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Get to know the people behind Broadway Sports by exploring our full roster of administrators, content creators, communicators, and collaborators below, many of them co-founders of this enterprise.

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Senior Writer

Multi-media journalist with extensive expertise covering the NFL, NHL, professional soccer and more, including the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators for The Tennessean with articles, videos and podcasts. Strengths include the ability to write quick, concise and thorough analysis, as well as the ability to uncover unique human-interest stories. In working as a reporter, John developed skills that extend beyond the sports journalism world. An efficient and effective communicator, John is confident, calm and productive under deadline pressure and knows the power of the written word. John brings to Broadway Sports a work ethic second to none, an intellectual hunger, and an ability to inform and entertain readers, viewers and listeners.

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CEO/Director of Operations

Johnathan turned a passionate fandom for football and other sports into a pursuit of it through education and coaching. After spending a few years on the sidelines, he was a co-host on the Taking It To The House podcast. You will find him not being active enough on social media and in the background supporting the teams he is involved in.

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Director of Content

Born and raised in middle Tennessee, Jimmy fell in love with the Steve McNair/Eddie George Titans when the team came to town in the late 90s. He ran Music City Miracles for more than a decade and has hosted various Titans podcasts through the years.

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Director of Articles

After over 20 years of annoying his family and friends with constant commentary about the Titans, Mike started writing down his thoughts in 2017 for Music City Miracles. He loves to dive into the All-22 tape and highlight the nuanced details that win and lose football games. You can now find his tape breakdowns and Anthony Firkser love letters at Broadway Sports. Mike also spends time laughing at Lebowski and yelling at Zach on the Football and Other F Words Podcast.

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Director of Strategy

Film nerd. Relentless defender of Derrick Henry. A recovering Vince Young apologist. Known in the real world as Bill Ott, he has been a Titans fan since 2006. A former All-22 writer for Music City Miracles, he continues to try to educate himself and the Titans fan base. You can find him on Broadway Sports as a frequent contributor of all things film related.

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CFO/Director of Marketing and Podcasts

With over 17 years experience of losing Fantasy Football games, Zach has been a Titans fan since moving to Nashville in 2002. A die-hard Alabama fan, but he does not let that cloud his judgement of the Elite Players they have put in the NFL. Players like Derrick Henry, Julio Jones, and AJ McCarron. You have heard him on Football & Other F Words giving his Unfiltered Opinions as facts and that will not change. Always 100% right even if he has to revise earlier statements. Lawyered.

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Senior Writer

Senior Writer, Interviewer and Podcaster for Broadway Sports covering the Tennessee Titans and the NFL draft. For more than five years, Justin Melo has professionally covered all things NFL draft and Titans for The Draft Network, SB Nation and USA Today. Best known for his Interview Series with NFL draft prospects, Justin has interviewed more than 500 NFL players. Co-host of the Music City Audible podcast alongside Justin Graver (@titansfilmroom).

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Ben joins Broadway Sports as a Senior Writer covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously, Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he covered Nashville SC in USL (2018-2019) and now Major League Soccer (2020-). Raised in Louisville, KY, Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer, he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids.

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Tre Watkins is a writer who has covered the Titans since 2019 for BlackSportsOnline, The Brawl Network, and now Broadway Sports Media. FC Barcelona and Yankees baseball are his two loves, Forca Barca!

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Josh is a first-generation Titans fan, growing up in a household that did not watch football. However, he quickly became obsessed with the team while watching Chris Johnson and then Marcus Mariota. He especially enjoys learning about quarterback and wide receiver play. Josh is a former writer for Music City Miracles and makes Titans-related video threads on Twitter. He contributes to Broadway Sports as a writer and video content creator.

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Born and raised west of the Mighty Mississippi, a 2nd-grade project on the state of Tennessee introduced Robert to Steve McNair and Eddie George, turning him into a Titans fan for life. Robert was best known for being the Music City Miracles Links Guy for the better part of a decade. He loves all things sports and can be found on The Flex fantasy football podcast, part of Broadway Sports Media.

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Nashville blood from birth, Michael Gilliam is a Titans fan since the days of NFL YES! yard campaign signs. You can hear his dulcet tones on Broadway Sports as the co-host and voice of the Football and other F Words podcast.

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A long time sports fan who has a deep love for the Titans and Grizzlies. Tired of hearing the phrase: The Titans will regress. Views A.J. Brown as a future hall of fame receiver. Says Ja Morant will have a better career than Zion Williamson. Loves creating Titans videos with copyrighted mus- I mean non-copyrighted music, of course. Rookie writer and video creator at Broadway Sports (and known as @TitansDraftTape formerly TitansAllDay101 on Twitter).

