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Tom Brady Has Blessing From FOX To Pursue Minority Stake in Raiders
“The NFL has a policy that prohibits team ownership when being employed by a media outlet, but that only applies if the person is in a position of authority at the entity.”
Numerous National Football League insiders reported Friday morning that seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady is in serious discussions to become a minority owner of the Las Vegas Raiders. This revelation comes after Brady signed a 10-year contract to serve as the color commentator in its lead NFL booth alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, a role he will begin at the start of the 2024 season.
Brady has reportedly received permission from FOX to go forward with his ownership pursuits. Additionally, his involvement, if the deal is closed, is expected to be ‘passive.’ He would not be directly involved in the day-to-day activities of the organization related to business or football operations. Brady expects to be working for FOX, as he called a New York Post report of him reconsidering the decision “fake news.”
The NFL has a policy that prohibits team ownership when being employed by a media outlet, but that only applies if the person is in a position of authority at the entity. That safeguard was put into place to prevent conflicts of interest in media rights negotiations, which will not happen again for the NFL for the remainder of the decade. FOX’s new pact with the NFL runs through 2033 and reportedly is worth $2 billion annually, and it includes the rights to the Super Bowl to decide the outcome of the 2024, 2028 and 2032 seasons.
In this case, Brady would be a broadcaster rather than an executive; therefore, the league’s media policy would not apply to him. As a result, he would be able to call national games and serve as a minority owner of the Raiders. Brady had previously engaged in talks about becoming a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins, and he recently became a minority owner of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.
Alex Rodríguez, for example, is a minority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves and will be a majority owner of the team, along with businessman Marc Lore, by 2024. Although he is involved in the organization, he still works as a studio analyst with FOX Sports and co-host of Sunday Night Baseball with KayRod on ESPN.
As it pertains to the National Football League, there were discussions as to whether Peyton Manning would be able to continue broadcasting select Monday Night Football games with his brother Eli if he was to gain a proprietary stake in the Denver Broncos. The deal never materialized though, and it was announced by The Walt Disney Company this week that the ManningCast will make its return for the 2023 NFL season.
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Mike Breen: My Dream Was to Be a DJ at WPLJ
“I enjoyed being on the air and talking. So my initial thought was, ‘I’m going to be a disc jockey.’”
These days, WPLJ in New York City is a Christian station owned by the Educational Media Foundation. When Mike Breen was a kid in Yonkers though, it was one of the most influential rock stations in America and the man who is now known as the voice of the NBA wanted to be on the air there.
On the latest edition of Dan Le Batard’s South Beach Sessions podcast, Breen revealed that he always loved sports. His first introduction to broadcasting though came from a neighbor named Tony Minecola. He was a few years older than Breen and studying to be a radio broadcaster in college.
“He built a radio station in his basement and played disc jockey,” Breen told Le Batard. “’He had commercials, records, you know, everything. Like it was a real radio station, only it only went from one room to the next. That was what he was into, and that’s what he was going to college for. And we used to hang out in the basement all the time. And one day he says, ‘Hey, why don’t you come in? You want to you want to be the DJ for a little bit?’ And I’m like, okay, let me try it.’ And I fell in love with it.”
Mike Breen didn’t just fall in love with the idea of radio. He saw it as a viable career and knew exactly where he wanted it to take him.
“I enjoyed being on the air and talking. So my initial thought was, ‘I’m going to be a disc jockey.’ WPLJ was like the big rock station in New York back at that time, and I thought, ‘I’m going to be a DJ on WPLJ.’ That was my first goal.
Through the 70s and early 80s, WPLJ was an album rock station. Some of its most iconic on air personalities included Carol Miller, Pat St. John, Fr. Bill Ayers, and Mark Goodman, who was eventually one of MTV’s original VJs.
Breen said he loved the rock music of the time, especially Jethro Tull and Bruce Springsteen, but he realized that a broadcasting career could keep him close to sports too.
Obviously, he chose well. That is not to say that he couldn’t have been a great DJ if given the chance, but he went on to be the voice of the New York Knicks and has called more NBA Finals games than anyone else in history.
WPLJ was out of the rock business by 1983 when it became a pop station.
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New Episodes of Beyond Limits Coming to CBS Sports
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi.
CBS Sports is set to premiere new episodes of its franchise Beyond Limits, which celebrates athletes who go beyond the implicit boundaries of sports and society. Three half-hour episodes will be hosted by CBS Sports reporter AJ Ross, and will also air on CBS’ linear channel and stream live on Paramount+.
The first episode of the season is titled “Who I Am,” and it will feature Byron Perkins, who is the first openly gay football player at a historically black college or university (HBCU). Perkins is a redshirt senior at Hampton University. The show will also discuss the relationship he has with his mother and how she has impacted him both as a person and an athlete.
Two more episodes will premiere throughout the season – one on making sports adaptable and accessible; and the other featuring athletes who have moved into executive roles. The latter show includes interviews with NBA Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars; New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development, Swin Cash; and NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent.
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi. Its first episode premieres on Sunday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. EST/10:30 a.m. PST, and should provide fans with unique storytelling and spotlight into the journeys of various key figures in sports and media alike.
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ESPN Colleagues Pay Tribute to Neil Everett
“It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett.”
Neil Everett has become one of the faces of SportsCenter. After 23 years at ESPN, he announced that he is leaving the network.
Colleagues at the World Wide Leader took to Twitter to share their thoughts. It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett. Chief among them was his SportsCenter partner of fourteen years, Stan Verrett.
If Root Sports Northwest requires references, there are plenty ESPN colleagues past and present that were immediately ready to vouch for Neil Everett.
Everett was not laid off. He turned down a new contract that would have forced him to take a pay cut.
The Walt Disney Company is in the middle of layoffs effecting every division. CEO Bob Iger has tasked his leaders with reducing costs by $5.5 billion and cutting 7000 jobs.