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Skip Bayless Could Be At Center Of DAZN Debate Show

“DAZN isn’t the only competition FOX could have for Bayless’s services. It was reported in November that Bayless may have his eyes on a reunion with Stephen A. Smith and First Take over at ESPN.”

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Is Skip Bayless eyeing a reunion with his old boss Jamie Horowitz? According to Front Office Sports’s Michael McCarthy, DAZN is looking to move beyond just live event broadcasts. Documentaries and studio programming are part of the company’s strategy going forward. With Bayless’s FS1 deal coming to an end, the time might be right for DAZN to swoop in.

Bayless credits Horowitz with turning his life and career around by putting him on First Take. He followed Horowitz to FS1 initially. The two very publicly reunited in Miami during Super Bowl week. Whether they discussed a potential reunion on DAZN is unknown.

DAZN has been expanding its programming more and more in the last two years. The company started by adding Adnan Virk to its MLB coverage on the whip-around show Change Up. It has also rolled out documentary series around Canel Alvarez fights and the Sylvester Stallone produced One Night: Joshua vs. Ruiz. DAZN has also added a simulcast of CBS Sports Radio’s The Pat McAfee Show.

FS1 seems to have faith in Bayless’s show Undisputed. The network showed that by signing his partner Shannon Sharpe to a multi-year contract in September.

DAZN isn’t the only competition FOX could have for Bayless’s services. It was reported in November that Bayless may have his eyes on a reunion with Stephen A. Smith and First Take over at ESPN.

When he first joined FOX, Bayless received a four-year deal with a total of $25 million. Smith received a new deal from ESPN recently that will pay him $8 million for the next five years. Would Bristol dole out the same kind of money for Bayless? It is possible that rumors of flirtations with DAZN and ESPN could be part of Bayless’s strategy to drive his asking price up. We won’t know for sure until September when his contract expires.

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Dan Le Batard: It Enrages Me That There’s a Craig Carton Show on TV

“The man defrauded the people and got right back into sports entertainment television!”

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The news of Tom Brady announcing his retirement on Wednesday came as Dan Le Batard and company were on the air, and in the midst of the initial reaction to Brady’s announcement, Le Batard offered a quick shot at WFAN and FS1 host Craig Carton.

Carton has been hosting a morning show on FS1 since last September. Craig added the TV show to co-hosting his successful afternoon drive program on WFAN alongside Evan Roberts.

But as Le Batard and the rest of the show were looking at the TV trying to figure out what was going on with the Brady story, Dan said he thought it was crazy Carton was on television.

“It enrages me that there’s a Carton show,” Le Batard said. “The man went to jail. The man defrauded the people and got right back into sports entertainment television!”

Carton went to prison for a year after facing a charge of securities and wire fraud. In the fall of 2020, after being released from jail earlier in the year, Carton made his return to WFAN.

It’s possible that Le Batard, who is busy running his own independent media operation, wasn’t aware Carton had a TV show. So it’s likely seeing Craig’s face probably was a bit of a shock. But it was clear Dan wasn’t expecting to learn the news from Carton’s show.

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ESPN Hands Out 6 New Contracts To Investigative Journalists

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ESPN is solidifying its lineup of investigative journalists. The network announced on Wednesday the hiring of two newcomers as well as contract extensions for four others.

Xuan Thai and Sara Coello are the two newcomers to The Worldwide Leader, starting their jobs in January.

Thai previously worked at NBC News and MSNBC. Most recently, she was the deputy bureau chief of the south region at NBC.

Coello has made her way to ESPN after stops at The Charlotte Observer, The Dallas Morning News and The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.

Alyssa Roenigk, Tisha Thompson, Sam Borden and Tom Junod are the four others who received contract extensions.

Roenigk is the most senior of the group, with 2023 being her 21st year at ESPN. She’s been an editor, sideline reporter, studio host and writer in that stretch of two decades.

Thompson and Borden both started at ESPN in 2017. Thompson has covered stories including the ongoing government investigation of Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder and investigated sexual assault allegations within the U.S. Snowboard team.

Borden has appeared regularly on various ESPN platforms like the ESPN Daily podcast and Outside the Lines. He’s a 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award winner for an NFL Countdown piece called “This Big Mo Show.”

Junod has been at ESPN since 2019. His previous stops include GQ, Esquire, Life and Sports Illustrated.

Additionally, a contract extension for veteran feature producer Scott Harves was announced by the network.

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Sports Media Reacts To Tom Brady Retiring

“Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.”

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Things seem a little more final this time. Tom Brady says he will not return to the field. The GOAT announced his retirement Wednesday morning in a video posted to social media.

While it is still unclear what happens next, plenty of people in the sports media had opinions to share. Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.

There were other reactions as well. It is well-known that Tom Brady has a ten-year contract worth $375 million waiting for him at FOX. That means plenty of people in the sports media have questions about what today’s announcement means for Greg Olsen.

Olsen has won plenty of acclaim as the analyst in the network’s top NFL booth. Brady’s deal includes him taking over that spot, so several personalities and writers used the day to publicly question the logic in that decision.

There was a third reaction too. Twitter was made for two things: reacting to breaking news and making jokes. Tom Brady announcing his retirement gave some members of the sports media the chance to do both.

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