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Nate Burleson: I Didn’t Want CBS To Treat Me Like a Sports Guy

“I said look, I don’t want the glamour assignments. I want you to send me into the thick of it.”

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When celebrities go out to places where they are easily recognizable, they want to be treated as if they were just a regular person. Well, that was the case for Nate Burleson as well when he started at CBS This Morning in September. 

On the latest edition of the 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt podcast, Burleson talked about his first week and some of the heavy stories he had to cover such as the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, Hurricane Ida, and the 20-year remembrance of 9/11. He appreciated that the crew at CBS This Morning put him on the impactful stories right out of the gate and didn’t treat him as someone just coming from a sports background.

“They didn’t have me start off by saying hey what’s up man, I’m Nate, and we are over here in Times Square. That wasn’t it. They were like we hired him for a reason, we know how intelligent he is, let’s give him the same assignments we give everyone else. If he is coming in talking about topics that aren’t impactful, then why is he here? That week one was a good start,” said Burleson. 

Nate Burleson mentioned that when he was in the pitch meetings with CBS, he wanted to be on the serious stories and eventually, he wants to get those opportunities to go to some “really gritty places” and “experience unique food and cultures.” 

“One of the things we talked about when we had our pitch meeting was all of the things I am interested in. I said look, I don’t want the glamour assignments. I want you to send me into the thick of it. So, hopefully, I get to experience that when I am on assignment doing pieces, features, and essays for CBS Mornings.”

When Burleson isn’t on CBS This Morning, he is previewing games on Sunday on The NFL Today. He says that he sees the DNA of another successful pregame show in their own.

“If you like NBA on TNT, you would most likely like our show. The reason I say that is because you see Chuck and Shaq go at it and they bicker all show long, that’s the same exact thing that Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason do. Not just on the show, but be a fly on the wall during the commercial break. There is this atmosphere of a true locker room even though we are all from different eras, we all sit there and rib each other like we played together.” 

With the way Nate Burleson can have fun talking about football or being serious when talking about the news, he is becoming one of the more versatile people in the industry and he is happy to be given the chance to not be seen as just the ex-NFL athlete. 

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College GameDay Honors Chris “The Bear” Fallica Before Departure

“The growth and the development of this show and so many other projects behind the scenes, Chris, that’s really your legacy more than what you do on this set in my view.”

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Chris “The Bear” Fallica saw his final College GameDay appearance and it didn’t go without a special send-off by the show and hosts.

On Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a short retrospective on Fallica’s time on GameDay was played before Fallica joined the show hosts who had a chance to quickly reminisce and send along their well wishes.

“This show’s gonna miss you, the network’s gonna miss you,” said Chris Fowler.

“Bear, man, you’ve been everything to all of us for so many years,” Kirk Herbstreit added. “We really appreciate everything you’ve done for us.”

“You’ve been a great help to me personally,” Desmond Howard said. “Your research is impeccable, I’m gonna miss you Bear.”

Fowler made it a point to note that The Bear’s reach at the worldwide leader didn’t just stay exclusively with GameDay.

“If you’ve enjoyed College GameDay or anything else at ESPN, you have to understand that way before this guy was on the air making picks, his contribution to the improvement, the growth and the development of this show and so many other projects behind the scenes, Chris, that’s really your legacy more than what you do on this set in my view,” Fowler said.

Pat McAfee, the newest addition to GameDay this season, said Fallica’s betting picks proved to be greatly successful for himself and those that work on his YouTube show.

“My office and I have always been a massive fan of yours,” McAfee said. “You’ve made us money, OK. In the highlight I saw Fowler say ‘Bear all we want is for you to make people money.’ We’re the people that you’ve made money for. So we appreciate the hell outta you, and your big brain is a weapon everywhere you go.”

Fallica and Herbstreit, who both started at ESPN in 1996, couldn’t help but share how Lee Corso was the one to give Fallica the bear moniker.

“He walked by us and goes to Chris, ‘Look at you. You’re eating again? You’re like a bear. All you do is you eat, you take a nap, and you take a…And you do it all over again!'” Herbstreit said.

Fallica is moving on to FOX, where he’ll presumably become a featured personality on their college football pregame show Big Noon Kickoff.

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Pat Tabler Won’t Return to Blue Jays Broadcast Booth

“I hope that I have represented you with the class and dignity that you deserve. It was a great run, but all good things have to come to an end.”

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Buck Martinez will have a new partner in the Sportsnet broadcast booth for Toronto Blue Jays games in 2023. Longtime color commentator and former Blue Jay Pat Tabler is exiting his role after 17 seasons behind the microphone.

Sportsnet announced the news on Twitter last week, saying Tabler “endeared himself to Canadian viewers for more than three decades by bringing his love and passion for the game of baseball to every broadcast. Whether due to his work on the field as a player or behind the mic in the broadcast booth, Tabler will forever be synonymous with the legacy of the Toronto Blue Jays.”

Tabler released a statement of his own, which Sportsnet tweeted out later on Friday. He said being part of the Blue Jays organization was one of the great honors of his life.

“I hope that I have represented you with the class and dignity that you deserve,” Tabler wrote. “It was a great run, but all good things have to come to an end.”

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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts

“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

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FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.

“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.

“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”

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