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FOX NFL Sunday Celebrates Michael Strahan’s Trip To Space

“Strahan was back on terra firma and in the studio Sunday for FOX.”

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It’s not often that one network celebrates a programming event staged by another. Then again, there aren’t many talents on TV like Michael Strahan, who has prominent roles at both ABC and FOX. AND it isn’t often that a prominent talent like that is sent to outer space!

On Saturday, Michael Strahan was among the passengers of the Blue Origin ship that blasted off for a trip to the edge of space. The flight lasted ten minutes and allowed Strahan and others to experience weightlessness while reaching an altitude of 66 miles above the Earth.

Strahan was back on terra firma and in the studio Sunday for FOX. Curt Menefee joked that he had the longest work commute ever recorded.

“Thank you. Thank you. I don’t feel like an earthling anymore,” Strahan joked.

A video documenting the experience was shown. It showed blastoff, the crew experiencing weightlessness, and the capsul’s return to Earth. Strahan’s crewmates noted that the Hall of Famer never seemed nervous until the countdown started.

The video was followed immediately by questions from his FOX NFL Sunday colleagues.

Terry Bradshaw said weightlessness and space travel was “something I’m never gonna do, because I won’t even do a Ferris wheel.” He noted just how many things could go wrong and asked Michael Strahan if there was ever a moment where he questioned his decision.

Strahan responded that being with Blue Origin all week helped ease any fears. It allowed him to see just how many people are working on these flights and how much time and expertise each individual job takes. He said that even when he looked at the other passengers on the flight, he realized none of them were as nervous as anyone watching the liftoff at home.

“I am more comfortable with Blue Origin than I am getting on a plane and flying from New York to Los Angeles every week,” he said.

Howie Long came with the toughest question. He noted that Michael Strahan was part of the biggest Super Bowl upset ever. He is in the Hall of Fame. He just had his jersey retired by the New York Giants. So where does going into space rank amongst his professional thrills?

“It was out of this world,” Strahan said laughing. “Pun intended.”

He described the feeling of weightlessness as just the beginning of the experience. He said that in addition to floating, he was overwhelmed by the reality of the vastness and darkness of space and the fragility of life from up above the atmosphere. He also noted that he celebrated a safe return to Earth with his mother and kids.

The trip to space for Michael Strahan was a major event for Good Morning America. He serves as a host for ABC’s weekday morning show. Maybe in the past, it is the kind of thing FOX would avoid talking about on its airwaves, but kudos to that network. Bosses at FOX clearly realize that in the age of mass information, you are a fool not to acknowledge major news your audience is already aware of.

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Chris Berman Says NBC Offered To Triple His Salary In 1989 to Leave ESPN

“(NBC) put an offer out there that was times three or four, which — ok — that took a while to get resolved.”

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Chris Berman has always felt like ESPN was home for him.

There have been a couple of instances throughout his more than four-decade career at The Worldwide Leader where Berman was entertaining offers to leave. But Berman told Jimmy Traina on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast he always knew ESPN was where he needed to be.

One instance came in 1989 when ESPN was still somewhat a single fledgling sports channel. Berman at the time was weighing leaving Bristol for NBC.

“ESPN was a different place,” Berman said. “We were only one channel then, remember.”

“(NBC) put an offer out there that was times three or four,” he added. “Which — ok — that took a while to get resolved.”

Berman said in terms of his career, deciding to remain at ESPN turned out to be the right choice.

“My God it’s the greatest move I never made,” he said. “At the time I was gonna be the number two guy behind Bob Costas doing football.

“Just job-wise, forget money and this – I’m not in it for that anyway,” Berman added. “I started at 16 thousand bucks.”

Chris talked about the coverage the potential move received. He said the decision was about something bigger than money. He loved getting to cover sports every day.

“That was not the point,” he said. “I wasn’t leveraging anything, and again thank God I’ve been here 43 years.”

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ESPN, ESPN2 To Air 5 Hour NBA Trade Deadline Special Thursday

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The NBA trade deadline is this week, and ESPN is going all-in on coverage.

ESPN announced Monday that it will air a five-hour special across ESPN and ESPN2 making sure every deal leading up to the deadline is covered.

The NBA Today Trade Deadline Special will air starting at 1:00 PM on Thursday on ESPN, and the final two hours leading up to the official deadline will air on ESPN 2.

From Los Angeles, Malika Andrews will host. She will be joined by Jalen Rose, Zach Lowe, Chiney Ogwumike, Kendrick Perkins, Richard Jefferson, Ramona Shelburne, Brian Windhorst, and Vince Carter.

Adrian Wojnarowski will be breaking news from Bristol alongside Tim Legler and Bobby Marks. Meanwhile, Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon will be weighing in from Scottsdale, Arizona from ESPN’s Super Bowl set.

Several other ESPN NBA reporters will also be contributing coverage throughout the afternoon.

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Tom Brady: I’ll Join FOX in 2024

“Even in the future, I wanna be great at what I do. That takes time strategizing, and learning, and evolving.”

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Many have questioned whether Tom Brady will actually join FOX Sports’ top NFL booth after he retires. Today, we have that answer.

During an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Brady confirmed he will indeed join Kevin Burkhardt in the network’s top NFL booth, but not until the 2024 season.

“Decompression is important,” Brady said, noting he’ll join the network’s NFL coverage after a year off from the game. “You’re on this kind of really crazy treadmill/hamster wheel, loving the moment, loving the journey, (but) at the same time there’s a daily fight. I have an appreciation to those who are so committed to showing up every day and putting in their max effort to their life and their career.

“I think — for me — I want to be great at what I do. So last week, talking with the people at FOX Sports and the leadership there allowing me to start my FOX opportunity in the fall of 2024 is something that’s great for me.”

Brady added he needs time to absorb a new career before jumping in head first.

“Take some time to really learn, become great at what I want to do, become great at thinking about the opportunity, and make sure I don’t rush into anything. Even in the future, I wanna be great at what I do. That takes time strategizing, and learning, and evolving, and I have so many people to rely on that can support me in that growth, too.”

The seven-time Super Bowl winning quarterback concluded by saying there are other aspects of his life outside of football that “need some catching up and energy”. He went through a high-profile divorce from supermodel Gisele Bündchen, reportedly stemming from his refusal to retire after the 2021 NFL season.

Brady signed a reported 10-year, $375 million contract with FOX Sports to join the network’s top NFL announcing crew, and serve as a brand ambassador in May of last year.

The addition of Brady to the FOX Sports booth creates a potential log jam in the analyst role. Current FOX Sports top NFL analyst Greg Olsen has received high praise from many both inside and outside the industry for his work with Burkhardt. Olsen hasn’t been shy about his wish to remain in the network’s top booth, saying that while the situation “sucks”, he is a “big boy” and “knows what he signed up for”.

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