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Kyle Brandt’s Tweet Draws Criticism, Debate From Media

“The debate will continue on social media for the foreseeable future.”

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On Monday morning, the Miami Marlins’ home opener that was supposed to take place tonight was cancelled as a COVID-19 outbreak has taken place inside the organization according to Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers of ESPN. The Yankees-Phillies Monday night game was also postponed, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1287736207120781316

With this story taking center stage, it has caused many to question if college football or the NFL can take place safely without a bubble this fall. Some are skeptical that a full year can finish without it and that has caused others in the media to be upset that they perceive people want the season to fail. 

Check out this tweet from Kyle Brandt, who is one of the hosts of Good Morning Football every weekday on NFL Network. Brandt was not sure why some people, in his mind, root for the sport to fail when many depend on games to make a living in this industry.

https://twitter.com/KyleBrandt/status/1287756656663769090

This tweet has caused a bunch of reaction from Brandt’s colleagues in sports media. Mike Golic Jr. from Golic & Wingounderstood Brandt’s response, but made it clear no one wants the virus to win.

https://twitter.com/mikegolicjr/status/1287758699352793089

Peter Burns, who covers college football for the SEC Network, emphasized that the Marlins news does have to at least bring up the questions about how football is going to play on this fall: 

https://twitter.com/PeterBurnsESPN/status/1287763535263563778

One other important thing to note as Off the Ball Sports NFL analyst Cian Fahey questioned Brandt’s motives for the tweet.

https://twitter.com/Cianaf/status/1287767737557823488

Of course, there are writers such as Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal that said while Kyle is great on Good Morning Football, he did mention it is the journalist’s duty to seek truth and took a slight shot at Brandt:  

https://twitter.com/GregABedard/status/1287773490851053568

A couple of NFL writers replied to Brandt’s tweet, including Ralph Vacchiano. The NFL insider over at SNY said his tweet was offensive and completely wrong. Plus, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News mentioned it is a reporter’s job to talk about what they see.

https://twitter.com/RVacchianoSNY/status/1287766653690875906
https://twitter.com/calvinwatkins/status/1287768353424183297

Of course, there are some who do believe the NFL will be in much better shape to control COVID-19 compared to Major League Baseball. Colin Cowherd took to Twitter on Monday and wrote to the “doomsday sports media” that the NFL is going to play and restrictions will help.

https://twitter.com/ColinCowherd/status/1287767512688373760

It is an issue that will continue to be talked about as the USA continues to try to contain COVID-19. It is clear the division is there and as former NFL player Ross Tucker put it, it depends on how people are from a positive/negative standpoint in terms of how they look at the latest news.

https://twitter.com/RossTuckerNFL/status/1287759997523435523

The debate will continue on social media for the foreseeable future. However, it is safe to say that the NFL and college football are under the microscope now as MLB had its outbreak just 4 days into the start of their season.  

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NBC Officially Unveils Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge as New Big Ten Booth

“With their collective college football experience and great enthusiasm for the game, Todd, Noah and Kathryn join a production team that can’t wait to kick off the Big Ten season.”

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It’s officially official: Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge, and Kathryn Tappen will join the Big Ten on NBC booth when the network begins airing the conference’s football package in 2023.

NBC made the announcement Thursday, after weeks of speculation about the moves.

“We are excited to showcase Big Ten Saturday Night on the NBC Sports’ primetime marquee,” said NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood. “When you hear Todd’s voice, you know it’s a big college football game. It has been that way for decades.

“Noah is one of the industry’s rising young play-by-play commentators, who has excelled calling numerous sports across multiple platforms for a wide range of audiences. We are thrilled to pair him in the booth with Todd.

“Kathryn has told the stories of so many memorable Notre Dame Football moments over the last decade in her on-field reporting and interviews,” Flood continued. “With their collective college football experience and great enthusiasm for the game, Todd, Noah and Kathryn join a production team that can’t wait to kick off the Big Ten season.”

