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Nate Burleson: I Didn’t Want CBS To Treat Me Like a Sports Guy

“I said look, I don’t want the glamour assignments. I want you to send me into the thick of it.”

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When celebrities go out to places where they are easily recognizable, they want to be treated as if they were just a regular person. Well, that was the case for Nate Burleson as well when he started at CBS This Morning in September. 

On the latest edition of the 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt podcast, Burleson talked about his first week and some of the heavy stories he had to cover such as the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, Hurricane Ida, and the 20-year remembrance of 9/11. He appreciated that the crew at CBS This Morning put him on the impactful stories right out of the gate and didn’t treat him as someone just coming from a sports background.

“They didn’t have me start off by saying hey what’s up man, I’m Nate, and we are over here in Times Square. That wasn’t it. They were like we hired him for a reason, we know how intelligent he is, let’s give him the same assignments we give everyone else. If he is coming in talking about topics that aren’t impactful, then why is he here? That week one was a good start,” said Burleson. 

Nate Burleson mentioned that when he was in the pitch meetings with CBS, he wanted to be on the serious stories and eventually, he wants to get those opportunities to go to some “really gritty places” and “experience unique food and cultures.” 

“One of the things we talked about when we had our pitch meeting was all of the things I am interested in. I said look, I don’t want the glamour assignments. I want you to send me into the thick of it. So, hopefully, I get to experience that when I am on assignment doing pieces, features, and essays for CBS Mornings.”

When Burleson isn’t on CBS This Morning, he is previewing games on Sunday on The NFL Today. He says that he sees the DNA of another successful pregame show in their own.

“If you like NBA on TNT, you would most likely like our show. The reason I say that is because you see Chuck and Shaq go at it and they bicker all show long, that’s the same exact thing that Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason do. Not just on the show, but be a fly on the wall during the commercial break. There is this atmosphere of a true locker room even though we are all from different eras, we all sit there and rib each other like we played together.” 

With the way Nate Burleson can have fun talking about football or being serious when talking about the news, he is becoming one of the more versatile people in the industry and he is happy to be given the chance to not be seen as just the ex-NFL athlete. 

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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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