After pocketing close to $15 billion this past year, the NFL is still aiming to hit $25 billion in revenue by 2027.
There is no questioning that the NFL, despite all its political controversy, is king right now in the sports market. The AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs brought in a whopping 54 million viewers. Of the top 50 telecasts over the course of the season, 45 were NFL games.
The opportunity to hit those goals seems perfectly reasonable, as the NFL brings in roughly $5 billion a year from its television contracts alone. FOX Sports extended their partnership with the MLB for that price. Undoubtedly, when the NFL strikes up new TV deals in 2021 it will look for a huge payday from its partners in CBS, NBC, FOX and ESPN.
While the prospect of increased value in TV contracts, sponsorships, and the possibility of the NFL embracing sports gambling are all viable assets in reaching its target number, relationships with digital outlets could play the deciding role.
Amazon currently partners with the NFL for Thursday Night Football coverage, a venture Twitter tried its hand at back in 2014. With Facebook, Twitch, and others trying their hand at live streaming, a lucrative partnership could give the NFL the final push it needs to hit its goals. Amazon alone increased the NFL’s online viewership by 86 percent thanks to their $50 million partnership.
With companies such as the WWE and, more recently, ESPN seeing success from streaming services with a catalog of on-demand content, it certainly could hold some weight as an option. NFL Now was a similar effort that hasn’t really paid off, considering it’s free to use and focuses on presenting up to date news content. NFL Films providing a streaming library could be a game changer for the NFL.
Either way, when the audience tunes in, as the whole world will this Sunday, the NFL is the one that profits.
New York Sports Media Reacts To Mets’ Gigantic Max Scherzer Deal
Many notable names in New York Sports Radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.
The New York Mets have agreed with pitcher Max Scherzer on a three-year deal that is worth an obscene amount of money. The excitement around the team feels to be at a new high in the city of New York.
Many notable names in New York sports radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.
There is no understating the significance of this move by the New York Mets. Max Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young winner and one of the most prolific pitchers in the sport for the last decade, winning 190 games over his 13-year career.
It is worth noting however that the Mets have had a notorious history of giving out bad contracts to veteran players, with players like Pedro Martinez, Bobby Bonilla, and Mo Vaughn just to name a few as examples.
This is just one of many big signings that the Mets have already made this offseason. They have already added Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha to the team as well.
Max Scherzer will be making $130 million over the duration of the three-year contract. The $43.33 million average annual salary sets a record, surpassing the $36 million New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole is averaging after signing a nine-year, $324 million contract in 2019.
Dan Le Batard Trolls Skip Bayless After Cowboys Loss
“It is hard to understand why such a video exists. It isn’t hard to understand why it ended up on Le Batard’s Twitter feed.”
When the Cowboys lose or when LeBron James wins, social media comes for sports media’s most notorious hater. After the Dallas Cowboys fell in overtime on Thanksgiving night, Dan Le Batard was among those with Skip Bayless squarely in their crosshairs.
Le Batard posted a video of Bayless dancing in an Ezekiel Elliot jersey with no comment.
It is hard to understand why such a video exists. It isn’t hard to understand why it ended up on Le Batard’s Twitter feed. No one loves poking fun at the industry or his colleagues more than Dan Le Batard and Skip Bayless is ripe for parody.
Whether or not Bayless takes it personally remains to be seen. There have been stories in the past of the FS1 host wanting those that make fun of him disciplined. We have even seen evidence of him being thin-skinned show up on television. Still, it is hard to imagine that he doesn’t know this comes with the territory of the place in sports media he has chosen to occupy.
The loss drops the Cowboys to 7-4, which is still good enough to keep Dallas in first place in the NFC East by a healthy margin. Skip Bayless may be a dyed-in-the-wool Cowboys fan, but surely a regular season loss didn’t ruin his holiday.
For Le Batard though, content will always be king and that video certainly is content.
Judge Puts Stop To Sports Betting Agreement In Florida
“Dabney Friedrich, the judge in the case, ruled that the deal and the app violate the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.”
Never say never as the saying goes, but there have to be plenty of disappointed people and companies in Florida. Late Monday night, a federal judge dealt a major blow to the Seminole Compact, an agreement between the State and the Seminole Tribe, which allowed gamblers to place bets in Florida on games.
The Seminole Compact gave the tribe control over sports gambling in the state. In return, its leaders agreed to pay the state $2.6 billion for the monopoly. Through the use of a mobile app, bettors could make their wagers from anywhere in the state.
Dabney Friedrich, the judge in the case, ruled that the deal and the app violate the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. It requires that any state-sanctioned gambling must take place on tribal land.
Servers receiving the bets are on Seminole tribal land, which the tribe argues satisfies the requirements of the IGRA. Friedrich dismissed that argument.
As of Tuesday, the Seminole Tribe had not shut down its app and was still taking bets. The tribe and its attorneys have filed an appeal, but it obviously has not been heard or ruled on yet. That puts any bets placed on the app between Tuesday and when it comes down on some seriously shaky legal ground.
It is likely that the Seminoles will have plenty of advocates. Local media groups had already enacted plans to take in gambling money, and certainly Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who signed the Seminole Compact, supports it. Time will tell what an appeals court will decide and how the state will deal with the mobile app remaining in operation after Judge Friedrich’s initial ruling.
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