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Darren Rovell: I Am One of the Most Hated People on Twitter

“I am one of the most hated people on Twitter. I am reviled. I always say the worst thing is to be someone that people just don’t know if they love you or hate you, you are in the middle. If they love you so much and they follow you or they hate you so much and they follow you, you are in a good place. You are valuable.”

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In the world of social media, sometimes it is better to be either loved or hated than to not be noticed at all. That is how Darren Rovell, formerly of ESPN and now a reporter at The Action Network feels.

Rovell was a guest on the Sports With Friends podcast hosted by Seth Everett and says that he knows that he is one of the most hated people that is currently using Twitter:

“I am one of the most hated people on Twitter. I am reviled. I always say the worst thing is to be someone that people just don’t know if they love you or hate you, you are in the middle. If they love you so much and they follow you or they hate you so much and they follow you, you are in a good place. You are valuable.”

Rovell said that he was one of the first sports journalists to join Twitter and he feels that he was made for the social media platform:

“I want to be relevant and I think I was made for Twitter because for my whole life, I’ve pretty much had a hard head. 2012, I’m now 34 years old or something like that. I was sure of myself. I was ready to battle people and didn’t care as much that they bashed me as long as they kept following me.”

When Rovell first joined Twitter, he told Everett that as a sports business reporter, it helped him figure out what the secondary story was in a quicker fashion and how the platform quickly became part of his identity while at CNBC:

As a sports business reporter, I have to figure out what the secondary story is. The primary story is the real thing going on. Twitter presented this opportunity where I felt like I cut my time in half finding out what the important story was. It wasn’t about me being one of the originals, it kind of  became almost my overarching identity. I embraced it, I didn’t change who I was. Everyday, willing to fight someone for whatever reason.”

While Rovell does not like the adrenaline of being on-air, social media has helped fill the gap because it allows him to keep himself relevant regardless of whether it is because of something good or something bad:

“I do love the adrenaline of being on-air. I’ve since not cared as much about the on-air because of what social media provided. I like to be relevant. I like people to talk about me, whether it’s good or bad. I think that’s what provides my everyday juice in the business.”

Even though Rovell is known for being on Twitter, he does not use the app as much as he used to because of how toxic it can be sometimes:

“It’s so awful. I have been on Twitter less because of it. If you look at my phone, I’m on Instagram more than I am on Twitter. It feels like there is a family and Twitter wants to cancel you everyday. That’s their goal.”

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Michael Kay: Vin Scully Was ‘A Gift From The Gods’

“No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

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As sports media figures continue to mourn the passing of Vin Scully, Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay penned a special op-ed to Scully in The New York Post.

Kay noted the sheer length of Scully’s career — pointing out he announced games for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges just as he did for Clayton Kershaw — and how his style “transcended generations”.

“If you listen to how some called a game in the 50s, you can question if they would even be hired by today’s execs or, more importantly, accepted by today’s audience,” Kay said. “Scully was just as good and relevant in 2016 as he was in 1950. There is an incredible genius to that accomplishment.”

The two baseball broadcasters both graduated from Fordham University, which Kay said bonded them after they were introduced to one another in 1999 by Scully’s friend Keith Olbermann.

Kay also echoed a sentiment shared by many the day following Scully’s passing: that he was the greatest sports broadcaster of all time.

“In an era of hot takes where debate shows argue about the greatest this and the greatest that, there is no debate that Scully is simply the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived,” Kay definitively said. “No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

He later added Scully’s ability “was a gift from the Gods. A lovely, soft, easy voice and a disarming manner that made him sound like a friend and not an authority figure giving you the score.”

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NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt Will Host Podcast With Omaha Productions

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

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You’ll soon be able to hear NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on your favorite podcast platform.

Brandt, who co-hosts Good Morning Football, signed on with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions according to Adam Schefter.

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”

Caesars Sportsbook will be supply all betting lines for Brandt’s show. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.

Brandt’s show joins a lineup of six other podcasts originally announced back in June.

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DirecTV Strikes Deal with Amazon to Carry Thursday Night Football in Bars and Restaurants

. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so.

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This season, Thursday Night Football moves over to Amazon’s streaming service for the first time. That might be good for consumers at home, but that left a drastic issue still with bars and restaurants carrying the games.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Amazon has agreed to allow DirecTV co carry its games to bars and restaurants. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so. Some establishments that have upgraded their equipment recently have run into issues syncing the video to go to different televisions from the stream.

DirecTV is also entering its last season with NFL Sunday Ticket.

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