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The resident Old Dude who has found a way to stay involved with football after years as a college and high school coach. An O-line truther who cut his teeth coaching wide receivers. A Titans fan since he started paying attention to football again (after coaching, roughly 2008). The other half of the greatest podcast you never heard of, Taking It To The House Sports (the numbers were very telling). Currently involved in multiple podcasts on Broadway Sports talking shop on Coaches Corner and trying to guide fantasy football decisions on The Flex.

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Taylor is a lifelong Titans fan, and forever a Mariota stan. She started writing about the Titans on her personal blog before she brought her talents to Broadway Sports. She has a ton of experience in the sports industry, including ticketing for the Tennessee Titans, Athletic Marketing for Western Kentucky University, and volunteer work at the 2019 NFL Draft. She enjoys writing profile pieces on breakout players, especially Kalif Raymond.

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Social Media Coordinator/Contributor

Austin has been a Titans fan since ‘94. Even through the Jake Locker years. When Chris Johnson was released, he shed a tear. He’ll always have a soft spot for Marcus Mariota and has a man crush on Mike Vrabel. He enjoys betting on games (when he wins) and hopes you enjoy his writing and opinions half as much as he enjoys watching Derrick Henry stiff arm grown men.

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Davey Shepherd hails from small town Berryville Virginia in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. He joins Broadway after helping found Speedway Soccer as a podcast host and written contributor. When not watching NSC or another local team (TITAN UP) he is usually found making wine at his family-owned Mount Juliet vineyard. Davey serves full time as the Executive Director of The Joe Beretta Foundation, a non profit meeting the practical needs of Heart Failure patients and their families.

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John M Sloop grew up in Asheville, NC, and after forays to Georgia and Iowa, found his way to Nashville over 25 years ago. On a trip to Portland, Oregon, 15 years ago, he watched the (then) USL Portland Timbers youth squad play one afternoon and fell completely and totally in love with soccer, to the detriment of his love of all other sports. In addition to thinking, writing, watching, and talking about soccer, Sloop teaches media and rhetoric at Vanderbilt. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Board of the Belcourt Theater and is part of the team that runs Tenx9 Nashville, a monthly story telling event.

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Andy Simmons joined Speedway Soccer after stints with Golden Goal and 615 Formation. A former journalist now in web development, Simmons also previously worked for Main Street Media and Gannett. A student of the game, Simmons has been playing soccer his entire life and participates in several adult soccer leagues around town. When he is not playing soccer, you can find him at brunch, doing a mock draft for fantasy football, or complaining about Arsenal.

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Jonathan Slape originated from outside of Atlanta but has lived in Nashville since 2005. Original member of Speedway Soccer and has been talking and occasionally writing about Nashville SC since the USL days. Self proclaimed official fashion correspondent. Outside of Nashville SC you can find him singing the praises of Jurgen Klopp, discussing the latest in sneakers and soccer fashion with a good stiff drink.

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Chris comes to Broadway after spending years posting captivating original content about Nashville SC and MLS under the name u/lawvol. An avid soccer fan, he also follows Manchester United and Coventry City (a love born out of endless hours of Football Manager saves). An attorney by trade, Chris resides in Knoxville where he serves as Corporate Counsel for an insurance company based in the area. When not talking sports, you can find him attempting to perfect the art of Texas-style barbecue and spending time with his wife and their three pets.

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Social Media Coordinator/Security System Administrator

James has and will always be an underachieving meme poster, an overachieving opinion giver, and a spicy Twitter follow. A fan of the Titans since he was forced to find a way to bond with his step-dad, and the rest is history. During the Dark Ages of 2009-2015, James frequently wondered why he never picked fishing instead, but here we are.

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IT Lead/Website Controller, Occasional Analyst

Just A Guy who has been a fan since the Oilers and Preds decided to come to Tennessee. I love data. I love lamp. I love genuine discussion. But what I love most is helping provide a place for genuine sports news and analysis that seeks to teach those who are passionate about learning.

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Photographer

Casey is an award winning photographer whose work has appeared in the Nashville Post, Nashville Scene, Tennessean and more. He has worked with multiple professional teams, including the New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators and Nashville Sounds, and was a nominee for the 2019 MiLB Photo of the Year. He covered Nashville SC with Speedway Soccer since 2019, and continues to photograph games for Broadway Sports.

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