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Jeff Passan: ‘I’m Not Great’ On Hot Take Shows
“The way that my brain works, I can never sit here and say something definitive unless I feel like I have got some good evidence to back it up.”
The “hot take” shows aren’t the best environment for some media personalities to thrive and show off their skillset. While you’ve seen ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan on First Take before debating with Stephen A. Smith, he admittedly will say it’s not the best show for him.
Passan was a guest on The Michael Kay Show with Kay, Don La Greca, and Peter Rosenberg on Wednesday and he mentioned that while there is a place for shows like First Take, it is not the best environment for him to come up with a hot take.
“I’m not great there. The way that my brain works, I can never sit here and say something definitive unless I feel like I have got some good evidence to back it up. There’s a marketplace for that. People love it. I think it’s great. It’s just not my thing, not something I do very well.”
Passan admitted on the guest spot that he’s not the greatest guest for hot take shows.
“People are just prisoners of the moment. It’s why I suck on hot take shows and why I’m just not a good guest sometimes because I refuse to sit here and say that’s what happened over the last week and last month is indicative of a whole lot.”
He would later add that on a hot take show that he would have to be different than who he is normally is in order to have success as a guest on those shows.
“I think I’m a terrible actor because I couldn’t fake that. I’m saying I would have to act differently than I normally do.”
While giving a “hot take” might not be best for him, he did mention that he has a ton of respect for the people on First Take because they have a unique talent that gets people to watch the show every weekday.
“I think everyone on First Take is brilliant. People watch everyday to see what they have to say. That’s an art right there.”
Even though Passan thinks he does not thrive on hot take shows, he is still a must-listen for his baseball acumen and the entertaining way that he can deliver information. Plus, it always helps when people can admit that something isn’t a strength of theirs. However, he did share his take on whether or not Aaron Judge would have the single-season home run record if he hits his 62nd home run? Let’s just say he thinks Barry Bonds has the record.
“73. Did 73 balls go over fences? Then, that’s the record.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
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Neil Everett Exits ESPN After 23 Years
“ESPN changed my life, but now it’s time for me to change my life.”
Neil Everett’s SportsCenter days are over. Front Office Sports reports that the anchor has chosen to say goodbye to ESPN after 23 years at the network.
“ESPN changed my life, but now it’s time for me to change my life,” Everett said. “Time to write a new chapter.”
The network reportedly offered Everett a new deal. Had he agreed to it, the anchor would have taken a salary reduction.
This is a significant moment for SportsCenter. Everett moving on means one of the show’s longest-tenured partnership comes to an end. He had worked with Stan Verrett since 2009.
Everett’s exit comes in the same week that it was revealed Chris Chelios would not return to the network’s NHL coverage next season. The Walt Disney Company is currently in the middle of trying to cut 7000 jobs to save $5.5 billion.
As for the future, Everett says he will seek to increase his TV role with the Portland Trail Blazers. He has been part of the team’s broadcast crew on NBC Sports Northwest for the last two years.
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Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica To Make FOX TV Debut on Belmont Coverage
“Everyone I’ve worked and interacted with at the company has been so helpful and open to someone who has spent his entire professional life elsewhere.”
As the college football season was winding down, fans found out one of the foundational members of the College Gameday staff would be leaving ESPN. Chris “The Bear” Fallica left the network and has been working for FOX since the new year. This weekend during the network’s coverage of The Belmont Stakes, he will finally make his TV debut for his employers.
“It’s been great. This will be my first TV appearance, so I’m excited,” Fallica said in an interview with FOXSports.com. “But we’ve been cranking out content on the digital side since January, and I’m very happy with how the USFL picks have been going (4-0 last week for those of you counting at home). Everyone I’ve worked and interacted with at the company has been so helpful and open to someone who has spent his entire professional life elsewhere.”
Fallica, who worked for ESPN for nearly three decades, is going to be a major presence in FOX’s gambling content both on air and online. Making picks is nothing new. He had been doing it on College GameDay for years prior to his exit.
In addition to making football picks, horse racing is going to be a major part of what The Bear does for FOX. While this will be his TV debut on FOX, Fallica put the spotlight on one of his colleagues.
“It was a great decision to bring Tom [Durkin] back for this call. His voice is synonymous with the sport for a generation of racing fans, so it will be a treat to hear him call a race again.”
Durbin is coming out of retirement to call the race. This is the first year that the Belmont is airing on FOX as part of a rights deal with the New York Racing Association.
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FOX Reportedly Considering Replacing Reggie Bush on Big Noon Kickoff
“Marchand writes that the favorite to replace the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner is the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Mark Ingram II is expected to retire from the NFL and join FOX.”
It looks like changes are coming to FOX’s college football coverage. Andrew Marchand reports that the network is considering replacing Reggie Bush on Big Noon Kickoff.
Bush and the network reportedly argued over money before the 2022 season. FOX kicked the tires on multiple options, including Desmond Howard and Robert Griffin III of ESPN. Eventually, it decided to bring Bush back on a one year deal. With that deal set to expire and the two sides again at an impasse, FOX is eyeing other options.
Marchand writes that the favorite to replace the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner is the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Mark Ingram II is expected to retire from the NFL and join FOX.
If Ingram does join the show, he would be the first analyst from outside of the conferences FOX carries. Ingram played his college football at Alabama. He has since amassed more than 8000 yards over 13 seasons in the NFL.
FOX declined to comment on the report. Marchand reports that with no deal finalized, there is an outside shot that Ingram returns to the NFL, Bush returns to FOX and there is no change at all. That, however, is considered a long shot.