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In N.Y., Andrew Marchand notes Amazon Prime Video has targeted former NFLer Marshawn Lynch as a "feature reporter and analyst for its exclusive 'Thursday Night Football' package." Sources said that Lynch would be a "potential part of a more relaxed studio-type show, as well as conducting interviews." Lynch made an appearance on the "ManningCast" with Peyton and Eli Manning in September, and his appearance was "generally well received" (N.Y. POST, 1/12).

OFF-FIELD VICTORY: In Houston, Brent Zwerneman writes ESPN2's “Film Room,” where Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff provided "real-time analysis" of the CFP championship game, was an "off-field victory for the A&M program." The program, hosted by Dusty Dvoracek, "had its hiccups," however, and there "no doubt will be some fine-tuning for next year should ESPN turn to another full staff for in-game analysis." But there were "few foul-ups from a crew occasionally known for its colorful deliveries." Fisher’s "near photographic memory" also was "on display throughout the telecast" in dissecting plays (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/12).

GETTING A NEW ROLE: In N.Y., Ryan Glasspiegel notes Jenny Taft is "finalizing a new deal to remain with Fox Sports, but eventually exit FS1’s 'Undisputed.'" Taft had "two viral moments of friction" with Skip Bayless in recent months. But a source was "adamant that this was not the reason she is leaving the show." Taft’s role with live events is "expected to be her focus." She is a sideline reporter on Fox Sports’ top college football broadcasting team. Fox also has two World Cups coming up, and it would "hardly be shocking if Taft, who has contributed to them before, is included" (N.Y. POST, 1/12).

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