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Charissa Thompson Learned To Interview By Waiting Tables

“I have to establish a connection where it’s like ‘hi, I’m Charissa, I’ll be taking care of you’.”

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When trying to breakthrough in the sports media industry, you never know what tools from past jobs can help you succeed. For the host of FOX NFL Kickoff, Charissa Thompson, the key to being able to interview any personality came from working in a different field. 

Thompson was a guest on the 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt Podcast and she said that the reason she is able to do good interviews is because of her work in doing every service industry job possible. It helped her read people

“For me, it all comes down to greeting a table that you are waiting. I have to establish a connection where it’s like ‘hi, I’m Charissa, I’ll be taking care of you’…For me, it’s sort of reading people. If the interview subject is standoffish, I immediately go you don’t like interviews, don’t you? I’m already going to say what that person is thinking. For me, it’s about reading people and what they want.”

Brandt did ask Thompson about something she feels she does really well in her current job.

“I think I do a good job of putting people at ease in interviews,” Charissa Thompson answered. “If I’ve never met them before, I would like to believe that they get comfortable pretty quickly having a conversation with me because there’s that very short amount of time. I learned this in entertainment that on a red carpet and you got the publicist saying you’ve got 2 questions, let’s go. You have to immediately try to establish rapport with someone and do it authentically. I like to believe that’s a gift I have.”

When Thompson isn’t hosting FOX NFL Kickoff, she is co-hosting the Calm Down with Erin and Charissa podcast with Erin Andrews. In fact, Andrews was one of the first people to greet Thompson when she arrived at ESPN.

“She gave me a big hug and she was like I’m here for you and it was just the beginning of a long friendship…She’s like a sister to me and all the ups and down through marriage, divorce, trying to have kids, and all the other things in between and this crazy profession where it feels great to have a girl friend that knows exactly what you’re talking about.” 

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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