his previous show that airs on ESPN2.

The show is also expected to be on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, as well as possibly on some NBC affiliates. Berry could also make appearances on Sunday Night Football.

NBC Sports declined comment.

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NBC Pushing for Big Ten/NFL Primetime Pairing in Media Rights Deal

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

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Big Ten media rights negotiations are getting closer to being completed. The results could mean a minimum of $1.25 billion annual distribution for the conference’s soon-to-be sixteen members. One of the bidders in the process, NBC, has an interesting idea to make the Big Ten the “NFL of college football conferences.”

NBC has reportedly pushed the idea of combining Big Ten broadcasts with its existing Notre Dame coverage and would feature the Big Ten in its primetime window. With CBS, ESPN/ABC also bidding on coverage packages, such a series of deals would make the Big Ten the only college football conference that would be seen across all of the American broadcast networks. Something only few entities have done, like the NFL.

NBC is also pushing the allure of having primetime Big Ten football on Saturday night and primetime coverage of Sunday’s only NFL evening game with Sunday Night Football.

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

The Big Ten’s current media rights deals expire after the 2023 season.

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ESPN’s College GameDay Adds Peloton Instructor and Sports Reporter Jess Sims

ESPN has announced the newest member of the College GameDay show for this football season and it’s Jess Sims.

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ESPN has announced the newest member of the College GameDay show for this football season and it’s Jess Sims.

Sims is a very popular Peloton instructor and a sports reporter. According to ESPN, Sims will be joining the show weekly with Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. The show is entering it’s 36th season.

Sims played college basketball at Liberty College, then worked with the WNBA’s New York Liberty as an in-arena host and sideline reporter for the last two seasons.

“Jess is a rising star who exudes personality and energy.  We’re looking forward to her adding to the excitement surrounding College GameDay each week throughout the season – both during the show and as we engage with students and fans on every campus we visit” said Lee Fitting, ESPN senior vice president, production.

“I am so excited to join the GameDay crew because the show not only celebrates all of the on-field action, but also highlights the passionate communities that surround the games,” said Sims. “This is such a great opportunity to get back to my roots in college sports and I can’t wait to meet incredible athletes and fans and explore these campuses and cities that eat, sleep and breathe their hometown teams.”

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