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Melissa Stark Hit in Head During Live Report

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Melissa Stark was on location in London for NFL Network on Sunday to cover the Tennessee Titans’ game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium. During a report on the network’s pregame show, Stark learned the hard way that she was standing in the wrong spot on the field.


It was immediately clear that Stark was okay, so she and the crew back in the studio were quick to have some fun with it, especially when it almost happened a second time less than 90 seconds later. Stark commented that she couldn’t believe no one in the studio laughed when it happened the first time and then immediately listed herself as questionable for the remainder of the day.

 

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Bob Chapek Out, Bob Iger Returns As Disney CEO

“It is with an incredible sense of gratitude and humility — and, I must admit, a bit of amazement — that I write to you this evening with the news that I am returning to The Walt Disney Company as Chief Executive Officer.”

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In a somewhat shocking Sunday announcement, Disney has announced it is re-appointing former executive Bob Iger as the company’s CEO, replacing Bob Chapek who had departed.

“It is with an incredible sense of gratitude and humility — and, I must admit, a bit of amazement — that I write to you this evening with the news that I am returning to The Walt Disney Company as Chief Executive Officer,” Iger reportedly wrote to employees in an email.

Iger departed the company a mere 11 months ago. In that timeframe, Disney’s stock price dropped 41%.

Chapek, who was appointed to the company’s CEO position in February of 2020 stepped down, according to a report from CNBC. He had signed an contract extension earlier this year to remain in the role.

Chapek’s tenure was heavily criticized from many different avenues, including from employees over his silence on the “Don’t Say Gay” law passed in Florida. He also received pushback from lawmakers after then opposing the bill.

In the sports world, Chapek and Iger clashed about prices for ESPN+, the streaming service offered by the worldwide leader. The pair eventually had a falling out of several large disagreements about the company’s future.

Iger returns to the role he held for 15 years. In a press release, he said he will help the company find a successor.

“I am deeply honored to be asked to again lead this remarkable team, with a clear mission focused on creative excellence to inspire generations through unrivaled, bold storytelling,” Iger added.

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David Kaplan Leaving NBC Sports Chicago

“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement.”

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David Kaplan has announced he is departing NBC Sports Chicago. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Kaplan said a new path opened that he couldn’t turn down.

“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement. You’ll still be able to catch me weekday mornings with Jonathan Hood on the Kap and JHood morning show on ESPN 1000. It will also allow me to provide you with more engaging and outstanding content right here on YouTube.”

Kaplan, who will turn 62 this weekend, accepted a buyout offered by NBCUniversal. He has hosted several different shows for the network during his tenure.

“He’s made enormous contributions to our network, and his passion, opinions and love of Chicago’s teams have made him a beloved and respected figure, not just with fans but also his colleagues,” NBC Sports Chicago Vice President of Content John Schippman told The Chicago Sun-Times. “We wish him the best and look forward to seeing what’s next.”

December 30th will be his final day at NBC Sports Chicago. He called his time with the network “an amazing run”.

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NASCAR Chasing Nearly $1 Billion Annual Rights Fee In Next TV Deal

“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport.”

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The current media rights deal for NASCAR with FOX Sports and NBC Sports doesn’t end until after the 2024 season, but the organization is currently plotting what it wants its next deal to look like, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

Currently, NASCAR makes $820 million per year from the two networks. In its new rights deal, it is expected to seek a deal in the neighborhood of $900-950 million range.

NASCAR plans to begin negotiating with its current media partners in the early months of 2023, but is currently happy with FOX and NBC.

“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport. Whether that’s pushing more brands and advertisers to spend on Fox and NBC,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Media and Productions Brian Herbst told FOS. “Fox had their third consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. NBC had their second consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. So it’s working for them — both from a viewership and an ad revenue perspective.”

In February of this year, NASCAR President Steve Phelps told the Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast that broadcast television “has to be a part” of the organization’s next television rights deal.

As its current media partners, FOX and NBC have exclusive negotiating windows with NASCAR.

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