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Tony Romo responds to his critics

Tony Romo in a suit

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Television announcer Tony Romo following the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It was not that long ago that Tony Romo was viewed as the best and most informed color commentator in the NFL, but the former Dallas Cowboys star faced some criticism over his approach this past season. He insists he is not letting that bother him.

In an interview with Connor Toole of Bro Bible that was published on Monday, Romo was asked if he has consciously made any significant changes since he began his broadcasting career five years ago. He said he is always trying to evolve and offered a theory on why more people have criticized him now that he has been in the announcing game for a while.

“At first, they’d mostly tell me how much they love to listen to me and all these positives, so it’s fun,” Romo said. “When you’re young and you come out and you’re good, then you’re dealing with more expectations. You find out some people don’t like you and some people want you to do things differently and do this and that instead.”

Romo added that he “can’t please everyone” and said he feels the critics have just been more vocal than his supporters now that he has been around for a while.

“The thing is, the people who really love you aren’t gonna keep going out of their way to say, ‘I love you.’ They’re not going to keep tweeting ‘he’s the best’ every week, right?” Romo said. “So, that goes away and then you hear more negative stuff, but that’s just noise.”

What Romo did not address is the recent report that his bosses at CBS have some concerns about him. CBS executives supposedly staged an intervention of sorts last offseason to try to make sure Romo was better prepared in 2022.

One longtime sports media executive had some unflattering things to say about Romo a few months ago. Many have since followed suit with similar critiques. Some viewers feel that Romo’s analysis has become less detailed and insightful.

Romo has a massive contract with CBS, so the network has to find a way to make it work with him.

H/T Awful Announcing

Tom Brady reveals when he plans to start broadcasting for FOX

Tom Brady after a game

Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady has revealed when he plans to begin his broadcasting career with FOX.

Brady appeared on “The Herd” on Monday and was asked by host Colin Cowherd about his broadcasting future. The retired quarterback revealed that he plans to take a year off before beginning his FOX tenure in 2024.

“I want to be great at what I do. Talking last week with the people of FOX Sports and the leadership there, allowing me to start my FOX opportunity in the fall of 2024 is something that’s great for me,” Brady said. “Take some time to really learn, become great at what I want to do, thinking about the opportunity and making sure I don’t rush into anything.”

Brady’s decision means Greg Olsen will get at least one more year as part of the No. 1 team. It also means Brady will enter the booth just in time to call the Super Bowl in his first year, as FOX has the rights for the 2024 season.

Even before he retired, Brady had signed a $375 million deal with FOX to go into broadcasting. While some doubted whether he would ever actually follow through, he sounds genuinely enthusiastic about it. Setting a target date will only demonstrate that he remains serious about it, and will presumably spend 2023 studying and learning the craft ahead of his debut.

Report: CBS has 1 big concern about Tony Romo

Tony Romo in a suit

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Television announcer Tony Romo following the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo has not quite been as popular among viewers recently as he was at the start of his time as a CBS Sports broadcaster. Apparently, the network is not only well aware of that, but even saw it coming.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post suggested on “The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast” that CBS executives staged an intervention with Romo last offseason to try to make sure the broadcaster was better-prepared this season. Ultimately, that effort was unsuccessful.

“Tony Romo needs to study more,” Marchand said, as transcribed by Sean Keeley of Awful Announcing. “He needs to be better prepared. As you move away from the sidelines, you need to do more work. I know CBS is aware of this. They tried an intervention last offseason. They knew, they anticipated this. That’s a credit to them, the people in charge there. But it has not gotten better.”

Romo got some criticism from one longtime sports media executive a few months ago that seemed isolated at the time, but has been echoed more recently. While many still appreciate his enthusiasm, some viewers certainly feel that his actual analysis has become less detailed and insightful.

If CBS is not happy with Romo’s work, they will have to fix it, since they are locked into paying him a lot of money for years to come.

Will Tom Brady join FOX for Super Bowl coverage?

Tom Brady looks ahead

Sep 20, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady stunned the NFL world on Wednesday when he announced his retirement, and many are wondering why the star quarterback did not wait until after the Super Bowl to share the big news. Could his future career at FOX have something to do with that?

