If you are rolling along the southern U.S. highways this fall and see a huge bus with a buff Clay Travis on it, don’t be alarmed. The imagery is all part of the plan for Fox Sports’ unveiling of the Outkick college football bus tour.
Travis is taking his talents on the road during weekends in the south this fall as he interviews top players, coaches, and fans for weekly segments on Fox Sports’ college football pregame show, Big Noon Kickoff. The segments are also airing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd and Outkick.com.
“Every week, the biggest game in college football, in the south, we’re gonna have the Outkick cruiser,” Travis said on Fox & Friends. “It’s gonna be like the Madden mobile back in the day. A huge bus, awesome tailgates, Fox Sports pregame show, and Fox News, plus a documentary about southern tailgating and the experience of southern football for Fox Nation.”
Fox purchased Outkick Media in June of this year. The outlet founded by Travis serves audiences with sports, opinion, politics, and pop culture content across its radio, podcasts, online and social outlets.
“It’s going to be a wild fall,” Travis declared. “I know people need some fun and we’re going to be a big part of it at Outkick with you guys and all of Fox.”
The “Clay Caravan” gets rolling on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., when the Clemson Tigers battle the Georgia Bulldogs.
“We are starting off with the biggest game of them all on opening weekend in college football, the Georgia-Clemson game,” Travis said. “Then on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Texas is joining the SEC, and they’re getting an early preview of that on the road in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and then we’re going down to Gainesville, Florida for Alabama against Florida.”
Russ Heltman is a daily news writer for BSM. He is the morning host and producer for 89.3 WMKV in Cincinnati, OH. He also works in gameday communications for FC Cincinnati and additionally contributes to the AllBengals blog for Sports Illustrated. Russ can be found on Twitter @RussHeltman11 or you can reach him by email at Heltmandm@yahoo.com.
Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee Facing Defamation Lawsuit From Patrick Reed
During a Golf Channel broadcast, Chamblee had reportedly accused Reed of cheating during the Hero World Challenge after being assessed a two-stroke penalty for improving his ball placement in a bunker.
Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee are being sued by golfer Patrick Reed after Reed alleged “misreporting information with falsity and/or reckless disregard of the truth” by the network and Chamblee.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Reed claims Golf Channel, Chamblee, and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan have conspired against him since he joined the PGA Tour while trying to “destroy his reputation, create hate and a hostile work environment for him”.
Reed, who has faced cheating allegations dating back to his college golf days, had his legal representation send a cease-and-desist letter to Chamblee in 2020. During a Golf Channel broadcast, Chamblee had reportedly accused Reed of cheating during the Hero World Challenge after being assessed a two-stroke penalty for improving his ball placement in a bunker. Reed claimed he did not intend to improve his lie.
Reed, 2018 winner of The Masters, alleges that Chamblee’s allegations have caused fans to heckle him and label him a cheater at events.
Patrick Reed defected from the PGA Tour in June to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf organization. He is seeking $750 million in damages.
Joe Girardi Joining Marquee Sports Network
“I’m excited to join Marquee and look forward to working alongside Boog, JD, and Taylor this weekend at Wrigley Field,” said Girardi.
Marquee Sports Network has announced that former Chicago Cubs catcher, and Marlins, Yankees, and Phillies manager Joe Girardi is joining the network as a game analyst. Girardi will work this weekends series between the Cubs and Brewers, as well as a series against the Marlins in September.
Girardi has previously worked as an analyst for YES Network, MLB Network, and Fox Sports.
“I’m excited to join Marquee and look forward to working alongside Boog, JD, and Taylor this weekend at Wrigley Field,” said Girardi. “Growing up a Cubs fan and then having the chance to play for the team for a number of years, I’m honored to now have the opportunity to broadcast from the historic television broadcast booth.”
After a three-time World Series winner as a player, Girardi spent 15 seasons in the big leagues, seven of which came with the Cubs. The former catcher has spent parts of 14 seasons as a manager with the Marlins, Yankees, and Phillies. Girardi was fired as the manager of the Phillies on June 3rd.
“We’re pleased to welcome Joe Girardi to the Marquee Sports Network team,” said Marquee Sports Network General Manager, Mike McCarthy. “His insights as a long-time Cubs player and big league manager will be a valuable addition to the broadcasts. Welcome Joe!”
ACC Network Expands Women’s Basketball, Baseball Tournament Coverage
A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network.
ESPN and Raycom have struck a deal to make ACC Network the television home of the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments, beginning with the 2023 season.
A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network. Previously, the championship events had been distributed on Bally Sports South, which confused viewers.
“We are thrilled. This is a significant moment that will enhance these premier events and provide much-needed access to our fans,” Phillips said. “We appreciate ESPN, Raycom Sports, and Bally for mutually agreeing to make this happen.”
ESPN or ESPN2 will continue to carry the championship games for both the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments.