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Rebecca Lowe Doesn’t Like When The Host Is The Star

“I just don’t think that’s what you are there for, whether that’s on radio or TV. What do I know? I’ve never played the game.”

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During the Premier League season, soccer or football fans can tune into Rebecca Lowe hosting the studio show to get them set for the weekend’s games. However, if Lowe hadn’t taken one opportunity a decade ago, she might not be where she is today.

Lowe was a guest on the Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy podcast and said that a little over a decade ago, she thought she had reached the point where she wasn’t going to be seen as more than a sideline reporter. Then, she got an offer to be a part of ESPN’s coverage of the Women’s World Cup in Germany.

“I was at a point in my career where I was thinking I’m never really going to get to where I wanted to get to and I was having thoughts about I’m 10 years in, you know what, I think I’ve reached the point where no one is going to take me any more seriously than being a sideline reporter and I’m never going to be a host and I think I’m going to probably start thinking about another career.

“ESPN UK, who I was the sideline reporter for the Premier League for 4 years during that time said to me that ESPN USA would like you to go to Germany to do the Women’s World Cup. I’m thinking I don’t think I want to do that. I said to Paul [her husband], I don’t think I want to do that, what’s it going to lead to? It’s literally going to lead to nothing. I just don’t want to do it. He was like, you’re going. When my husband says you’re going, I’m going.” 

Well, Lowe took that chance and it ended up leading to being a part of ESPN’s EURO 2012 coverage the following year and one person took notice of her work, who is now her boss at NBC.

“That led to doing the EUROS the following summer in Bristol and weirdly, who was watching that? My now boss, Pierre Moossa… Pierre was watching EURO 2012 and the rest was history. The 2011 World Cup was a huge part of my journey.”

As the studio host, Lowe is not a fan of when the host is the start of the show because she wants to represent the fan at home.

“I don’t like shows where the host is the star. I just don’t think that’s what you are there for, whether that’s on radio or TV. What do I know? I’ve never played the game. Literally, my job is to represent the person at home watching….I don’t like it when it’s the other way around.”

While the Premier League studio show does have an order format, Lowe mentioned that there is no script and that the whole plan can go out the window depending upon what happens in the first game that day.

“We don’t have a script, we have a vague running order format. Then, we just react as we go depending upon what happens. There’s a rough plan, but very often the entire format from between Game 1 and 2 goes out the window and I just have to put a big line through it and start again.”

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Bomani Jones: Chris Canty Made Me Rethink How I Look At This Job

“You’ve heard me say this before. I have a particular respect for former athletes that get in and treat this job with care like in the same way they would the other job.”

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The Right Time with Bomani Jones has been one of ESPN’s most successful podcasts recently. Part of the appeal is that the conversations can go anywhere. Jones and his guests talk plenty about sports, but they will venture into pop culture, current events, and more. When it is “Foxworth Friday”, there is a good chance that the show will give some insight on other ESPN personalities.

On the most recent edition of The Right Time, Bomani Jones and Domonique Foxworth discussed how hard it can be to come up with a unique view on a topic every single time you are asked to talk about it. When Foxworth said that ESPN Radio’s Chris Canty makes it a little easier for him to be entertaining in those moments, Jones added to the praise.

He discussed a conversation he and Canty had at a Halloween party hosted by FOX’s Nick Wright.

“You’ve heard me say this before. I have a particular respect for former athletes that get in and treat this job with care like in the same way they would the other job,” Jones said. “Chris was like ‘Hey man’. You know, he’s got a Super Bowl ring, but he’s like ‘I didn’t get a gold jacket. I wasn’t great at that. But this? I have a chance to be great at something else.’”

Bomani Jones was impressed by that attitude. He admitted that it was eye-opening.

“That really made me look back at how I do my job and was like ‘Yo, I need to be looking at this in a very similar way.’”

Foxworth agreed. He said that it isn’t hard to believe that Chris Canty wants to be great on TV and radio. It is easy to see when he is making an effort to get better.

“He works at it and he doesn’t rely on just one move,” Foxworth said. “Using the basketball analogy, he’s adding new stuff to his game.”

Chris Canty clearly has fans in Bristol. ESPN keeps finding ways to use him across multiple platforms. In addition to his daily ESPN Radio show with Chris Carlin, he also makes regular appearances on Get Up with Mike Greenberg.

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Dave Portnoy Drops Appeal Of Lawsuit Against Business Insider

“In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.”

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Dave Portnoy is done with his legal fight against Insider. He filed an appeal after a judge dismissed his initial defamation suit in November. That appeal has been dropped.

Nich Carlson, the Global Editor-in-Chief of Insider, took to Twitter Friday to announce that the legal standoff had come to an end. He also notes that Insider is not surprised by the decision. The company stands by the reporting in the initial story, in which multiple women alleged that sexual encounters with Portnoy turned “violent and humiliating”. It was one of two stories the site published featuring these kinds of accusations against Portnoy.

Both sides will move on. In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.

In November, a Massachusetts judge ruled that Portnoy would have to prove that Insider acted with “actual malice” in publishing the stories. That was going to be a high bar considering that Dave Portnoy is a public figure.

Neither he nor his legal team have publicly commented about the status of the lawsuit.

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Nick Wright: Majority of Media Got Tom Brady Retirement Story Wrong

“I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions.”

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The news of the retirement of Tom Brady wasn’t the most shocking development, but FS1 host Nick Wright believes the way some of media coverage around Brady evolved wasn’t handled correctly.

During his What’s Wright? with Nick Wright podcast, Wright argued that those who have been given tremendous talents are put in different situations than those who weren’t, stopping just short of saying Brady had a duty to continue to perform his craft. He later added that those joking about Brady’s marriage failing for an extra season in the league weren’t viewing the entire picture, and that the divorce wasn’t something worth joking about.

“I see a lot of stuff people are saying about Brady, and I think it’s bullshit,” Wright said. “‘Oh, you sacrificed your marriage to 8-9’. And I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions. These are not easy things, and people know we know we are at times putting yourself first, in a selfish way that you’re not supposed to as a parent.”

The First Things First host then said the situation is similar to one he experienced as a child, but grew to realize there were bigger things than simply being a parent.

“It’s what I learned from my own dad. My own dad — who I have massive admiration for — absolutely put me and my sister — at times — on the backburner to negotatioting the best bargain possible for the Kansas City Firefighters. His legacy — he’s a great dad, who I adore — (but) his life’s legacy is not the things he did for me and my sister, his real legacy is the things he did for those firefighters and their families. You have those push and pull things and you make decisions and you deal with the fallout of it. It’s really sad that he and Gisele didn’t make it.”

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