Tales from a Sports Booker: Q&A with NBC Sports Chicago’s Danni Wysocki

From covering the Winter Olympic games in South Korea to booking big names like Steph Curry and Vince Vaughn, Senior Booker and Newsroom Manager Danni Wysocki has a sports media dream job. She shares with me what makes a successful crossover athlete, an unforgettable Blackhawks Stanley Cup experience and then some: How did you get your start …

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Crossover Catch-Up: Tom Brady chugs beer & Ronda Rousey teaches her infamous ‘mean mug’

In this week's Crossover Catch-Up, athletes were on a more personal level. Appearances on talk shows, a country music duet and potential crossover opportunities - here is the rundown of this week's news: Ronda Rousey appeared on The Ellen Show to talk about making her big debut at WWE's WrestleMania. Less intimidating and more entertaining, Rousey taught Ellen …

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Crossover Chronicles: Dale Earnhardt Jr finds his checkered flag in the broadcast booth

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasted no time finding his path after retirement from NASCAR. Announcing that he would be an analyst for NBC Sports, tonight is the night when that journey for Earnhardt Jr. officially begins. As one of the most decorated athletes in NASCAR, here's why I think he will continue that success in the …

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Crossover Chronicles Podcast: Crossover Athletes with Not Your Demographic

On this second crossover episode of Crossover Chronicles: podcast edition, I join Alexis Meuche of Not Your Demographic to discuss two-sport athletes, crossing over from sport to another. We team up to discuss athletes making the move, what 'personality' means inside and outside of a sport, and the moves athletes make after retirement. Oh, and it wouldn't …

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My ticket to the Media Circus: Q&A with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch

Writer. Reporter. Editor. Podcaster. There are not enough words to describe the talent of my next Q&A guest. Richard Deitsch has done it all - and then some. Deitsch shares with me how he got his start at Sports Illustrated, his favorite piece (hint: Howie Young), his wise words to aspiring journalists (listen up) and then …

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Russell Wilson Adds ‘Mentor’ to his Resume

Seattle Seahawks quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson has a new venture debuting next month. Taking over for Jon Gruden's "QB Camp", Wilson's new ESPN series "SportCenter Special: QB2QB" will feature him mentoring top prospective NFL quarterbacks, including Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, J.T. Barrett and running back Saquon Barkley. Excited to Partner & Produce with @ESPN, …

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The closest I’ll get to meeting Jay Cutler: Why his reality TV debut is so important

Former Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler needs to make his return to TV. He teased us there for a quick second as he was set to make his analyst debut on Fox Sports as a color commentator (after his 'retirement' from the Bears and before his stint with the Dolphins). When news …

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From on-the-air back to the sidelines: Jon Gruden’s coaching return has clear advantages

After nine years of being the face and the voice of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" as an analyst, Jon Gruden is leaving the broadcast booth and heading back down to the sidelines as head coach for the Oakland Raiders. Being back in his element as a coach gives him and the Raiders an advantage, and …

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Crossover Catch-Up: Athletes ‘off-the-field’ and to the Oscars

For the sports world, the ESPY Awards are the equivalent to Hollywood's Academy Awards.  The two worlds joined forces last night and here's the rundown: "I, Tonya" was not the only thing skating into the night. Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu stunned on her first red carpet post-Bronze medal win as a gracious goddess in …

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