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LIV Golf disputes FOX report

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

A report this week claimed that LIV Golf is nearing a deal with FOX to air its events, but the Saudi-backed league insists that is untrue.

Golfweek reported on Tuesday that LIV has almost completed a deal with FOX to pay the network for air time and have LIV events broadcast on FOX Sports 1. LIV would also be responsible for all production costs and selling advertisement.

LIV Golf issued a statement on Wednesday calling the Golfweek report “incomplete and inaccurate.”

“As we have stated previously, LIV Golf is just beginning its process and is in active discussions with several companies about broadcasting the LIV Golf League,” the statement said, via The Associated Press. “We caution that no one should draw any conclusions about potential media rights given that we are still in the middle of negotiations with several outlets.”

LIV CEO and commissioner Greg Norman said earlier this month that the league was negotiating with four different networks about potential TV rights deals. It is possible that those negotiations are still ongoing. LIV executives probably also do not like the optics of the public knowing they may have to pay a TV network to air their events. Typically, the network pays for the rights to air sporting events, not the other way around.

LIV events have only been streamed online thus far. The league is in desperate need of TV exposure, which is why it would not be a surprise if they pay FOX for it. One streaming service reportedly turned down LIV for being “too toxic,” so their options seem limited.

Report: LIV Golf near deal to buy air time on FOX

Greg Norman in a hat

Jul 1, 2022; Portland, Oregon, USA; Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, looks on during the second round of the LIV Golf tournament at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

A major factor in LIV Golf achieving success as a rival to the PGA Tour is their ability to generate revenue through a TV package. Though LIV has yet to find a TV home, they may be close to securing a temporary arrangement.

Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch reported on Tuesday that LIV Golf is nearing a deal with FOX to air its events. However, unlike most TV deals where the network pays to air the sporting event, LIV would be paying FOX for the air time.

In addition to paying for its air time, LIV would be responsible for all production costs and selling advertisement.

The one benefit to LIV is that FOX reportedly offered to re-evaluate the network’s TV placement of LIV events in the future.

LIV having to buy air time reflects poorly upon the league and could result in some initial embarrassment, but such a move is not unusual for new leagues. The Alliance of American Football (AAF) bought air time during its only season in 2018.

Additionally, Peter Kostis pointed out that the Ryder Cup paid for air time before being able to receive a rights fee.

LIV Golf reportedly negotiated with Apple but was turned down because they were deemed “too toxic.”

LIV Golf has streamed its events online this year, which is its first ever season. They have numerous top players under contract, such as Dustin Johnson, Cam Smith, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.

FOX has Joe Buck to thank for Penn State-Purdue 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

FOX got to air a solid Big Ten matchup on Thursday night between Penn State and Purdue. And they have Joe Buck and ESPN to thank for the game.

Buck had one year left on his contract with FOX but wanted to leave once his longtime broadcasting partner Troy Aikman took a job with ESPN. FOX decided to let Buck out of his contract, but they did receive some compensation from ESPN.

ESPN allowed FOX to select one game before them that FOX wanted to air this college football season. According to Sports Business Journal, FOX selected the Penn State-Purdue game.

There originally was speculation that FOX took the Ohio State-Notre Dame game. But that game must have been too big for ESPN to give up. It will air on prime time on ABC.

The Penn State-Purdue game is airing nationally for FOX on Thursday night.

As for Aikman, he opted out of his contract with FOX to become a free agent, which is why ESPN did not have to trade anything to get him. They only had to pay the low, low price of $90 million to land the former Cowboys quarterback.

Urban Meyer lands familiar new role

Urban Meyer in a dress shirt

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is returning to broadcasting at a familiar network.

FOX on Friday announced its broadcasting lineup for the fall. Their announcement listed Meyer as one of the analysts for the upcoming college football season.

Meyer will once again join FOX’s “Big Noon Kickoff” pregame show, which he was a part of in 2019 and 2020 prior to leaving for Jacksonville. Along with Meyer, the show will include a familiar cast of Rob Stone, Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart. Bob Stoops took over for Meyer in 2021, but has since left to coach in the XFL.

A return to broadcasting for Meyer was not a huge surprise. In May, a report revealed that Meyer was in negotiations to return to FOX for their college football coverage.

While Meyer was widely praised for his job as an analyst on the network, it may be difficult for some to welcome him back given his rocky tenure with the Jaguars. There were plenty of unflattering reports and situations involving Meyer during his stint in Jacksonville, which lasted less than one season.

Whether it was a viral video with a young woman at a bar, or that he reportedly had no clue who Aaron Donald and other well-known NFL stars were, Meyer may find it tough to regain the credibility he had during his first go-round at FOX.

FOX Sports hires ex-ESPN reporter

Allison Williams ESPN

Former ESPN reporter Allison Williams has landed at FOX Sports.

Williams will work as a sideline reporter for select college football broadcasts. She suggested she will be working alongside Jason Benetti and Brock Huard.

