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Trevor Immelman Joining Jim Nantz At NFL Games to Build Chemistry

“I’m going to go join him at a couple of NFL games this fall and just spend some time with him so we can know each other more and try and create that chemistry.”

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When CBS is back on golf coverage in January 2023 with the Farmers Insurance Open, a new lead analyst will be in the booth with Jim Nantz as 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman takes the seat previously filled by Sir Nick Faldo (retired). Immelman and Nantz have worked together on the CBS broadcast before, but this will be a new role.

Immelman was a guest on the latest episode of the GOLF’s Subpar podcast and he mentioned that he is trying to speak with Nantz more and will even get together with him at a couple of NFL games this year to get to know each other better.

“Him [Nantz] and I are just in the process of trying to speak to each other more and more and spend more time with each other. I’m going to go join him at a couple of NFL games this fall and just spend some time with him so we can know each other more and try and create that chemistry to where when people see us, they are having a good time and looking forward to watching PGA Tour golf on TV.”

When a new broadcast duo is former, usually you will hear about the two people doing a broadcast of an old game or match together to work out the kinks. Since Immelman and Nantz already have worked together, Immelman did not feel that that needed to happen. Instead, it’s building chemistry that’s important to him.

“At this point, we don’t really have anything planned like that. We both understand the ins and outs of it. I think it will be more about spending time together, understanding how each person talks, what ideas are, the timing of the way you speak so people aren’t stepping on each other. It’s a bit more of the chemistry aspect that I think is important.”

Even when Immelman heard that Faldo was going to retire, being the lead analyst on CBS’s golf coverage wasn’t on the forefront of his mind due to being busy with TV and being the captain of the International side in the upcoming Presidents Cup. Now that he has the role, it hasn’t yet kicked in that he will be in the 18th hole tower with Nantz next year.

“I can’t say it was really on my radar. Incredibly humbled by that. It’s a spot that’s only been held by 4 people before me. Maybe it hasn’t really sunk in yet to be honest. It feels good when I think about it.”

Since getting into TV at the Golf Channel in 2016, Immelman has learned that the role is harder than it appeared while he was a player, but he is not afraid to be critical about the players even though he got to play with a lot of them while he was on the PGA Tour.

“I’m not too worried about that and I haven’t been over the past few years. I’m a pretty honest person…That’s my strategy. If there is something there that I see I don’t like or I don’t agree with, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m right. I’m never going to be personal in any way. If I see them doing something wrong with their swing or strategy, then you really have to go ahead and call them out…You have to be authentic and you have to be real. If guys get upset about it, it’s just the way it is.”

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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