Blackledge joins NBC after working as a college football analyst for the network for the past 17 seasons. Previously, he was the an analyst for CBS and ABC, making 2023 his 30th consecutive season covering college football as an analyst.

Eagle is the son of broadcasting legend Ian Eagle, and currently serves as the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers. He comes to NBC after calling college football games for FOX Sports in 2022.

Tappen has spent the past nine seasons working NBC’s college football coverage with Notre Dame. Eight of those nine seasons were spent as the network’s sideline reporter before anchoring the studio coverage from South Bend in 2022.

2023 will mark the beginning of a seven-year contract for NBC to air Big Ten football games in primetime. The move is one of the biggest notable expansions in the college football arena for the network since its partnership with Notre Dame began in 1991.

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CBS Tried ‘Intervention’ With Tony Romo

“They knew, they anticipated this. That’s a credit to them, the people in charge there. But it has not gotten better.”

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After his performance during the 2022 season, many have questioned why CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has seemed off his game after seeing high praise during the early stages of his broadcasting career.

A recent nugget from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post claims CBS executives attempted an “intervention” with Romo before the season.

“Tony Romo needs to study more,” Marchand said during The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast. “He needs to be better prepared. As you move away from the sidelines, you need to do more work. I know CBS is aware of this. They tried an intervention last offseason. They knew, they anticipated this. That’s a credit to them, the people in charge there. But it has not gotten better.”

Marchand also argued that it appears as if Romo’s partner — Jim Nantz — is content to let the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback struggle.

“This was the narrative out of CBS when Romo was getting all of the publicity: you heard from Nantz’ side and people from CBS that Nantz was the one creating Romo,” quipped Marchand. “The issue now is, why isn’t Nantz helping Romo get to this next level?”

Romo — who signed a 10-year, $180 million contract with CBS in 2020 — addressed his critics in an interview with Jenna Lemoncelli of The New York Post, saying he’s simply trying new things.

“I mean, some changes are good, some you’re like, ‘Ah, I shouldn’t do that’. But I always trial and error a bunch and sometimes it works.”

The 42-year-old Romo appeared to push back on the insinuation that he doesn’t prepare for broadcasts like he used to during the interview.

“You’re going to fail all the time, but at the same time, you succeed because of that, as long as you think about it and try to understand how to improve and then go about the process to make that happen, which is work ethic and commitment. But you got to have a plan for it before.”

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Jason Benetti: Negotiations With Chicago White Sox ‘Kind of A Pain’

“I just thought it would be easier. But just because it wasn’t easier doesn’t mean it didn’t get done.”

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Jason Benetti and Steve Stone recently saw their contracts renewed by NBC Sports Chicago to team once more as the television voices of the Chicago White Sox. Benetti says the talks about a renewal weren’t without their hiccups.

In a profile with Chicago Sun-Times writer Jeff Agrest, Benetti said the talks about the situation weren’t exactly what he envisioned.

“The really good news is we got somewhere good,” Benetti said. “It was kind of a pain, really. There were some things that we had to get through that I thought were silly, and I’m sure they thought some of the stuff that I was talking about might’ve been silly. But we got there in the end.”

Agrest reported the Atlanta Braves were watching the situation with bated breath. Their television play-by-play announcer, Chip Caray, recently departed for the same position with the St. Louis Cardinals.

One of the sticking points in the negotiations between the White Sox and Benetti was how many regular season contests he would miss due to his work with FOX Sports. Benetti is announcing MLB and college football games for the network in 2023 and did his first NFL work for FOX Sports this season. Benetti admitted that were points of frustration along the way.

“I think the work has been strong and I appreciate the heck out of the fans and I have loved the Sox for all my life. I just thought it would be easier. But just because it wasn’t easier doesn’t mean it didn’t get done. Where I have put myself, totally honestly, the place I am is we got it done, and that means something. It means both sides wanted it to happen.”

Chicago White Sox Senior Vice President of Revenue and Marketing Brooks Boyer told Agrest he didn’t see any complications in the negotiations.

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