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James Brown: ‘I Challenge the NFL Community and All Men’ to Confront Domestic Violence

BrownDuring the pregame to CBS’ first NFL Thursday night game this week, studio announcer James Brown had a message for both the NFL and men in light of the ongoing Ray Rice suspension fallout.

“I challenge the NFL community and all men to seriously confront the problem of domestic violence,” Brown said during CBS’ pregame show.

“This problem is bigger than football…but wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, can be channeled, to truly here and address the long suffering cries for help of so many women, and as they said, do something about it?”

Brown went on to address longstanding discriminating sports vernacular against women, like, “you throw the ball like a girl,” as being part of the problem (watch after the jump). Brown, a longtime sports broadcaster, recently shared with us his first big break in the business.

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With Ray Rice News, James Brown and Scott Pelley Kick-Off Thursday Night Football

PelleyBrownInstead of Rihanna and Jay-Z opening CBS’s premiere Thursday Night Football, CBS’s James Brown and Scott Pelley did the honors.

“Circumstances surrounding the evolving Ray Rice story is where we must begin,” Brown said at the top of the 7:30pmET pre-show, then tossing to “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley in New York who updated viewers on the case.

CBS had planned to run a segment featuring Rihanna singing the Jay Z song “Run This Town,” but that was cut in lieu of the Rice news. A few minutes later, “CBS This Morning” anchor Norah O’Donnell joined Brown on set in Baltimore. O’Donnell interviewed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week, but since then new news has come out that Rice told Goodell he hit his then-fiancee, that February night in Atlantic City, videotaped evidence of which thrust the story back on the front page this week.

As for CBS’ first Thursday Night Football (8-11pmET), the network is thrilled with the ratings outcome. The overnight ratings show a primetime household rating/share of 12.9/22, +215% higher than the comparable CBS primetime programming a year ago. This was CBS’ best primetime Thursday delivery since May 18, 2006.

Tim Tebow Joins ‘Good Morning America’ as Contributor

TebowRobertsWith football dominating much of the news this week, “Good Morning America” is adding another former NFL star to its roster.

Tim Tebow will join “GMA” as a contributor on Monday, September 15, the network announced today. Tebow will launch the “Motivate Me Monday” series for the morning show, spotlighting individuals and their “amazing stories of triumph,” according to the network.

The former Florida Gator, who is also an analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network, will appear in-studio and in towns across America as part of the “GMA” series.  Tebow’s addition adds to the morning show’s athletic ranks. Former New York Giants star—and co-host of “Live! with Kelly and Michael”—Michael Strahan joined the show earlier this year.

Roger Goodell: ‘I Don’t Know How TMZ or Any Other Website Gets Their Information’

GoodellIn an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Norah O’Donnell, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed how TMZ—and not the NFL—got its hands on elevator footage showing Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee.

“I don’t know how TMZ or any other website gets their information,” Goodell said. “We are particularly reliant on law enforcement, that’s the most reliable, that’s the most credible, and we don’t seek to get that information from sources that are not credible.”  Goodell said the NFL asked for the same videotape TMZ secured on “several occasions.” He also didn’t rule out the possibility of Ray Rice returning to the NFL in the future.

Last night, TMZ executive producer Harvey Levin told Greta Van Susteren he doubted Goodell’s defense.  ”Why on earth does he not think the casino [where the incident occurred] video, which is the basis for what the police have in the first place; why does he suggest that the casino isn’t as credible as the police? The police got it from the casino.”

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My First Big Break: James Brown

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To borrow a football term, CBS Sports NFL studio host James Brown‘s first big break was a bit of a hail mary. At a 1970s audition to announce for the then-NBA Washington Bullets, Brown took it upon himself to land a big interview. “They were impressed that I brought the team star over on his day off and conducted a pretty decent interview,” Brown told us.

Even with the occasional on-air fumble along the way, Brown has never become complacent. “I still work just as hard now, if not harder, as I did back then getting started.” Beginning tomorrow, James Brown adds hosting “NFL Thursday Night Kickoff” to his CBS schedule.

CBS News Gets First Roger Goodell Interview on Ray Rice Suspension

GoodellCBS News cut into local programming at 5pmET today with Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell to announce her exclusive interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice‘s indefinite suspension. Excerpts will air tonight on “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” with the full interview airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”

O’Donnell told Schieffer she asked the commissioner if he or the NFL had known about or seen the TMZ video released yesterday showing Rice beating his wife. “We had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the elevator,” Goodell told O’Donnell. “We assumed there was a video, we asked for video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity.” The commissioner said the NFL had tried on multiple occasions to obtain the video, but was unsuccessful.

Janay Rice Speaks, Blames Media for Family’s ‘Nightmare’

CNNRiceThe wife of former NFL player Ray Rice spoke out today via Instagram a day after her husband was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL following TMZ’s release of elevator footage showing him knocking her unconscious.

The Baltimore Sun reports on Janay Rice defending her husband against the “nightmare” caused by the media and public.

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” Janay Rice wrote. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that [the] media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass [off] for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

Last night at 8pmET, Anderson Cooper and Chris Hayes both led their programs covering Rice’s release and suspension.

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Ray Rice Cut By the Ravens Following TMZ Release of Elevator Video

At 4amET this morning, TMZ posted a video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his fiancee Janay Palmer — now his wife — in an Atlantic City elevator last February. By 2:30pm, Ray Rice had been suspended indefinitely by the NFL and cut by the Ravens.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for two games following revelations of the incident, but because Palmer did not press charges, Goodell only suspended Rice for two games. But the story took on a new life this morning, following the release of the video by TMZ Sports. The NFL says it did not see the video until today. The cable news networks have been covering the story extensively, and increased their coverage following news of Rice’s indefinite suspension and termination by the Ravens.

Fox & Friends Gives Venus Williams Pre-US Open Warm-Up

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 4.51.10 PMThe US Open starts tomorrow in New York City, but tennis star Venus Williams got a cable news warm-up earlier this week courtesy of Fox & Friends.

Partnering up with Anna Kooiman on one side of a tennis court constructed outside the morning show’s studio, Venus took on Steve Doocy and Clayton Morris in a volley. “It’s tough in heels,” Williams said to her partner Kooiman. And the former US Open champion gave advice to children players. “Eye on the ball.”

TV Newsers Featured in ESPN Film ‘SEC Storied’

SmithProfessional and college football season is inching closer, and some TV Newsers were recently featured in an ESPN documentary “SEC Storied” on the SEC Network.

Shepard Smith, Willie Geist, Amy Robach, and James Carville were all part of “The Stars Are Aligned,” which premiered on the new SEC Network last week. Smith talks about “groving” at Ole Miss. “You want your space, you want your friends around you; we grove with the same people every week.”

Geist described the greatest moment he and his friends had at a Vanderbilt football game: the team’s kicker fake punting at the end of the game and then running 81 yards down the field for the touchdown. “What’s up now, Alabama!” Geist recounted shouting.

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