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Nate Burleson Shares His Biggest Television Fear

“I just don’t want that judgment for anybody to say see ‘Gotcha, I told you he didn’t know what he was doing, I told you he doesn’t belong there.'”

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Nate Burleson has been on CBS Mornings since September 2021 and it has given him another platform to show off his talent and his voice in the media. It has also caused him to have a different schedule than he did when he was at Good Morning Football on NFL Network.

Burleson was a guest on the latest episode of the R2C2 Podcast with Ryan Ruocco and CC Sabathia and said he wants to be the first one to enter the building every weekday morning because more prep work has to be done on anything that can happen immediately in news.

“The news schedule, I’m waking up a little bit earlier. For Good Morning Football, I’d wake up around 4:45. Now, I wake up at 4 AM. I want to get into the city. I like to be the first one in the studio just so I can prepare for the show.

“In football, there’s this revolving door of information that we live in because we are working in the football space. But, when you are working in news, you have to be knowledgeable about everything, It could be social issues on a national level, it could be weather internationally, it could be politics one day.

“Go to sleep with one thing on your mind thinking you know what the show is going to be. Then you wake up and we are pretty much tearing up the show and starting with a new lead block because something happened overnight. Then, not to mention, we have guests.”

Burleson mentioned he wants to be prepared for anything because his biggest fear is not being knowledgeable about a news topic that is discussed and proving the doubters of him correct.

“I think what gives me the most fear is having 30 seconds and not having done my homework or not be as knowledgeable about a specific topic and then in 30 seconds, I blow it. That’s what I think about everyday. In news, I just don’t want that judgment for anybody to say ‘Gotcha, I told you he didn’t know what he was doing, I told you he doesn’t belong there.’

“It’s one of those shows where you have to be on your toes. It’s 2 hours, but there’s not a ton of time for us to just talk. This isn’t a sports show so we are not debating about anything. We’re just front-row seats to the news and then we deliver that news to the viewer.”

While on Good Morning Football, Burleson was able to talk about more than just the NFL and it allowed him to open up more of his personality to the viewer.

As I got into TV, I realized that my voice was unique. We are all very similar in the sense that we might love a certain sport where people identify us with that sport, but we are sport junkies. I had all of these different loves. All of these different things I felt like I wanted to talk about. I couldn’t do it if I was just doing football.

“Then, I started to open up more on Good Morning Football and thank you to the NFL Network because I started showing my love for hip-hop and writing poetry and then I started talking about investing. As I started to open up myself, it seems like the world in the media space started to do the same.”

In the end, Burleson is grateful for the opportunities that Good Morning Football gave him and he told Ruocco and Sabathia that the show allowed everyone on set to be themselves and that there is more than one way to have a successful show.

“I’m thankful for that show. It was unique at first because it was just four people talking football but the more we got into it, the more the show allowed it to just be us. It’s not so straight-laced and traditional as it used to be. That isn’t taking a shot at what TV and media and radio once was, but there’s an evolution. You can do both. You can put on a suit and tie and talk hardcore X’s and O’s, but then you can also dress it down and put on a hoodie and give the same type of passion and talk about any other sport that you love.”

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NFL Network Cuts Continue With Willie McGinest

“McGinest is currently in the middle of a lawsuit resulting from an incident in a LA-area restaurant in December.”

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Willie McGinest is the latest victim of cost reduction layoffs at NFL Media. The NFL Network analyst is out according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports.

McGinest is currently in the middle of a lawsuit resulting from an incident in an LA-area restaurant in December. He is being sued and faces up to eight years in prison for allegedly attacking a fellow customer.

Since news of the investigation became public, NFL Network has kept Willie McGinest off the air.

McCarthy reached out to McGinest and NFL Network. Neither offered a comment at this time.

NFL Media has been busy this week as the company looks to reduce its expenses. Willie McGinest joins Jim Trotter and Rachel Bonnetta on the list of on-air talents that have lost their jobs at NFL Network.

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Holly Rowe Signs Long-Term Extension With ESPN

“I feel like I am living my best life and I am so grateful to ESPN for letting me keep doing this.”

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ESPN reporter Holly Rowe has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the company.

Rowe works as a sideline reporter for ESPN/ABC’s coverage of college football — including the College Football Playoffs, the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and the Women’s College World Series, among other high-profile assignments.

“I feel like I am living my best life and I am so grateful to ESPN for letting me keep doing this,” Rowe told The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch.

Earlier this year, Rowe was named the 2023 Curt Gowdy Media Award winner from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for her electronic media work.

Rowe joined ESPN in 1998, and signed her last contract extension with the network in 2018 shortly before she announced she had undergone her final chemotherapy treatment in August of that year after a melanoma diagnosis in 2016.

According to Deitsch, Rowe’s contract was set to expire next month.

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Mike Florio: The NFL Will Have Games 7 Days a Week & Will Expand To Make it Happen

“So if you wanna increase the total number of games so you can have games Tuesday night, Wednesday night, Friday night, Saturday night, at some point you need more teams to get more games.”

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Could you picture NFL games on every night of the week from September to January? ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio thinks it’ll happen in his lifetime.

In an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, Florio said it’s inevitable that we’ll see the league play games every night.

“I think sooner than later we’re gonna have Tuesday Night Football, we’re gonna have Wednesday Night Football,” he said. “It’s gonna be hopefully in my lifetime a seven day a week, primetime event. There’s too much money to be made.”

“I would love to have football on every night of the week,” Florio added. “It would be nice to have a night or two off. Like Friday night and Saturday night would be nice, but I’d be fine with Tuesday and Wednesday.”

How does Florio think the NFL will get to the point of playing seven days a week during the season? Expansion. And the league has already expressed interest in establishing franchises in Europe.

“I think they’re gonna start moving that number from 32 to in time 34, 36, 38 eventually 40,” Florio said. “Quarterbacks is the key. Is there ever gonna be enough quarterbacks to have 40 NFL teams? But I think that would be the ultimate maximum number.”

Even McAfee added that an 18th NFL regular season game will be coming sooner rather than later. Florio said in order to justify the need for one more game, expansion is the answer.

“When it comes to the inventory, 18 games is the most they’re gonna get away with,” Florio said. “So if you wanna increase the total number of games so you can have games Tuesday night, Wednesday night, Friday night, Saturday night, at some point you need more teams to get more games.”

“If the money’s there to be made by the owners, they’ll deal with it,” he added.

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