This was my reaction when I read David Feherty’s comments about why he’s leaving NBC to join LIV Golf.
I have said many times over the past few weeks at SI Media Podcast I couldn’t understand why all the golfers leaving the PGA Tour to sign up with LIV wouldn’t say, “I’m leaving for the money.” Instead, we got worthwhile explanations.
But the veteran golf analyst doesn’t play that game.When asked before Toledo Blade Why jump to LIV, Verti said, “Money.”
He said, “People don’t talk about it. I hear, ‘Well, it’s for game development.’ Thor. … They paid me a lot of money.”
Verti also cited the ability to have fewer restrictions on what he can say and the freer atmosphere in LIV to slip from NBC.
“A chance to be myself again,” Verti said. “It’s becoming more and more difficult, especially in sports broadcasting, to have any kind of personality. Charles Barkley can say pretty much anything he wants, because, ‘Oh, that’s just Charles.’ And he’s just Charles. But I’ve become more cautiously over the past few years.
“There are people waiting around every corner hoping to be offended by something. [Expletive] those people. Our lives are shaped by small groups of evil spirited people who don’t have a sense of humor. We are in danger of losing our patriotic sense of humor because of this.”
While I agree with that sentiment, it’s important to understand that the reason Charles Barkley is allowed to be Charles Barkley is because Turner Sports stands by him and doesn’t make a fake apology or comment every time someone feels offended by something Barkley says.
There is also an important difference in attitudes between Barkley and Faherty.
Verti deals with swaps. He’ll have a lot of money and can say whatever he wants without getting in trouble with LIV, but based on recent numbers, he’ll hardly be watching anyone.
2. A brand new episode of SI Media Podcast It dropped this morning. This week’s show includes two interviews plus a weekly “Intern Thoughts” segment.
First, ESPN’s Linda Cohen. Cohn, who recently re-signed with the network, talks about having been with ESPN for 30 years and cementing more Sports Centers than any other host on the show’s date. Cohn discusses how she got started in the field, being given an ultimatum after her first two years at ESPN, her love of hockey and so much more.
After Cohn, former WWE lead writer Brian Goertz joined the podcast. Gewirtz, who has a book coming out next week called There is only one problemHe shares stories from the time he wrote it Monday Night Raw From 1999 to 2012 and talks about what collaborations with The Rock, Mick Foley, Chris Jericho and others were like.
The podcast concludes with “Internship Thoughts.” This week, Sal Licata and I spoke from WFAN and SNY strong blowsa must-see talk show from ESPN and why you can’t take a nap in a row.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it to Apple, Spotify, and Google.
3. Just a reminder to fellow decadent gamblers out there: The Ravens are playing the Titans tonight. She won Baltimore in 20 pre-season games in a row. The Ravens have not lost an exhibition game since 2015.
4. Jared. Trent. Wall Streeters. Good morning football. Back and better than ever.
5. Mets anchor Keith Hernandez thought he was off the air during Wednesday’s game when he admitted he’s a huge fan of Shania Twain’s classic “Man! I feel like a woman! ”
6. Yankees analyst Cameron Maybin received a “phrases” error case during Wednesday’s game against the Mariners. Maybin and his co-playing partner, Ryan Rocco, must have known right away that Maybin’s drafting was a problem because they had been silent for nearly 20 seconds.
7. Today’s Random Video: CNBC Interview with Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter in 2017 appeared on Twitter Yesterday, and if you loved train wreck TV that was nothing but embarrassing, you’ll love watching this one.
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