Last week, there was an incident at a Whataburger restaurant in Tempe, Arizona where three Arizona State football players, including freshman defensive back Jordan Clark, were called a racial slur by a female customer. She complained to the manager saying she was harassed by the football players even though the players only asked that she order the food for them and they would pay for it.
Last week, Clark released a statement on social media describing the specifics of what happened that night with the customer and their interaction with the manager afterwards:
The name Jordan Clark might sound somewhat familiar because he is the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back and current ESPN analyst, Ryan Clark. Whataburger publicly apologized for what happened and released this statement on Twitter:
On Friday mornings’s Get Up, Clark had the opportunity to talk about the conversation that he had with his son and in the video, you will hear him share a story of what happened to his dad back in 1977.
“What’s crazy is I wasn’t mad at the young lady or the woman or the manager, I was mad at myself. I was mad at Jordan and I’m not necessarily sure that was the right emotion to have but nothing pisses me off more than being scared…. This isn’t just a fear for me everyday, this has been a fear of black people forever.”
Clark was not afraid to show his emotion as well in thanking everyone who reached out to him with their support:
“I’m blessed my child is still here. If something would have happened to him, it would have broke me. For me, I got to do a better job of educating him and I have to protect him because I wouldn’t know how to live if he wouldn’t have made it out. Thank you to everyone that reached out to me. I know it’s getting better, but it’s not better yet and better for everyone. We have to keep staying together and doing what we can.”
Later that day, on the mid-day SportsCenter, Matt Barrie addressed the story and as an alum of Arizona State, he had some words to say about the school, to the Clark family, and to his home state of Arizona.
“I want to say it to Jordan Clark. Jordan, I have talked to you numerous times at football events and you are a damn good kid. You and your teammates did not deserve this. I went to Arizona State, I’m from Arizona. This is not the place you signed up for, so I apologize that you went through this.
“Ryan Clark, you are a damn good father and you sent your son to a good university in Arizona State. This is not what my home state stands for. Arizona, do better and be better. Do not let this woman act like this and bring my state into national headlines when these were innocent college football kids going out to get a meal… To my own state, pick yourself up because this is embarrassing.”
It was great to see ESPN stand behind the Clark family and it is clear you saw a case of a company standing behind one of its own emphatically and showing support at a time when it is needed. He took a stance against the actions of what happens while showing support. It’s a good representation of the change that is trying to occur in this country right now.
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
David Kaplan Leaving NBC Sports Chicago
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement.”
David Kaplan has announced he is departing NBC Sports Chicago. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Kaplan said a new path opened that he couldn’t turn down.
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement. You’ll still be able to catch me weekday mornings with Jonathan Hood on the Kap and JHood morning show on ESPN 1000. It will also allow me to provide you with more engaging and outstanding content right here on YouTube.”
Kaplan, who will turn 62 this weekend, accepted a buyout offered by NBCUniversal. He has hosted several different shows for the network during his tenure.
“He’s made enormous contributions to our network, and his passion, opinions and love of Chicago’s teams have made him a beloved and respected figure, not just with fans but also his colleagues,” NBC Sports Chicago Vice President of Content John Schippman told The Chicago Sun-Times. “We wish him the best and look forward to seeing what’s next.”
December 30th will be his final day at NBC Sports Chicago. He called his time with the network “an amazing run”.
NASCAR Chasing Nearly $1 Billion Annual Rights Fee In Next TV Deal
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport.”
The current media rights deal for NASCAR with FOX Sports and NBC Sports doesn’t end until after the 2024 season, but the organization is currently plotting what it wants its next deal to look like, according to a report from Front Office Sports.
Currently, NASCAR makes $820 million per year from the two networks. In its new rights deal, it is expected to seek a deal in the neighborhood of $900-950 million range.
NASCAR plans to begin negotiating with its current media partners in the early months of 2023, but is currently happy with FOX and NBC.
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport. Whether that’s pushing more brands and advertisers to spend on Fox and NBC,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Media and Productions Brian Herbst told FOS. “Fox had their third consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. NBC had their second consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. So it’s working for them — both from a viewership and an ad revenue perspective.”
In February of this year, NASCAR President Steve Phelps told the Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast that broadcast television “has to be a part” of the organization’s next television rights deal.
As its current media partners, FOX and NBC have exclusive negotiating windows with NASCAR.
NFL Sunday Ticket Negotiations With Apple ‘Have Gotten Silly’
“Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
A report from The Athletic details why the NFL has not announced a new partner for the NFL Sunday Ticket package. David Kaplan claims there have been continued hiccups in the negotiations, mentioning the bargaining has gotten sideways between the league and Apple.
“This negotiation has gotten silly. … Clearly, there’s a problem. I think it’s really clear Apple is learning things they didn’t know,” the anonymous NFL source told Kaplan. “What the conversation is, is Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
The report also details Amazon Prime and YouTube remain in the mix as potential suitors for the service, should talks with Apple and the league fall apart.
The NFL is looking for as much as $3.5 billion annually for rights to the service.