Connect with us

Sports TV News

Get Up! Debates Realities Of NBA Players Threatening Not To Play

“Remember, players have until June 24 to decide whether or not they will participate in the restart.”

Published

on

As the NBA unveiled their health and safety protocol handbook on Tuesday, one of the major storylines around the league is whether or not some players are going to return to the league due to wanting to keep awareness of the social injustice in this country. 

A group of players led by Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets and Avery Bradley of the Los Angeles Lakers have met and discussed changes they want to see happen in the NBA that are important to them. Here is what Bradley had to say to ESPN

“I agree (the) Orlando (restart) will give the players checks to contribute back into their communities,” Bradley said. “But how much of that bubble check are players actually able to contribute? Why (is) all of the responsibility being put on the players?”

There was an interesting segment on Get Up on Wednesday with Stephen A. Smith, former NBA player Matt Barnes, and ESPN analyst and former Vice President of the NFL Players Association Executive Committee and Chief Operating Officer of the NBAPA Dominique Foxworth about the NBA restart and the group thinking about sitting out games due to raising awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement. Remember, players have until June 24 to decide whether or not they will participate in the restart. Barnes mentioned that he has spoke to players that are close to the movement.

“In regard to the Black Lives Matter movement, the players have to understand the moment… We have to be able to seize the moment. I am not against players sitting out, but I am against players sitting out without a plan…just to sit out without a plan is counterproductive,” said Barnes. 

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime situation if we think back about it. When did the world shut down? When the NBA stopped playing. I think everyone is looking to the NBA to set the tone again and I think this would be a tremendous mistake If players don’t play and then pass this on to football and baseball. Although those sports have players that feel like we feel, they don’t really have the platform and the voices like we do,” added Barnes. 

Smith voiced his frustration with Irving, saying if there is no action, it makes sitting out counterproductive.

“I can disagree with Kyrie Irving simply expressing himself without a plan. I applaud what he’s doing in terms of where his heart lies. If it doesn’t come with productivity moving forward, then what have you accomplished? This is not just a moment to me, this is a time, this is our time. It is an opportunity to take the bull by the horn and make it happen.”

Dominique Foxworth added another opinion towards the end of the conversation about why players might think that sitting out might be the way to go to keep the conversations going. 

“You have to be ready to hold out. I think it is admirable,” Foxworth said. “I don’t agree with Kyrie as the messenger, but I think it is admirable what they are doing in this moment no matter the timing. What they are doing is using the leverage they have because as soon as they show up, the leverage is gone.” 

In addition, he mentioned how playing games does create a way for some people to avoid any uncomfortable conversations about what is happening in America right now.

“This is about making white people uncomfortable, making them face the uncomfortable reality… They say sports is their refuge. We don’t have a refuge as black people…. ESPN, the past several weeks, we have done social stuff just as much as we have done other sports. As soon as they start playing basketball games, we are going to pay lip service to whatever kneeling or shirts that people are wearing…We can’t deny that it does afford some place to exit the conversation.” 

Smith and Barnes talked about how a plan is needed in order to raise awareness and Foxworth voiced the frustration that some people are probably feeling right now. It was a debate on Get Up that showed both sides of the story as the dialogue in this country continues. 

Sports TV News

Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

Published

on

FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

Published

on

The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

Published

on

ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2021 Barrett Media.