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Netflix Has No Plans to Pursue Live Sports Rights

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Don’t expect Netflix to join the likes of Amazon or YouTube in the race to acquire streaming rights for live sports. Vice President of Business Development, Maria Ferreras, told attendees of the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam that Netflix doesn’t see a way it can be successful and innovative in that sphere.

“I think in terms of live sports there’s nothing we can do differently from a television broadcaster, so it doesn’t add additional value,” she said. “You can never say never, but there’s no plans to go into that.”

Ferreras said that the company is focused on growing through its partnerships that allow the product to become available internationally. She said that Netflix is pursuing more of these kinds of partnerships around the globe with the goal, in addition to growing the company, of creating unique experiences for each market.

Sports are still of interest to Netflix, just not as live events. The company, which is already home to the acclaimed college football docuseries Last Chance U, recently announced docuseries focusing on Italian Serie A  champions Juventus, Argentine soccer giants Boca Juniors and the Formula One motorsport series.

Netflix has recently watched competitors struggle with live sports coverage. YouTube TV suffered an outage during the World Cup that resulted in the service having to provide subscribers with partial refunds. Amazon has received largely negative feedback to its coverage of  US Open tennis in the UK. Ferreras did not say if those incidents or criticisms play a role in Netflix’s decision not to pursue live sports rights.

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LaVar Arrington Adds New Show to Podcast Feed – ‘Under Appreciated with Flash Garments’

Under Appreciated with Flash Garments is a show that will feature conversations with insiders from sports, entertainment, music, fashion, film and more.

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FOX Sports Radio’s LaVar Arrington has announced the addition of a new podcast to his podcast feed Up on Game Presents. The new podcast, called Under Appreciated with Flash Garments, debuts on Friday, August 5.

Under Appreciated with Flash Garments is a show that will feature conversations with insiders from sports, entertainment, music, fashion, film and more. The show’s primary goal is to shine light on those in their respective industries that deserve to be seen.

Under Appreciated promises to be something fresh and unlike any show or podcast you’ve ever heard – it will be the definition of exclusive,” shared Flash Garments. “I want to thank LaVar for inviting me to join the incredibly diverse and entertaining Up On Game Presents lineup.”

“We’re super excited to have Flash Garments join the Up On Game Presents lineup with the launch of his Under Appreciated podcast,” said Arrington. “Flash knows everybody, is very well respected, and has a lot to say! I think listeners will really enjoy this inspiring and enlightening program, and we look forward to sharing it with our audience every Friday!”

The podcast is produced in partnership with FOX Sports Radio, where Arrington co-hosts the network’s weekday morning program Two Pros and a Cup of Joe with Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox. New episodes will be available on Fridays.

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Jimmy Johnson to Dan Le Batard: ‘Do You Ever Remember Me ‘Sniveling?’

Johnson also said, “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”

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Jimmy Johnson doesn’t seem to be too worried that he isn’t in the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring Of Honor. He actually is more confused about the word choice that Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones used to describe him.

Jones was interviewed earlier this week by NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs, and was asked about the timeline for honoring the team’s former coach. Jones replied snarkily with, “There’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here.”

Jones then added, “I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on the field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well… it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.”

Dan Le Batard had the FOX NFL Sunday analyst on his podcast and read the entire quote to Johnson. When finished, Johnson responded thru his laughter, “I had to look up that word in the dictionary,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said, “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”

Le Batard responded, “it is not a word I would ever associate with you.”

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Taylor Rooks Hired by Amazon as Thursday Night Football Feature Reporter

Rooks will host feature stories surrounding the league and its Thursday games as well as conduct sit-down style interviews with NFL players and coaches throughout the season.

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Amazon has confirmed that Taylor Rooks has been brought on as a feature reporter for their Thursday Night Football streaming package of NFL games.

Rooks will host feature stories surrounding the league and its Thursday games as well as conduct sit-down style interviews with NFL players and coaches throughout the season.

“Taylor Rooks is an incredibly talented journalist, who has already established herself as one of the best interviewers in sports,” said Marie Donoghue, Vice President, Global Sports Video for Amazon. “We look forward to bringing her engaging and illuminating conversations to our Thursday Night Football coverage.”

Rooks tweeted her excitement but also added that she will not be taking a step back from her efforts with Bleacher Report and NBA on TNT.

In fact, Boardroom is reporting that she has signed a multi-year extension to stay with Turner Sports.

“Taylor is a versatile talent with an innate skill to conduct engaging, authentic and entertaining conversations with some of the biggest personalities in sports,” noted Tara August, Senior Vice President of Talent Services & Special Projects at Turner. “No matter the sport, Taylor can connect and tap into the humanity of the individual off the court or field in a way that resonates with audiences and we’re excited to watch her grow.” 

Rooks joins the streaming service’s smorgasbord of talent which includes: play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, color analyst Kirk Herbstreit, sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung, studio host Charissa Thompson and analysts Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Aqib Talib and Andrew Whitworth. 

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