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SHOOTING THE 3: ANDREW SICILIANO OF THE RED ZONE CHANNEL

With the advent of the all-action Red Zone Channel on Direct TV in 2005, the way Americans consumed their favorite commercial spectator sport – NFL football – was changed forever. Andrew Siciliano was, is and shall remain for all-time the name and face forever associated with that groundbreaking moment in sports television history. Andrew grew up outside of Washington, D.C., in Reston, Va., and attended Syracuse University. …

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CA LAW FURTHER LIMITS YOUTH FOOTBALL CONTACT; BAN NEXT?

Adam Beam of the ASSOCIATED PRESS in Sacramento and KPIX-CBS in San Francisco report that this week the state of of California enacted a new law that strengthens an existing statute that “already limits full-contact practices for middle and high school football teams to no more than 90 minutes per day.” The new rules, signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, “limit full contact practices for youth football teams to no more than 30 minutes per day for two days per week. The law bans full-contact practices for youth football teams during the offseason.” …

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SHOOTING THE 3: EVAN ROSENBLUM TMZ SPORTS EXEC. PRODUCER

Evan Rosenblum oversees one of the most important sports media outlets in the industry – TMZ Sports. Began as an outcropping of Harvey Levin’s media powerhouse TMZ, TMZ Sports was built from the ground up by Rosenblum, who as current Executive Producer and on-air host has effectively transformed the outlet into an acknowledged leader in the sports journalism field and sports media’s most consistent breaking news machine. Rosenblum first began working for TMZ company founder Levin as a writer on the newsmagazine show “Celebrity Justice” and later reconnected with Harvey during the early stages of TMZ.com. …

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SHOOTING THE 3: DARREN ROVELL OF THE ACTION NETWORK

Darren Rovell was our first-ever interview on SportsbyBrooks.com, so it’s about time we dropped in on him again. Rovell is no stranger to anyone on Twitter, having built a massive following thanks to a relentless content presentation on his timeline that – at times – boggles the mind.  Darren, quite literally, invented the job of electronic sports business reporter and through his high-profile reportage for ESPN and CNBC helped elevate entire industries – like sports memorabilia, eating contests and sports gambling – into the mainstream of American life. …

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VIRAL SbB: ZION WILLIAMSON AND DREW BREES IN QB CHALLENGE

Who said Sports by Brooks couldn’t do the viral video thing with the best of them? Here’s a cool video featuring a “quarterback challenge” that happened between Zion Williamson and Drew Brees on Monday: The “challenge” was consummated with a handshake between the New Orleans sports celebrities the day before at the Pelicans practice facility and carried out – as you can see – at the Saints facility the next day. And unlike the raw video making the rounds, we edited it down to just good parts for you, ye faithful SbB reader. …

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SHOOTING THE 3: ARASH MARKAZI, LA TIMES SPORTS COLUMNIST

Shooting The 3 is an exclusive SportsbyBrooks.com feature in which a sports media figure fields three questions posed by SbB. Today’s sports media figure is Arash Markazi of the LOS ANGELES TIMES. Arash Markazi is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, having formerly served as a senior writer at ESPN for nine years and a staff writer and columnist at Sports Illustrated for five years. After graduating from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., Markazi attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and later the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at USC. While at USC, he wrote a regular column for the DAILY TROJAN student newspaper and upon graduation, was hired by Sports Illustrated. At SI, Markazi wrote a weekly column for SI.com while contributing profiles of a wide array of sports figures. …

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NCAA’S HUDSON RULING REINFORCES EMPTY STOREFRONT ROLE

Late yesterday, TOLEDO BLADE columnist David Briggs wrote the following. Same as the guy who tells his boss he is not as dumb as he looks, or says a more successful rival football coach was a phenomenal winner but a magnet for controversy, Jim Harbaugh is a master of the backhanded observation. For instance, the Michigan coach suggested at Big Ten media days that athletes should be able to transfer without restrictions because maybe then they would stop lying about being depressed. It was a clear and reckless shot at Toledo native James Hudson — the former Wolverines lineman who transferred to Cincinnati late last season — and a curious bit of hypocrisy, leaving us with the same response as Hudson himself. …

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SHOOTING THE 3: ROB PEREZ, ACTION NETWORK SENIOR PRODUCER

Besides killing Twitter dead, Rob “@WorldWideWob” Perez graduated from the University of North Carolina then got into the ticketing business, first with the New Orleans Hornets before storming the shores of the secondary market with his own website. From there he crashed the content biz, kicking in the door at Fox Sports, Cycle, ESPN, with podcast called Buckets and now as a Senior NBA Producer for The Action Network. …

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