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Dana White Offers $250K For Charity To Fight Dan Le Batard

“It is unknown whether or not the fight is going to actually happen, but the pressure just got kicked up a whole other level by White after giving the amount of money that would go to charity.”

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The possible fight between UFC president Dana White and ESPN host Dan Le Batard got some added buzz over the weekend during UFC 250 in Las Vegas. 

On the ESPN broadcast with host Michael Eaves and an appearance by Halle Berry, White offered up $250,000 to any charity that the two of them choose in order for the fight to occur: 

Dan Le Batard is a big mouth, he’s all talk and no action and I can promise you if he is remotely serious, it ends really bad for him,” said White about the chances of a fight.

As our own Brandon Contes highlighted last week, Le Batard did bring up on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz that he was going to get in shape for a possible fight. 

Well, as Le Batard’s producer of his show, Roy Bellamy, posted on Twitter over the weekend, it is tough to turn down a fight once Halle Berry is present: 

Now, Le Batard might get some help from a UFC fighter if he is going to fight White. On Saturday night’s SportsCenter, Jorge Masvidal told Kenny Mayne that he is going to help train Le Batard if the fight occurs: 

“I’m actually going to be training Dan Le Batard if Dana signs anything,” said Masvidal. “If you are serious, I’m serious. He kind of knows I am very serious about my craft and about teaching. I will teach anybody, but you have to be ready to absorb this knowledge. Me and Dan are going to be in this laboratory soon if this fight gets set.”

It is unknown whether or not the fight is going to actually happen, but the pressure just got kicked up a whole other level by White after giving the amount of money that would go to charity. Adding Masvidal into the mix with his current contract issues with the UFC brings another interesting dynamic to the mix that only adds to the fun of this potential fight. 

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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