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PGA Tour To Launch International Events To Compete With New Saudi Tour

The PGA Tour creating events overseas opens a whole bunch of potential options for the tour in the future.

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It appears that the PGA Tour is attempting anything they can to become a bigger draw overseas. The PGA is reportedly creating a series of international tournaments that offer guaranteed money in an effort to push back against a proposed Saudi-backed rival league.

The plan for the tour is to host four to six events across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Field sizes for the tournaments would be around 50 to 60 competitors, and they would run in conjunction to existing PGA Tour events.

These tournaments could be for a number of different reasons. First, is to directly compete with LIV Golf Investments, a firm owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund that owns the Asian Tour and has recently made big investments into it and has tried to lure top golfers with a big eight-figure bonus.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan threatened an immediate ban and lifetime suspension for players who joined the league.

Secondly, the PGA Tour could be attempting to create some buzz for a future international media deal. This is not out of the ordinary for the tour, as Discovery invested heavily in Golf purchasing the international broadcasting rights to the tour as well as launching GolfTV.

Discovery also partnered with Tiger Woods in the past who did some European-based match play events.

The PGA Tour commissioner has been working behind the scenes to reward top golfers on the tour who are drawing for the sport. In April, Golfweek revealed the existence of an unannounced $40 million Player Impact Program, which will award bonuses to PGA Tour members deemed to most move the needle in terms of fan engagement.

The PGA Tour creating events overseas opens a whole bunch of potential options for the tour in the future and can help the buzz of the sport reach a more global status.

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LaVar Arrington Adds New Show to Podcast Feed – ‘Under Appreciated with Flash Garments’

Under Appreciated with Flash Garments is a show that will feature conversations with insiders from sports, entertainment, music, fashion, film and more.

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FOX Sports Radio’s LaVar Arrington has announced the addition of a new podcast to his podcast feed Up on Game Presents. The new podcast, called Under Appreciated with Flash Garments, debuts on Friday, August 5.

Under Appreciated with Flash Garments is a show that will feature conversations with insiders from sports, entertainment, music, fashion, film and more. The show’s primary goal is to shine light on those in their respective industries that deserve to be seen.

Under Appreciated promises to be something fresh and unlike any show or podcast you’ve ever heard – it will be the definition of exclusive,” shared Flash Garments. “I want to thank LaVar for inviting me to join the incredibly diverse and entertaining Up On Game Presents lineup.”

“We’re super excited to have Flash Garments join the Up On Game Presents lineup with the launch of his Under Appreciated podcast,” said Arrington. “Flash knows everybody, is very well respected, and has a lot to say! I think listeners will really enjoy this inspiring and enlightening program, and we look forward to sharing it with our audience every Friday!”

The podcast is produced in partnership with FOX Sports Radio, where Arrington co-hosts the network’s weekday morning program Two Pros and a Cup of Joe with Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox. New episodes will be available on Fridays.

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Jimmy Johnson to Dan Le Batard: ‘Do You Ever Remember Me ‘Sniveling?’

Johnson also said, “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”

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Jimmy Johnson doesn’t seem to be too worried that he isn’t in the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring Of Honor. He actually is more confused about the word choice that Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones used to describe him.

Jones was interviewed earlier this week by NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs, and was asked about the timeline for honoring the team’s former coach. Jones replied snarkily with, “There’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here.”

Jones then added, “I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on the field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well… it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.”

Dan Le Batard had the FOX NFL Sunday analyst on his podcast and read the entire quote to Johnson. When finished, Johnson responded thru his laughter, “I had to look up that word in the dictionary,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said, “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”

Le Batard responded, “it is not a word I would ever associate with you.”

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Taylor Rooks Hired by Amazon as Thursday Night Football Feature Reporter

Rooks will host feature stories surrounding the league and its Thursday games as well as conduct sit-down style interviews with NFL players and coaches throughout the season.

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Amazon has confirmed that Taylor Rooks has been brought on as a feature reporter for their Thursday Night Football streaming package of NFL games.

Rooks will host feature stories surrounding the league and its Thursday games as well as conduct sit-down style interviews with NFL players and coaches throughout the season.

“Taylor Rooks is an incredibly talented journalist, who has already established herself as one of the best interviewers in sports,” said Marie Donoghue, Vice President, Global Sports Video for Amazon. “We look forward to bringing her engaging and illuminating conversations to our Thursday Night Football coverage.”

Rooks tweeted her excitement but also added that she will not be taking a step back from her efforts with Bleacher Report and NBA on TNT.

In fact, Boardroom is reporting that she has signed a multi-year extension to stay with Turner Sports.

“Taylor is a versatile talent with an innate skill to conduct engaging, authentic and entertaining conversations with some of the biggest personalities in sports,” noted Tara August, Senior Vice President of Talent Services & Special Projects at Turner. “No matter the sport, Taylor can connect and tap into the humanity of the individual off the court or field in a way that resonates with audiences and we’re excited to watch her grow.” 

Rooks joins the streaming service’s smorgasbord of talent which includes: play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, color analyst Kirk Herbstreit, sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung, studio host Charissa Thompson and analysts Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Aqib Talib and Andrew Whitworth. 

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