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Volume 25 No. 66
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Media Notes

Patriots QB Tom Brady appeared on ABC’s "GMA" today, with the net's Michael Strahan saying fans “get to see the real you” in Brady's "Tom vs. Time" series on Facebook Watch. Strahan: “Everybody has this perception of you as a football player and everyone thinks they know Tom Brady, but they know you as player. ... How was it for you to put your kids on TV?” Brady: “I got to share a lot of things that a lot of fans never get chance to see." He added it was a “great decision” to do the documentary “because so many people have come up and said, ‘Thanks for doing that it, it was really cool to see’” ("GMA," ABC, 3/12). 

PERSONALITY TEST: In N.Y., Bob Raissman wrote ESPN execs "thought they had major personalities" in Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, but what they found out is that it is "hard being a personality." When "SC6" began "morphing into a more news driven product, its ratings began going up." The "only compelling personality ESPN has, the only one who can move the needle, is Stephen A. Smith" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/11). Smith signed off from his final "SC6" episode on Friday by saying, "That's it for 'SportsCenter.' The honor was mine, ladies and gentlemen" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 3/9).

TERMS OF SERVICE: The AP's Ronald Blum cited sources as saying that MLB "will receive" $30-35M for the league's new deal to broadcast 25 weekday afternoon games exclusively on Facebook Watch (AP, 3/10).