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Tom Rinaldi: Erin Andrews is a Leader in In-Break Booth Communication

“Erin is a leader in that. She hits the booth insightfully with hey, I notice this…I have tried to pick up the lead with that in that regard.”

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This fall, Tom Rinaldi will be one of the sideline reporters for the NFL on FOX for his second full season on the A team with Erin Andrews. Of course, the lead NFL FOX booth has changed slightly with Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen on the call for FOX’s big game of the week, including the Super Bowl this upcoming season.

Rinaldi was a guest on the Sports Media with Richard Deitsch Podcast this week. He was mainly on the show to talk about the upcoming podcast series Wesley, a FOX Sports audio documentary that debuts July 18 on any podcast platform. It is about Lyman “Wesley” Bostock Jr. and is produced, written, and hosted by Rinaldi.

Towards the end of the segment, Rinaldi was asked by Deitsch about working with a different booth now that Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have joined ESPN. Even with the changes, Rinaldi is excited about the upcoming year and even mentioned something Erin Andrews has taught him over the last year:

“I think there’s a lot of excitement in that and discovery in that as we get to know one another and understand each other’s rhythms. Something that Erin is phenomenal at and has taught me a lot about is her communication in-break with the booth. I think that’s something Richie Zyontz and Rich Russo have really encouraged in the culture of their team meaning if there’s an observation, don’t care who gets the credit, serve the viewer. Erin is a leader in that. She hits the booth insightfully with hey, I notice this…I have tried to pick up the lead with that in that regard.”

“The booth appreciates that. They have so much going on…It’s very easy to miss. That’s what we are there for primarily, first and foremost. I know there’s interviews attached certainly. The reports that come from eyes and ears observations on the ground even with all the cameras deployed.”

Of course, Rinaldi might be still remembered by many for his work at ESPN on College Gameday and being on the sidelines for some of the big college football games. In fact, that experience has helped Rinaldi in his NFL coverage as he says he is able to see players in the pros that he used to cover while they were in college:

“One of the blessings of the many that come with my awesome time at ESPN is having the chance to meet some of the players collegially and the benefit now of seeing them as professionals. To be able to say to them with some authenticity, I was there when. To say to a player in a way that hopefully he interprets in the right way, wow, I’m proud of you, congratulations for what you are building in your career. I have been amazed with some of the emotion that has come back to me in pregame exchanges.”

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ESPN Reportedly To Lose Big Ten Media Rights For the First Time in 40 Years

The idea is that FOX would have its marquee game kick off at noon, with CBS airing a game at 3:30. NBC reportedly will air games in primetime.

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After several months, it appears the Big Ten is nearing the finish line on a new media rights deal. And despite still reportedly being in negotiations with the conference, ESPN is looking set to lose out on media rights.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, CBS and NBC are the frontrunners to join with FOX.

The idea is that FOX would have its marquee game kick off at noon, with CBS airing a game at 3:30. NBC reportedly will air games in primetime.

Ourand reported his sources told him ESPN’s deal to keep the Big Ten was not as strong as the one offered by the other two networks.

It would mark the first time in four decades that ESPN didn’t have some involvement in Big Ten sports. But Ourand indicates the worldwide leader could pivot into bundling Big 12 and Pac-12 rights as an alternative. Additionally the network would then pursue keeping its deals with NCAA for championship coverage as well as being the home for the College Football Playoff.

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Pat McAfee: Deals With Amazon/ESPN Fell Short Because The Show Comes First

“Energy, time, anything away from this show… we got a lot going on. This is my number one focus and it should remain as such…”

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Last week, it was announced that Pat McAfee would be hosting his own version of the popular Manning Cast only for college football games.

McAfee, co-host AJ Hawk, and the rest of his cast and crew from The Pat McAfee Show will host an alternate feed for six college football games this season.

McAfee was rumored to be in talks with Amazon about potentially hosting an alternate broadcast for its Thursday NFL games, and the former Colts punter had also reportedly talking with ESPN about potentially being featured on College GameDay.

McAfee said to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post that ultimately the Amazon and GameDay deals didn’t come to fruition because it just didn’t make sense.

“I’ve had great conversations with both companies, we just weren’t able to get to a point where ‘the ask’ and ‘the business’ were where it needed to be to get a deal done on both fronts,” McAfee said.

McAfee on his show on Monday elaborated a bit further, trying to put to bed that he was being courted for Thursday Night Football.

“I’m not 100 percent sure if that’s what we were talking about, by the way,” he said. “I was never really approached for anything for Thursday Night Football. That was never really anything.”

Pat read from the full response to Marchand’s questions, posted under the Post story which appeared on the paper’s site Monday. He reiterated that his daily show and the small business he built around his show, take precedent over anything else.

“Energy, time, anything away from this show, this operation, this crew; we got families being built, we got houses being bought, we got 12 employees, we got a lot going on,” he said. “So this is my number one focus and it should remain as such because I have a brain, and also I care a lot about this operation. I love it, actually.”

Still, McAfee made it clear that just because no deal was signed with ESPN and Amazon for 2022 means the ship has sailed permanently. He’s keeping his doors open.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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