Reactions were mixed Thursday after the rumored partnership between The CW network and the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour was officially confirmed The National Press Club is very clear on where it sits on the matter.
In a statement, the National Press Club shared its displeasure with Nexstar, the nation’s largest television ownership group, and majority owner of The CW.
“We are deeply disappointed that a company that makes money from news like Nexstar would agree to participate in such a shameful PR stunt as LIV Golf, which is fundamentally designed to rehabilitate the Saudi reputation, tarnished irreparably by the state-ordered gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018,” said National Press Club President Jen Judson to CNN’s Oliver Darcy. “We are left to wonder what, if anything, Nexstar stands for. You cannot have a brand in news and act this way.
“Saudi Arabia murdered a Washington Post journalist and cut him up with a bone saw. Riyadh wants to use golf to get Americans to forget about murder. We must not let them get away with it.”
Judson continued by saying “we call on Nexstar employees — many of whom are journalists — to demand management explain why they have partnered with the murderers of a journalist. We urge Nexstar to do the right thing and cancel their bloody golf show. And if they don’t drop the program here is what we can do: don’t watch it; and write each sponsor asking them not to sponsor.”
LIV Golf is scheduled to make its American television debut next month. The network will carry LIV’s competition at the Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleón course in Mexico from February 24th-26th. The newly-struck television deal includes live coverage on The CW on weekends, with Friday event coverage streaming exclusively on The CW app and website.
Events held in 2022 by LIV Golf aired live on its website and YouTube after failing to find a suitor for its television rights. The organization attempted to strike deals with several different entities before being turned away. LIV Golf is financed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. Critics have said the Saudi Arabian government is utilizing the fund and LIV Golf to “sportswash” its poor record on human rights.
Greg Olsen Wins Universal Praise From Sports Media Colleagues
“Greg Olsen has plenty of fans amongst his sports media colleagues and they were vocal on social media on Sunday.”
Usually, if a game analyst ends up trending on Twitter, it is because people are picking his work apart. Fns of Greg Olsen may have had their hearts skip a beat on Sunday when they saw his name, but clicking on the trending topic showed that the former tight end was drawing near universal praise for his work alongside Kevin Burkhardt in San Francisco.
Albert Beer of Sports Illustrated led the praise by echoing an observation plenty have made during the season.
Breer was not alone though. Greg Olsen has plenty of fans amongst his sports media colleagues and they were vocal on social media on Sunday.
FOX signed Tom Brady to a $375 million contract before the 2022 season kicked off. The plan is for him to join Kevin Burkhardt in the network’s top NFL booth when he retires. What that mans for Greg Olsen remains unclear.
No matter what his future holds, Olsen will get the chance to call a Super Bowl. He and Burkhardt will call Super Bowl LVII next month. FOX has said that Tom Brady is not part of its coverage plans for the game.
5 Former Red Sox To Serve As Analysts On NESN in 2023
“The network will have former Red Sox players Kevin Millar, Kevin Youkilis, Will Middlebrooks and Tim Wakefield split time in the broadcast booth along with Lou Merloni.”
NESN will be going with a rotating group of color commentators for Boston Red Sox games this season.
The network will have former Red Sox players Kevin Millar, Kevin Youkilis, Will Middlebrooks and Tim Wakefield split time in the broadcast booth along with Lou Merloni. Merloni will call the bulk of the Red Sox schedule, but not always on TV. He will split his time between the NESN and WEEI broadcasts.
Dave O’Brien will handle the majority of the play-by-play duties, but Mike Monaco will also call a select numberof games.
“We are continuously evolving our broadcast to bring viewers the best possible experience,” NESN president and CEO Sean McGrail said in a statement. “We’re excited about our booth lineup this year and look forward to an exciting season.”
The change comes after longtime color analyst Dennis Eckersley retired at the end of last season.
Jahmai Webster will be reporting from the field this year.
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Matt Ryan Joining CBS Sports As Guest Analyst This Weekend
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan is joining CBS Sports this weekend as a guest analyst.
Ryan will appear on That Other Pregame Show on CBS Sports Network at its regularly scheduled time of 9:00 AM ET before joining The NFL Today at 2:00 PM ET on CBS. The NFL Today — which usually airs from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET — begins at 2:00 PM ET before the network’s coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills at 3:00.
He will bring a fresh perspective to the CBS shows, after defeating two of the four remaining teams in the AFC.
The on-air opportunity could be viewed as a tryout of sorts for the 37-year-old quarterback. Ryan struggled in his first season with Indianapolis, playing in 12 of the team’s 17 games after being benched at the behest of owner Jim Irsay. Ryan was later reinserted to the starting lineup after the franchise fired head coach Frank Reich and replaced him with ESPN NFL analyst Jeff Saturday, before he was ultimately removed once more.
It is not the first broadcasting role Ryan has held. In 2020 — while still a member of the Atlanta Falcons — he hosted a 12-hour radiothon on 680 The Fan for Advance The Lives, a charity focused on combatting systemic barriers Black youth face in the greater Atlanta area.