ESPN will release a ten-part Derek Jeter documentary series later this year. It is something plenty of baseball fans are looking forward to. If you followed Jeter’s career in the 90s and early 2000s though, it is very possible you have some reservations, given how polished Jeter was with the media and how little he was willing to say about his personal life.
That personal life will have to show up though, and it is the only part of Jeter’s life and career Bomani Jones is interested in.
“The dude was a rookie and he stopped calling Mariah Carey,” Jones said on his ESPN podcast The Right Time last week.
The list of famous ex-girlfriends is long for Derek Jeter. Before the former Yankee captain married SI Swimsuit model Hannah Davis, he dated Carey, Miss Universe Lara Dutta, Jessica Biel, Vida Guerra, and Minka Kelly to name a few.
“The list is mean and you don’t see none of them in no pictures with them. You found out about all of them after the fact!’” Jones said.
NFL analyst Domonique Foxworth, who joins Jones on his show every Friday, called it “a hall of fame career within a hall of fame career.”
Foxworth said that the documentary will have to address the urban legend that Derek Jeter had gift baskets made for every woman he brought back to his home. They supposedly included an autographed baseball. He noted that if ESPN won’t talk about it, it is something Jones should address on a future episode of his HBO show Game Theory.
Jones says he would do it if the documentary doesn’t cover Jeter’s dating life. He added that jokes aside, it is an important part of building the legend of Derek Jeter in the media.
“I feel like they’re using Jeter as a proxy for that entire Yankees run and that would make sense,” Bomani Jones said of the documentary project, “but you cannot do a Derek Jeter documentary, whether you like it or not, you can’t do it without talking about the women. That is a significant part of the legend. That’s a big part about why we’re around here talking about him at all.”
Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX
“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”
FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.
A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.
The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.
Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.
That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.
Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.
FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”
The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.
Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.
Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”
Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.
“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.
FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.
NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC
“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”
ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.
ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.
This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.
Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.
“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”
ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.