If so, the network is reportedly out of the loop. TMZ reports that executives at FOX Sports were unaware that Brady planned to retire on Wednesday. While Brady is still expected to join FOX Sports as an NFL analyst at some point, there are no plans in place to join the network’s Super Bowl coverage next week.

FOX’s top duo of play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt and color analyst Greg Olsen will call the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles. It is still possible that Brady could be a part of the coverage in some capacity, but that will likely be up to him.

A report several months ago claimed Brady could have a prominent role in Super Bowl coverage if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were not playing in the game.

Brady has a massive agreement in place with FOX. Barring a change of plans, he will join the network at some point. It would make sense for Super Bowl coverage to be the place to start, especially now that we know he is done playing in the NFL.

CBS made bizarre graphics screw-up about Super Bowl date

Jim Nantz speaking

February 11, 2019; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; American sportscaster Jim Nantz on the 18th hole during the conclusion of the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The conclusion was delayed due to weather and darkness. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The CBS halftime show during the AFC Championship made a bit of a glaring mistake when previewing the remainder of the NFL playoff schedule on Sunday.

Some viewers noticed that CBS’ graphic was very wrong when it came to the correct Super Bowl date. It was listed as being on February 29, a date which does not even exist this year.

For reference, the Super Bowl is actually on February 12, two weeks from Sunday as usual. Perhaps the graphic was previously used to highlight the date of Sunday’s conference championship games and the mistake just slipped in, but either way, someone probably should have caught that.

Despite the weird mistake, the CBS halftime show managed to be a lot less chaotic than last year’s. At least they can point to that outcome.

Sean Payton trending toward surprising decision?

Sean Payton looks ahead

Aug 9, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton has spoken with multiple teams about head coach jobs, and he does not appear to be in a rush to make a decision. Perhaps that is because he is not quite ready for a career change.

Payton interviewed with the Carolina Panthers on Monday, according to Jeff Duncan of He has a meeting scheduled with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. Payton was expected to have a second interview with the Denver Broncos this week, but Duncan says that has been delayed.

Duncan, who is as plugged-in as anyone with matters related to Payton, believes it could be a bad sign for interested teams that Payton is dragging out the process. That might indicate that Payton is leaning toward remaining with FOX.

That is not the first we have heard of Payton possibly passing on all available coaching jobs. The 59-year-old has said he enjoys his gig working as an analyst for FOX, which is why he will likely wait for the perfect head coach opportunity. If he doesn’t view the Broncos, Panthers or Cardinals as the right fit, there will be plenty of interest in him again a year from now.

Payton has reportedly been recruited hard by one star quarterback, but it is unclear whether that has impacted his thoughts on coaching in 2023.

Longtime Knicks radio voice fired after harassment allegations

The outside of Madison Square Garden

Jan 17, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view outside Madison Square Garden prior to the start of the game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Brendan Brown is officially out as the radio voice of the New York Knicks.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports Monday that the longtime Knicks radio analyst Brown has been fired by MSG Networks. The decision comes amid allegations of verbal harassment against Brown that were looked into by the network’s HR department, Marchand adds.

“MSG Networks and Brendan Brown have decided to part company,” a spokesman for the network said in a statement. “For the remainder of the season, various personalities, including former Knick John Wallace, will serve as the Knicks radio analyst on the MSG Radio Network on ESPN.”

Brown, who is the son of legendary coach and commentator Hubie Brown, had worked as MSG Networks’ Knicks radio voice on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. He joined the network back in 2008. Marchand notes that Brown had previously served as a regional advance scout for the Knicks from 2006 to 2008 and also had scouting roles with both the Memphis Grizzlies and the Detroit Pistons.

After beloved Knicks commentator John Andariese (a.k.a “Johnny Hoops”) retired in 2012, Brown took over for him on a full-time basis. Brown was off the air for the last several Knicks games however and now has officially been terminated. It isn’t the first time in recent weeks either that a Knicks analyst has made the headlines.