“I am beyond thrilled and so grateful to be joining FOX Sports’ coverage of College Football this fall,” Williams told Bobby Burack of OutKick. “Having to step away from the sport and profession I love this past year has re-affirmed and reinvigorated the passion I have for this job.

Williams had previously done college football and college basketball games for ESPN. She departed the network last year after its decision to institute a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Williams had previously announced that she would not work games due to her decision to remain unvaccinated.

FOX apologizes for offensive Yankees-Red Sox graphic

FOX graphic of 911 memorial

The New York Yankees had a decisive 14-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, but the game was overshadowed for some by a distasteful graphic to lead into a commercial break during the FOX broadcast.

During the “Baseball Night in America” broadcast, FOX superimposed the two teams’ logos onto an aerial shot of the memorial pools at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site.

After plenty of social media backlash during and after the game, the network on Sunday issued an apology for use of the graphic.

“During last night’s telecast, we used poor judgment on the use of a graphic,” a Fox Sports spokesman said in a statement sent to USA TODAY Sports. “We sincerely apologize and regret the decision.”

The memorial pools are the focal points of the September 11 Memorial site. The pools sit where the North and South Towers once stood. Both pools contain the largest manmade waterfalls in North America, and have inscriptions of the names of the 2,983 people who died in the 2001 and 1993 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. The memorial opened on September 11, 2011, exactly a decade after the attacks.

FOX officially names Troy Aikman replacement for NFL games

Troy Aikman in a suit

Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL Half of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

FOX had to replace both members of its top NFL broadcasting team after Joe Buck and Troy Aikman left for ESPN, and the two seats have now officially been filled.

In a press release on Tuesday, FOX announced that Kevin Burkhardt has taken over for Buck as the play-by-play announcer and former NFL tight end Greg Olsen will serve as the network’s No. 1 in-game analyst. That means Olsen will call the Super Bowl in just his second year with FOX. He expressed his excitement on Twitter.

It is also noteworthy that the FOX announcement included sideline reporter Erin Andrews. There was some talk that she might leave the network, as she was openly disappointed that Buck and Aikman took jobs with ESPN.

Olsen may not be FOX’s top analyst for very long. That job is waiting for Tom Brady after the quarterback agreed to a massive deal with the network. Though, no one knows if Brady will retire after the 2022 season or continue playing.

Even if Olsen only gets one year as the No. 1 analyst with FOX, the opportunity was too good to pass up.

Fellow ex-QB competing with Drew Brees for FOX analyst job?

Drew Brees in a suit

Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees waves to fans on the sidelines before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees has been mentioned as a potential candidate for a big NFL broadcasting job that recently opened up, but he may have some competition from another former quarterback.

FOX has yet to name a No. 2 broadcast team for NFL games. Kevin Burkhardt was moved to the No. 1 play-by-play role after Joe Buck and Troy Aikman left for ESPN, and Greg Olsen is expected to join him. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Mark Sanchez is among those receiving consideration for FOX’s second team.

Joe Davis will likely be the play-by-play announcer on FOX’s No. 2 team, but there have been a few candidates mentioned for the color commentator job. Brees is one of them. He is still technically under contract with NBC, but there have been reports that the network does not want him back. Brees recently hinted at a potential NFL return, though that may be farfetched for the 43-year-old.

Sanchez left ESPN for a job at FOX last year, and Marchand says producers were impressive with the former New York Jets quarterback. FOX’s No. 2 analyst job is significant, as it comes with the network’s second-best regular season game every week and some playoff games. Sanchez would certainly love to be given a shot.

FOX reportedly decides on Tom Brady’s broadcast stand-in

Tom Brady puts up his hand

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady will take on the role of lead NFL analyst for FOX Sports once he retires. Until then, a former Pro Bowler will handle those duties.

FOX has agreed to a deal with longtime Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen to serve as lead analyst until Brady retires, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. Olsen will be paired with lead play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt, and the two will also call the Super Bowl together next February.

Olsen always seemed to be the favorite for the role. He and Burkhardt were paired together as the No. 2 broadcast team for FOX last season and received positive reviews. In fact, Olsen was reportedly given a long look for the full-time No. 1 role before FOX agreed to its deal with Brady.

Olsen’s promotion opens up a spot on FOX’s No. 2 team, at least temporarily. There will be plenty of speculation linking another high profile ex-player with that role, in all likelihood.

Sean Payton reportedly lands TV job

Sean Payton on the sideline

Aug 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on during the second half against Jacksonville Jaguars at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton has been exploring jobs in the media since he stepped down as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, and it sounds like he now has a deal in place for one.

Payton has accepted a job with FOX for the 2022 season, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. He will work as a studio analyst and likely fill as part of the “FOX NFL Sunday” crew when Jimmy Johnson is out.

Payton was also pursued by Amazon.

The assumption is that Payton probably signed a one-year pact with FOX. Many people believe the 58-year-old is merely taking a year off from coaching and will want to return next season. A recent report claimed a Saints rival is planning to make a run at Payton next year.