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Tony Romo: I Was Boring When I Started At CBS

“I sounded like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the teacher.”

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On Sunday afternoon, Tony Romo began his fifth season calling NFL games as the lead analyst for CBS with the Chiefs’ 33-29 comeback win over the Browns. It has been a broadcasting journey in which the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback has tried to get better with every game he has called. 

Romo was a guest on the most recent episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina and discussed the boot-camp type atmosphere that CBS put him through when he got started so he would be ready to go on Day 1.

“I did so many practice games on my own. I give CBS credit. We put together a plan as we were going through it. Usually, you get hired and you do one thing and they see it. We had this almost boot camp, training camp deal. I was like I’m not going out there randomly, I want to feel how this is going to go, 1,000 reps kind of thing. But, you can’t do that because you need a live game.”

When Romo first started doing the practice games, he did not like how he sounded. He used a very recognizable pop culture reference to illustrate how bad he thought he was.

“I sounded like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the teacher. I watched myself and it was so boring. You would have been like this guy needs to stop doing this right now.”

In order to improve in his mind, Romo mentioned that he tried to look at the other analysts and tried to mimic what they were doing and realized what he could do to stand out.

“What it was is I am at dinner with my family and friends and everyone has their phones out and they are just reading their website and I am going to tell a story, how do I keep their attention? Very quickly I found there’s a certain tone, there’s a certain emphatic nature to it, and there’s a certain look them in the face, tap them on the shoulder. I have to keep your attention, so the only way to do it is what I do at dinner.” 

Right now, Romo isn’t looking ahead to exactly how long he will continue to be in the booth, but he knows that this profession is something he wants to do for the foreseeable future.

“I love it, I’m passionate about it, I really enjoy the game of football.”

Romo and Nantz’s game for Week 2 will be in Los Angeles when the Chargers take on Romo’s former team, the Cowboys, at SoFi Stadium. 

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MLB Network Devoting 9 Hours to Hall of Fame Vote Coverage

“MLB Network has been the exclusive home of the annual Hall of Fame class announcement since 2009.”

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Sports fans will find out who is in the 2023 induction class for the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. MLB Network is going to make sure that no other media outlet offers more in-depth coverage before and after the names are revealed.

At 9:00 AM on Tuesday, the network will begin nine hours of coverage devoted exclusively to the voting results. Hot Stove, High Heat, and MLB Now — which will originate from the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY from Monday through Wednesday — will all discuss who is most likely to hear their name called.

MLB Network will air a four-hour special to announce the names. Greg Amsinger, Brian Kenny, and Lauren Shehadi will anchor the proceedings. National Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch will read the names of the newly elected live from Cooperstown on the show. Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, ESPN baseball columnist Joon Lee, Jon Morosi, Joel Sherman, Tom Verducci, and Jayson Stark will be part of the coverage as well.

MLB Network has been the exclusive home of the annual Hall of Fame class announcement since 2009.

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Jim Nantz Knew Tony Romo Would Be A Great Analyst As A Player

“It was a show. He would get up out of his seat, he would talk about his throwing motion, running plays with imaginary receivers.”

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For the last six years, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo have been the lead team for NFL coverage on CBS. Even when Romo was the Dallas Cowboy starting quarterback, Nantz knew that Romo was going to do big things based off of the production meetings.

On the latest episode of The Ryen Russillo PodcastNantz was a guest and told Russillo about how the production meetings with Romo were always filled with entertainment.

“Tony was the biggest show. That’s what first kind of tipped me off that this was something that was going to be his calling. It was a show. He would get up out of his seat, he would talk about his throwing motion, running plays with imaginary receivers. He walked through everything and you couldn’t help but think man if that guy could bring that to television, he would be extraordinary and he is.”

Over the years, Romo has received criticism for his broadcasting style and while Romo doesn’t predict as many plays as he did when he started, Nantz said that his partner wants to show he can do more in the booth and getting nitpicked by people comes with the exposure they get.

“It’s year 6 for the two of us. It’s now well over 100 games and it’s a high exposure. We had 30 some odd million people watching our game last week. When you are in someone’s living room that often, people can start to nitpick a little bit. I think the guy’s a genius. He’s one of my best friends and I love hanging out with him.”

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National Press Club Slams Nexstar For LIV Golf Partnership

“We call on Nexstar employees — many of whom are journalists — to demand management explain why they have partnered with the murderers of a journalist.”

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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.

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