Joe Buck sent great tweet ahead of 49ers-Cowboys game

Joe Buck smiles

Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; FOX analyst Joe Buck before the NFC Divisional Playoff football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Buck sent a great tweet on Sunday ahead of the NFC Divisional Round playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.

The ESPN announcer said he was in line at a Starbucks in St. Louis and was asked by a fan if he was calling the Cowboys-49ers playoff game later that day. The fan probably associated Buck with NFC playoff games and forgot that a) Buck is now with ESPN and b) the game was being played in Santa Clara, Calif.

Buck apparently played along with the question.

“A guy in line at Starbucks this am (in Stl) asked me if I was doing the Cowboys game today in SF. Obviously I said “yes, oh sh!!!”, and ran to my car. Won’t he be surprised?!!” Buck tweeted.

That’s pretty great.

Buck and Troy Aikman partnered to call some of the biggest NFL playoff games over the last two decades. The 49ers-Cowboys game would have been the exact kind of game they would have called as FOX’s No. 1 announcing team. But the two moved from FOX to ESPN last year to become the “Monday Night Football” announcers, which means their season ended after the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

It’s unfortunate for fans not to have the Aikman-Buck duo calling major playoff games, but at least we get them on “Monday Night Football.” And at least Buck has a sense of humor about matters.

Shannon Sharpe issues apology for incident with Grizzlies

Shannon Sharpe smiling

Jan 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos former tight end Shannon Sharpe in attendance against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Shannon Sharpe got into an altercation with some Memphis Grizzlies players during the team’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, and the Hall of Fame tight end has now issued an apology.

Sharpe was sitting courtside at Staples Center when he got into a shouting match and exchanged profanities with Grizzlies stars Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant. The 54-year-old also yelled in the direction of Morant’s father, Tee Morant. Sharpe needed to be brought back to the locker room area to diffuse the situation. You can see videos of the altercation here.

At the start of Monday’s episode of “Undisputed” on FOX Sports 1, Sharpe spent several minutes apologizing for the incident involving him that took place at Staples Center.

“I want to apologize for my behavior. I’ve preached for the last six-and-a-half years responsibility and accountability, and I take full responsibility for what transpired,” Sharpe said. “It does not matter what Dillon Brooks said or how many times he said it. Me having the platform I have and having so many people look up to me, I was wrong. I should have lowered the temperature in the arena. Instead, I turned the temperature up and I let it get out of hand.”

Sharpe did not seem apologetic when he spoke with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin immediately following the incident. He admitted he talked trash to Brooks and told the Grizzlies star he is too small to guard LeBron James. Sharpe said Brooks fired back by telling Sharpe “f— you” and heading toward the TV host.

After taking some time to think about it, Sharpe says he realized he was wrong.

“Shannon Sharpe should have been mentioned as someone who was at the game, not someone that let his emotions run hot and get out of hand during the game,” Sharpe added.

You can see the full apology below:

The altercation occurred during halftime, and Sharpe was allowed to return to his seat in the third quarter. He was then shown clearing the air with Tee Morant.

Sharpe would be one of the first to condemn a fan for getting into it with players, which is another reason people criticized him for the behavior. To his credit, the apology seemed sincere.

LIV Golf reportedly set to announce TV broadcast deal

Greg Norman at a LIV Golf event

Sep 3, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Greg Norman CEO of LIV Golf before the second round of the LIV Golf tournament at The International. Mandatory Credit: Richard Cashin-USA TODAY Sports

LIV Golf has reportedly secured a television broadcast deal heading into its second season.

Analyst David Feherty was hosting his comedy show at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., last week when he leaked to the audience that LIV is close to finalizing a broadcast partnership with The CW. According to A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports, the multi-year deal is expected to be announced in the coming days.

LIV will continue to stream events on YouTube and DAZN like it did in its inaugural season last year, but events will also be shown on The CW. The Saudi-backed league has also continued to have negotiations about a separate streaming deal.

The CW is the fifth-largest broadcast network in the United States. LIV had talks with a bigger network last year, but there were some conflicting reports about what that potential deal would entail.

One major streaming service reportedly turned LIV down for being “too toxic.

LIV’s second season will begin on Feb. 24 with its first ever tournament in Mexico.