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Richard Sherman: NFL Media Members Don’t Really Know Players

“There are media members that go over and beyond to get to know guys and try to get to have that relationship. There aren’t a lot of them.”

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Richard Sherman is in his first year as an analyst for Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video and even though he is no longer a player, he does think the media can try to do a couple of things better in order to have a better relationship with the players.

Sherman was a guest on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on Tuesday as one of the owners of the Fan Controlled Football League. Le Batard asked him what the media gets wrong about trying to have a cordial relationship with an athlete that can allow the athlete to be themselves.

“They are under the impression that they know the guys. I think that’s the biggest difference. You don’t know the guys. Unless you try and make a conscious effort to get to know them, you won’t know them. Asking them personal questions or expecting depth or brevity from them is a long shot. There are media members that go over and beyond to get to know guys and try to get to have that relationship. There aren’t a lot of them.”

Two of the topics that Sherman thinks the media understands the least about life as a NFL player is the discipline that it takes and to overcome injuries.

“I think the discipline is the part most people don’t really understand. They don’t understand the discipline that it takes to be at this level and consistently push through. It takes a lot to stay at it and stay disciplined, work out year-round, keep your body in shape, train yourself. It’s about the days you don’t feel like doing anything and you got to do it anyway….You have to say no and you have to say that a thousand times in your career. That’s the part that’s the hardest for people to understand because they don’t see that.

“Overcoming injuries is a part that people don’t understand. People are like oh, ACL, man he’s out 6 months. We’re not going to have him till next year then he is out of sight, out of mind for most fans. In reality, that guy goes through a ton mentally just trying to figure out if he’s ever going to be the same….You see the cool stories when guys come back and they are able to play like they played before and you don’t hear about the guys coming back.”

Le Batard and Sherman also re-visited Sherman’s interview with Erin Andrews after the NFC Championship win over the 49ers in 2014 that made him well-known from a national level. 

“That was definitely the moment that changed for me. It was definitely the moment that I think I was prepared for at that point because of what I had went through the year before and the year before that, just kind of understanding the ups and downs of words and fans, the media, the criticism, the praise. That’s why I wanted to stay around the game. Even once I was done, I wanted to be a broadcaster, I wanted to be a commentator. I wanted to help with the FCF (Fan Controlled Football).”  

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LIV Golf Nearing TV Deal With The CW Network

“LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.”

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According to a report from Front Office Sports, LIV Golf has laid out a deal with The CW Network for television carriage in the United States.

The deal is a multi-year agreement that will see the tour own real estate in lesser-viewed time slots on the network. A revenue-sharing relationship between the tour and the television network is expected to be struck.

LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.

After a standup comedy show in West Palm Beach last week, Feherty reportedly told the crowd “Have you heard of CW? I might get fired for this, but…,” according to report from Tom D’Angelo of The Palm Beach Post.

Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand had previously reported a deal between the Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour and the network was likely.

Nexstar Media Group — the nation’s largest television owner — is the majority owner of The CW Network. There are around 220 affiliates of the network on over-the-air television stations. Rumors of an acquisition of LIV Golf’s rights come on the heels of The CW Network being linked to the potential launch of a college football bowl game that would air exclusively on the network.

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Stephen A. Smith: ‘I Don’t Feel Obligated To Agree With Black Community’

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Stephen A. Smith is out promoting his new memoir Straight Shooter. He recently sat down for a conversation with Men’s Health magazine.

Interviewer Rachel Epstein covers a wide variety of topics with Smith. Some are about what can be found in the book. Some are about the First Take star’s public perception.

She asked how Smith balances the responsibility of representing the Black community with his brand. On ESPN, Smith is known for being unique and unapologetic for his sometimes over-the-top persona.

“Number one by being fair,” he said. “By trying to gather as much information and educate myself on issues as much as I possibly can.”

He added that he has never felt pressure to think a certain way or say a certain thing. Even if pressure existed, he prides himself on not giving in to it.

“I never feel an obligation to agree with my community. I believe we all have a right to think the way we want to think. But I do feel a responsibility to make sure that the perspective emanating from my community is heard, even if I disagree.”

Stephen A. Smith is one of the highest-paid and most visible employees at ESPN. He said that a certain responsibility comes along with that status. He wants the Black community to know that even if he doesn’t agree, he will make sure people know what he is hearing when he is on TV talking about an important subject.

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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