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FOX Using Top Football Crews For The Spring League

This is the league’s second season on FOX after playing last fall.

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The Spring League kicked off live games on Fox Sports’ family of networks last week with a loaded broadcast crew. Analysts for the league include Joel Klatt, Brock Huard, Mark Helfrich, Petros Papadakis, and Jordan Palmer. Kevin Kugler, Brandon Gaudin, Alex Faust, and Noah Eagle round out the play-by-play voices.

The Spring League features eight teams competing in a six-week regular season from two hub markets. The league is meant for development and doesn’t bill itself as a direct competitor to the NFL. 

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis hosts the North Division, consisting of the Conquerors, Aviators, Alphas, and Linemen. The South Division in Houston houses the returning league champion Generals, Jousters, Blues, and Sea Lions. Each division plays all its games at these respective venues.

Outside of their season in the spring, the league also hosts summer showcases to help players get evaluated throughout the year. According to their website, The Spring League has had 104 of its players sign with NFL teams since 2017.

FOX is putting some of their heavy-hitting voices behind this venture. Kugler is a play-by-play announcer for the NFL on FOX in addition to college football and basketball duties with FOX Sports, Big Ten Network, and Westwood One radio. While Gaudin has roles across NFL, college football, and basketball properties for FOX Sports, Big Ten Network, and Westwood One. He also serves as the voice of EA Sports’ “Madden NFL” franchise.

Klatt and Huard are both former quarterbacks and prominent voices on FOX’s football coverage. While Palmer is returning for his second season analyzing The Spring League after the partnerships first season last fall.

The 2021 TSL season began with Faust and Palmer on the call for a doubleheader last Thursday, May 6, on FS1. The other 18 regular-season games air in prime time Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays on FS1 and FS2.

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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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