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Jim Nantz Knew Tony Romo Would Be A Great Analyst As A Player

“It was a show. He would get up out of his seat, he would talk about his throwing motion, running plays with imaginary receivers.”

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For the last six years, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo have been the lead team for NFL coverage on CBS. Even when Romo was the Dallas Cowboy starting quarterback, Nantz knew that Romo was going to do big things based off of the production meetings.

On the latest episode of The Ryen Russillo PodcastNantz was a guest and told Russillo about how the production meetings with Romo were always filled with entertainment.

“Tony was the biggest show. That’s what first kind of tipped me off that this was something that was going to be his calling. It was a show. He would get up out of his seat, he would talk about his throwing motion, running plays with imaginary receivers. He walked through everything and you couldn’t help but think man if that guy could bring that to television, he would be extraordinary and he is.”

Over the years, Romo has received criticism for his broadcasting style and while Romo doesn’t predict as many plays as he did when he started, Nantz said that his partner wants to show he can do more in the booth and getting nitpicked by people comes with the exposure they get.

“It’s year 6 for the two of us. It’s now well over 100 games and it’s a high exposure. We had 30 some odd million people watching our game last week. When you are in someone’s living room that often, people can start to nitpick a little bit. I think the guy’s a genius. He’s one of my best friends and I love hanging out with him.”

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3.72 Million Tune In To See LeBron James Break Scoring Record

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Lakers star LeBron James surpassed the NBA’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday night, and TNT benefitted from the milestone ratings wise.

According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday night’s game averaged 2.98 million viewers. That figure made it TNT’s biggest regular season audience in over two years.

The broadcast peaked at 3.72 million around 11:45 p.m. when James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record.

Reporting also indicated that the game was the number one single-network program on TV in key demographics.

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Disney Makes ESPN Independent Division In Corporate Restructuring

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Disney is in the process of reorganizing and restructuring the company, and details have emerged about the company’s plans for ESPN.

Deadline reported on Wednesday that ESPN will be one of three standalone segments comprising Disney. Entertainment and Parks, Experiences & Products are the other two segments.

The reorganization comes amid the exit of former CEO Bob Chapek and the re-entry of CEO Bob Iger. As one of Iger’s first moves back running Disney, he announced a restructuring of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

It was also reported that Jimmy Pitaro will continue as the president of ESPN.

In total, more than 7,000 jobs will be eliminated after the restructuring.

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Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”

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In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.

During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.

ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.

NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.

Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.

One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.

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