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Kirk Herbstreit “Staying Organized” As Schedule Ramps Up

“I think it’s trying to be able to keep things organized. I’m calm this week. I’m looking forward to working with Al and the crew for our first game on Thursday.”

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It would be considered an understatement to say that Kirk Herbstreit is one of the busiest people in the sports media industry. That holds true this week. On Thursday, he will be on the call with Al Michaels for Chargers-Chiefs on the first game for Amazon Prime Video. Then, his college duties come in with College GameDay at one location and the game he is broadcasting (Miami-Texas A&M) with Chris Fowler on ESPN Saturday night.  

 Herbstreit and Michaels were on the The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast and Herbstreit said the key for him to having a successful week on all three broadcasts is to stay organized.

“I think it’s trying to be able to keep things organized. I’m calm this week. I’m looking forward to working with Al and the crew for our first game on Thursday. While I’m preparing for that, I’ve got to find some time because I’ve got Mario Cristobal and Jimbo Fisher (Miami going to Kyle Field and College Station). It’s not like I can start on Friday getting ready for that game.”

This week, College GameDay is in Boone, North Carolina for Troy-Appalachian State due to Appalachian State upsetting Texas A&M last week. Herbstreit thinks having GameDay at a place where it normally does not happen isn’t a bad thing.

“I’ve got to mix in a 3-hour College GameDay in Boone, NC because Appalachian State has become a unique story. This is an interesting week. Of all the weeks, sometimes we do these GameDay’s where they are a little bit off the beaten path. What better way than a wild card week to get me started.”

“I’m going to stay organized. I have a sickness of loving what I do. It sounds like a lot, but I’m going to manage it and look forward to the challenge.”

As Michaels and Herbstreit prepare to call their first regular season game together, Herbstreit said that he didn’t know what to expect when he first met Michaels, but chemistry in the booth for them has been easy so far after one preseason game:  

“Al’s very welcoming. I didn’t know what to expect. Like everybody else, I watched Al. If we weren’t doing broadcasting and we just met, he’s a great person. He’s a very easy guy to talk with and I think when you have that innately, then when you do hang around each other, it allows you then to just be able to carry that over into the booth and now you just happen to talk about a football game for 3-4 hours.”

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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LaVar Arrington, ‘Up On Game Presents’ Forges Multiplatform Deal With John Brenkus, Brinx.TV

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

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Fox Sports Radio morning co-host LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform deal with creator and host of Sport Science John Brenkus and Brinx.TV.

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV,” said Arrington. “This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry.”

“LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field,” adds Brenkus. “By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV’s distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success.”

Up On Game Presents is the podcast platform Arrington curates, in conjunction with Fox Sports Radio. The Up On Game podcast features Arrington and former NFL Pro Bowl wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress.

Brinx.TV was created in February of 2021 and allows subscribers the ability to watch live programming while also make purchases, bid in auctions, buy NFTs, and answer trivia questions.

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