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Mike Golic Jr. on Broadcasting Start: ‘I’m Just Looking to Get My Foot in the Door’

“You want trial-by-fire where you learn if you want to do this or not? Go interview a bunch of fifth graders who have no idea.”

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While Mike Golic Jr. was trying to pursue a career in the NFL, he was also preparing for what life would be like after football as a film and television major at Notre Dame. It ended up leading to a good 6.5 years at ESPN.

Golic Jr. was a guest on the Inside The Garage podcast on The Volume and talked about the experience he received at Notre Dame and an interesting internship that he took part in.

My last year, I did an internship with Notre Dame camps where I was doing content for all of their YouTube pages for the different camps around campus basically for the parents that were sending their kids there,” Golic explained. “You want trial-by-fire where you learn if you want to do this or not? Go interview a bunch of fifth graders who have no idea.”

As Golic Jr.’s professional career continued, he took any opportunities whenever he could, including some spots at ESPN Radio in New York while playing minor league football.

“Along the way, I had kind of been doing stuff as I went because of my dad and how long the morning show had been going, it meant I already knew people that were in some other places,” said Golic. “I’m in Staten Island playing minor league football and I’m going into ESPN Radio’s affiliate on the weekends there because my dad’s old producer is the programming director now and he’s like, let’s get you some reps on-air here. Come and do two hours with one of our hosts out there.” 

After his football career was over, Golic Jr. went to ESPN looking for any opportunity to get his foot in the door. That opportunity ended up being something unfamiliar to him, a 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET fantasy football show on Sundays.

“I went to my dad, went to the people I knew at ESPN and was like, do you guys have anything that I can do here? I don’t care what it is. I’m just looking to get my foot in the door,” said Golic.

“For me, it ended up being a Sunday morning fantasy football radio show, The Fantasy Focus. They asked me if I was into fantasy football. I lied and told them yes. I had not played fantasy football a day in my life. I’ll get every magazine, I’ll learn as I go along, and I’ll figure it out on the fly. I got lucky because my connection happened to be a blood relative, but it was taking that first opportunity and making sure I did well enough with it to try and beget other opportunities. Stuff just started to snowball from there.” 

While at Notre Dame, Golic Jr. had the opportunity to talk to other Notre Dame people in sports media and he tries now to provide the same opportunities to students, even if they are not football players.

“One of the best things I can say about Coach Kelly and his tenure is Notre Dame football has come leaps and bounds in putting current players in front of alumni to do some of those things. We didn’t do as much of that when I was in college,” Golic said.

“I knew Notre Dame guys who were in sports media, but I was fortunate. I think now it’s in a place where I know for me even if it’s not football players, I’ve had Notre Dame students reach out to me that I’ve been able to put in touch with certain people to try and help them out to be someone who will watch a reel and give them feedback.”

Golic mentioned that he has his next gig lined up, but isn’t ready to announce it yet.

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Over Half of All NFL Viewers Don’t Know Thursday Night Football Is Streaming on Amazon

A study of 1,000 Americans 18 and older indicated 53% of frequent NFL viewers are aware that the games will only be available on Amazon Prime Video.

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Thursday Night Football

The new NFL season is heading our way fast, and in Week 2, Amazon will be kicking off its historic run as the home for Thursday Night Football.

The only thing is apparently there’s a large group of football fans out there that still have no idea that you’ll only be able to stream those games.

Cumulus Media and Westwood One Audio Active Group commissioned a study of 1,000 Americans 18 and older which indicated 53% of frequent NFL viewers are aware that the games will only be available on Amazon Prime Video.

What’s more concerning, according to Nielsen Scarborough, 54% of of those who watched TNF (36.7 million) in the last year say they are not Amazon Prime members. So they likely won’t have access to a game stream anyway unless they subscribe.

On the flipside, though, those who already have Prime are more likely to tune in to games anyway. Of those surveyed, there’s a good chance the various alternate broadcasts offered in addition to the traditional feed with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit will bring in larger audiences and viewers who may be occasional NFL watchers.

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Apple is Leader to Land Big Ten Streaming Rights

Amazon has also been negotiating, but the decision by USC and UCLA to join the conference reportedly brought Apple to the table.

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Apple Big Ten

A new media rights deal for the Big Ten Conference is nearing its completion, and it’s being reported Apple is close to joining NBC, CBS and FOX as a media partner.

According to both The Athletic and reporting from MacRumors, the tech giant remains as the leading potential streaming partner in the new deal.

Amazon has also been negotiating, but the decision by USC and UCLA to join the conference reportedly brought Apple to the table.

The deal will reportedly see the conference make $1 billion per year. Apple has already made a splash in the streaming world this year, making deals with both MLB and MLS to stream. The company is also still being linked to talks over securing NFL Sunday Ticket.

A formal announcement of the TV rights deal is anticipated by the end of this week, but no word on whether streaming will be included in that or if a separate agreement needs to be reached.

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Big Cat: Listening to ESPN Wisconsin After Packers Playoff Loss ‘Highlight of My NFL Season’

“For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

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During a recent interview with Barstool Sports, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a poignant question for noted Chicago Bears fan Dan “Big Cat” Katz that he then used to slam the Packers quarterback while also expressing his enjoyment for Green Bay fans.

“Is it hard, for you as a Bears fan, that some of your greatest moments are cheering against me when the Bears aren’t playing?”, the Packers quarterback half-jokingly asked.

“Very good question,” Katz responded. “No, it’s actually great, because what I’ve told everyone is — I’m very realistic about the Bears — ‘not a great franchise, (the Bears) just don’t do the right things’ for the most part. Every year I look forward to the playoffs and the game that you’re going to lose. I’ve told this story on air, but, when you guys lost to San Francisco this year we were watching the game in New Jersey and I drove back to Brooklyn — brag — and I listened to (Mark) Tauscher. For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

Rodgers laughed at Big Cat as he delivered the message, seemingly getting genuine joy out of the conversation.

“I know I’m a loser,” Katz continued. “That’s the best part. I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m a loser, so yes, watching you lose in the playoffs is…that’s my Super Bowl. And I’ve won a lot of Super Bowls if you do it that way. More than you.”

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