As the college basketball season gets ready to begin, ESPN announced new programming and on-air contributors for its recently launched ACC Network.
Joining the network will be two veteran college basketball analysts for ESPN, Cory Alexander and Malcom Huckaby. Alexander, a former All-American for the Virginia Cavaliers began his tenure with ESPN in 2009 after an eight-year NBA career. A standout guard for Boston College from 1990 – 1994, Huckaby joined ESPN in 2012. The college basketball analyst was named an ACC Legend in 2015, although Huckaby never actually played in the ACC with BC not joining the conference until 2005.
ESPN also announced the additions of Dan Bonner and Luke Hancock to the ACC Network. Bonner has been a college basketball analyst since 1977, having covered 34 NCAA Tournaments and previously working with ESPN from 1987 – 2001. Luke Hancock joins the ACC Network while continuing to co-host ESPN Louisville’s The Drive radio show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Familiar to ACC basketball fans, Hancock played for Louisville from 2012 – 2014, helping the Cardinals to a championship in 2013.
In addition to their new contributors, ESPN announced a new show exclusive to the ACC Network. Nothing but Net will air Sunday evening during the basketball season, recapping the week’s previous games while also offering a preview of upcoming matchups. The show will debut Sunday, October 27th with a two-hour episode at 8pm ET.
As the college basketball season tips off, Nothing But Net will be live from Syracuse as the Orange host NCAA Champion Virginia on November 6th at 9pm. The show will provide pre-game, halftime and postgame coverage of the Syracuse/Virginia matchup. Kelsey Riggs will host the pre-game show, joined by Cory Alexander and other ACC Network contributors Carlos Boozer and Jordan Cornette.
In a partnership between ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Network launched on August 22, 2019 with nearly 450 live contests planned to be broadcast annually, in addition to their original programming.
Netflix CEO: ‘We’re Not Anti-Sports, We’re Just Pro-Profit’
“He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.”
Netflix will not join Apple and Amazon in the rush to gobble up live sports rights. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos addressed the streaming giant’s disinterest at the UBS Global Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday.
He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.
“We’re not anti-sports,” Sarandos said according to Deadline. “We’re just pro-profit. We have yet to figure out how to do it. But I’m very confident we can get twice as big as we are without sports.”
Questions about the interest the company has in carrying live sports have come up several times in the past. Sarandon made similar comments last year when asked about it.
Reed Hastings, Sarandos’s co-CEO at Netflix, has a slightly different view. In 2021, he indicated that Netflix could be interested in F1 rights someday thanks to the success of its documentary series Drive to Survive, but that would be a special case. Any league interested in doing business with Netflix, he said, would have to allow Netflix to control all of its content.
Ted Sarandos echoed that sentiment in his most recent comments. He said that the company does not see a way to profit by “renting big-league sports.”
FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling
“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”
An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.
Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.
The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.
The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”
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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage
“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”
The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.
Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.
“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.
Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.
How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.