Saturday, March 25, 2023

Bob Reisman: Fox Sports bet big that Tom Brady would shine in the booth

Bob Reisman: Fox Sports Bet Big That Tom Brady Would Shine In The Booth

Fox Sports (to date) Books quarterback with Tom Brady’s 10-year, $375 million deal, and Cinch Hall of Famer, its No. 1 NFL analyst with great unknowns.

Like when will Brady finally leave the playground and enter the booth?

Or is Fox Sports Suits ending wheeling and dealing?

Much of the reaction to Foxis’ bold move is about whether Brady, who has mostly shown his stoic side using the economy of words during his 22 years of meetings with the media, has the personality, the likeness factor of every person, and the like. Verbal skills to handle the kind of high-wire (no net) act?

Brady will likely be working with play-by-play man Kevin Burkhart, a steady voice. Yet given Fox Sports’ unconventional history, what’s to stop the Foxies from visiting the three-person booth? Brady will be placed in a more conversational setting. partner? For additional discussion, Fox can call on one of Brady’s security blankets in New England: Rob Gronkowski, who has already worked for Fox. Or Julian Edelman, who has already made some noise on Paramount + “Inside the NFL.”

Although it was subordinated to its original executive team, Fox Sports once assembled one of the most talented 3-man NFL broadcast teams to grace the small screen when it hired Joe Buck, Troy Ackman to replace John Madden. and introduced the trio of Chris Collinsworth. Pat Summerall in 2002. Ackman, Buck and Collinsworth lasted three entertaining years. If the foxes think a 3-person will increase Brady’s chances of succeeding, they shouldn’t hesitate to use it.

While much of the fallout on the mega contract has focused on whether Brady has the potential to thrive, will the gig be what he hopes for? This is a full time job. It’s not about being stupid. To be successful at such a high level, one must have a strong desire to do intense preparation for the game. To get to know the two teams inside-out every week. It’s a seven-month grind; Not seven months to take a break for a round of golf. Brady will be hard pressed for Tony Romo to get through the gig. Expectations from Brady will be high.

The easy answer to any motivational concern is money. The reported $37.5 million per year should be enough to put Brady’s nose on the grindstone. Then again, Brady already has the big money and the lifestyle that goes with it. More millions can’t change it much. The thing that tickled Brady, his love of competition and competition, would disappear the moment he stopped playing football and started talking about it. Making a good point, recognized by his Fox crew or some gasbag in Boston, won’t compare, or produce the same level of excitement, or adrenaline rush, driving his team to a game-winning score. Is.

In the broadcast booth, there is no winner or loser. No thrilling victories or heartbreaking defeats. No victory celebration. Don’t jump into the arms of your creator. This is a completely subjective business, which is increasingly influenced by the inhabitants of social media. Once Brady takes over the microphone, he’ll pronounce the verdict. The days of taking the game into your own hands are over. He must also come to terms with the fact that he’s technically a member of the media corps he never really trusted.

And unlike the suit he’ll work for, Brady isn’t going to get excited by a game he airs to get monster ratings. Voices don’t move the rating needle. Do matchups. Brady is a prestige buy for Fox. That gives Fox something that the NFL’s other TV partners don’t have, a player considered by many to be the greatest quarterback to ever play. Still, even with the money and Brady’s golden image, there are enormous risks involved for both Fox and Brady.

If he flops, like the other superstars (Joe Montana and Jason Witten) have, the word embarrassment won’t be strong enough. It will mark one of the few occasions when Brady has failed miserably on a big stage. As for the foxes, the proven practitioners they developed, Aikman and Buck jump to ESPN, opening the door for Brady’s failure to be amplified by them. In doing so, Fox is betting $375 million that the starshine of Brady’s brand will shine inside a broadcast booth.

no-no naming names

YES After calling off the Yankees’ 1-0 win over the Rangers on Monday afternoon, in which Nestor Cortés took a no-hitter in the eighth inning, Michael Kay complained about the negative reaction to his ESPN-98.7 gabfest, referring to they had received to do. The Bombers pitcher was going a no-no. It was no surprise. Superstitious people believe that referring to a voice can result in a no-hits quote. And Kay, thin-skinned, reacted to most of the criticism and directed his own way. Still, there was a strange twist. Kay said there are other current baseball voices who practice superstition, going out of their way to keep a no-hitter a secret. Who? That Kay wouldn’t reveal the “culprit” was hopeless. He should have named it. Isn’t Kay’s job to make the audience aware? Unfortunately not on this occasion.

super role of tom

When Tom Brady’s deal with Fox went public, speculation raged that the quarterback — if Tampa Bay doesn’t make it to Super Bowl LVII — would have a role in the network’s coverage of the February 12 event. Imagination will succeed, but Brady will not be in the booth. “It will also be a huge risk for Fox,” said an industry source. “How long is the pregame show? Fox will get a role for Tom leading up to the game itself.” Fox Sports, meanwhile, should have a bigger budget if it pays Brady $375 million over 10 years. Yet since the company said it would also use Brady as an “ambassador,” especially for “customer and promotional initiatives,” his salary is coming in outside the budget of a few different Fox divisions.

around the dial

Watching Yankees baseball, if you can find it, is like watching a game show. Viewers can tune in (if they know where to tune in) and watch Aaron Judge play for that big cash prize. Yes it should be turned into a reality show. This could also include wacky GMs just talking about those “fraudulent” Astros. … In the middle of the second/3rd period of Game 4 on MSG, Heinrich Lundqvist painted a blunt picture of the Rangers’ performance, saying: “They were paralyzed on their own end. It was hard to watch.” tough stuff. … Sean Marks The state’s unaffiliated Nets news conference is a must-watch Wednesday. So was Michael Wilbon’s assessment of Brooklyn’s dysfunction on ESPN’s NBA Countdown a few hours later. An annoyed Wilbon basically said GM was talking jive. And unless he gives the words to Kyrie Irving directly, nothing he says is to be believed. Ouch! … When FAN’s Craig Carton isn’t claiming he cracked a story, he’s flailing about another potential job opportunity. It’s all so self-absorbed.


Dude of the Week: Jahan Dotson

The Washington commanders’ first-round pick set an example that would resonate with young people. He sought and received permission from Penn State to leave rookie camp to attend graduation. Washington coach Ron Rivera advised him to participate.

Weekend: Noah Syndergaard

for back-tracking. If the Angels pitcher is going to put out his hot take (it was about the Mets) on social media in real time, he doesn’t need to modify the intent. Apology accepted. We all make silly remarks sometimes.

double talk

what Aaron Judge Said: “I’m just doing what I do.”

what Aaron Judge Meant to say: “I’m doing what I do, but there’s a lot of money at stake.”


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