Tonight in Unpacks: Fox’s No. 1 NFL crew regales “Sports Media Podcast” hosts Andrew Marchand and John Ourand with tales of broadcasting their first Super Bowl for the network, such as almost missing their first on-air appearance of the day or the role dinners with colleagues played in helping them bond with veteran reporters, producers and more.
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Liberty Media buys QuintEvents for $313 million
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IOC delays decision on sports to add for 2028 L.A. Games
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AAC passes on adding Oregon State, Washington State
Op-ed: Golf is embracing next generation of fan experiences
Ed Hartman joins Fanatics as head of media strategy
Rachel Axon joins SBJ for Olympics coverage
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IndyCar enlisting Endeavor's Karen Brodkin, Hillary Mandel to consult on media rights
U.S. Open setting attendance records as it becomes a cultural event
Disney-Charter spat affecting pro athletes' scouting efforts
RSN troubles bringing changes to Colorado, Pittsburgh markets
'ManningCast' going viral with Peyton, Eli's latest laugh-filled spot
ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen's retirement
Sports Media Pod: Fox's Burkhardt, Olsen are 'The Big Get'
The "Big Get" for this week's Sports Media Podcast is Fox Sports’ top NFL broadcast booth: Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen. They share stories with Andrew Marchand of the N.Y. Post and SBJ's John Ourand about taking over the No. 1 crew spot from Joe Buck and Troy Aikman ... and do more than acknowledge the looming specter of Tom Brady taking over as Fox's top NFL analyst next season, even if Olsen looked askance at the Brady Meter.
But Marchand and Ourand first analyze why all Disney networks -- including ESPN -- went dark on Charter’s Spectrum cable systems on Aug. 31, affecting close to 15 million subscribers. The outcome of this deal has tentacles well beyond just ESPN and Charter. They also identify the NFL media storylines they will be following most closely this season. And they discuss Chris Fowler’s Instagram video explaining why he made several mistakes announcing a recent college football game.
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In today’s FOX Sports Insider with Martin Rogers: We all know Patrick Mahomes is great, and just like Tom Brady, he is becoming hard to dislike … After sneaking into the playoffs last year, the Giants are going to lean on Daniel Jones to deliver again this year … and more!
Patrick Mahomes is mature. Patrick Mahomes is a role model. Patrick Mahomes is a football craftsman. Patrick Mahomes is a gifted athlete. Patrick Mahomes is a future Hall of Famer. Patrick Mahomes is, almost overwhelming evidence appears to suggest, an extremely nice guy.
And yet, because football is what it is and it turns our minds a certain kind of way, there is one final truth about the Kansas City Chiefs' two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Patrick Mahomes, for much of America, when football games begin, becomes unlikeable.
This is what football does to us, see? With a new season thankfully on the doorstep after all those months of waiting around, reality hits that a really, truly, good dude is about to become the bad guy.
As the Chiefs prepare for a curtain-raising Thursday night clash against the Detroit Lions, fans across America will be getting ready to do what they'll do each and every time Kansas City plays this year: Root for them to lose.
There is one reason and one reason only to cheer against Mahomes. Quite simply, he has done too much of exactly what he is paid to do; win football games and compete successfully for championships.
He is the guy who crushes dreams and does it with a smile on his face. The guy who takes seemingly impossible deficits and erases them in the blink of an eye. Who performs feats of athletic improbability and makes them look easy, even when he is athletically impaired.
And who feels like the biggest individual obstacle standing in the way of your favorite team and the ultimate thrill of winning a Super Bowl.
Philadelphia Eagles at (+4) New England Patriots: Patriots to win outright or lose by 3.5 points or less
From FOX Sports Betting Analyst: Geoff Schwartz
I'm higher on the Patriots than most because they hired an actual offensive coordinator in Bill O'Brien. While it's fair to note he's an awful general manager, he's been a good play-caller during his career. Whether being the head coach at Penn State or the Houston Texans, or the play-caller at Alabama, his offenses have been efficient and productive.
New England's offense will be far better with him calling plays for QB Mac Jones, who is entering Year 3. Remember, the Patriots made the playoffs in 2021 with a competent play-caller and Jones as a rookie running the huddle.
Lastly, the Super Bowl hangover is real, and the loser of that game has covered in only three of the past 10 opening weekend games. Philadelphia opening at New England is a terribly tough matchup for the runner-ups. I think the Pats cover.