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Charissa Thompson Details Lambeau Field Banishment From Mike McCarthy

“It made for a funny story, but at the time I thought am I going to be in trouble? But, I didn’t get in trouble.”

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Next Thursday night, Charissa Thompson will be leading the pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage for Amazon Prime Video’s first NFL regular season game broadcast between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Being part of launching a new network or broadcast isn’t something that’s uncommon for Thompson over the course of her career. 

Thompson was on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on Thursday and she mentioned how she feels lucky to be a part of Amazon’s NFL coverage after she was a part of the first Big Ten Network football game and she was at FS1 when that network launched as well. 

“I feel so lucky. I got to be part of a launch of the Big 10 Network, my first ever game on the air for the Big 10 Network was my first ever sideline game, Michigan-Appalachian State. I remember walking to the car after the fact with Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis and they said where does that rank of all the games you worked? I said this was my first one.

“With FS1, I got to launch that as well. I feel very lucky to have had that experience and now with this unprecedented platform of Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football package being the first ever streamer to have rights to the NFL, it’s awesome. I feel so, so grateful. I don’t just say that because that’s what you are supposed to say. I genuinely feel that way….I’m just waiting for them to kick me off this set like I got kicked off the field at Lambeau and say your time is up.”

Yes, you read that right. Thompson was kicked out of Lambeau Field once before by Mike McCarthy before the NFC Championship Game when she was a co-host on The Best Damn Sports Show Period. She got into that story as well: 

“Mike McCarthy had me kicked off the field because I was running routes with Eli Manning doing cartwheels and nonsense…We were out on the field talking about how cold it was and I was trying to stay warm so Eli was like throwing me passes….It made for a funny story, but at the time I thought am I going to be in trouble? But, I didn’t get in trouble. They didn’t scold me after the fact. They were like, did you get the feature? I got the feature.” 

Even though there might be nerves for many people before a big broadcast like Prime Video has upcoming, Thompson says she doesn’t feel nervous with anything she does in the industry because she likes being put in uncomfortable situations.

“I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing. I don’t get nervous a lot when it comes to my profession. I think about it like this. Whatever happens, happens. Hopefully, I like to believe that I am prepared and I love live television because I like to react to what happens next. I like being put in uncomfortable, precarious situations and figuring out how I can maneuver out of them or save some of my colleagues as well.

“I think that the adrenaline is similar to playing sports. You get excited right before a tipoff or before you do anything in the athletic space. For me, it’s a matter of preparation and sitting at the desk and knowing that your employers have enough belief in you and don’t screw it up and try not to embarrass yourself or them.” 

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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