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Mike Joy Blasts Critics Of NASCAR, Bubba Wallace

“Joy noted if this happened last year, maybe NASCAR would have quietly moved on without alerting Wallace, the FBI and media.”

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Following a tense week for NASCAR, where the sport was at the forefront of the fight for social equality, announcer Mike Joy called out his colleagues and addressed the matter during Saturday’s race.

After NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag was met with some protest, a noose was found in a Talladega Super Speedway garage being used by Bubba Wallace, their only Black driver. Ultimately, the FBI determined the noose had been in the garage since 2019 and was not directed at Wallace. The finding caused many fans and media members to criticize NASCAR, but Mike Joy countered anyone who has turned on Wallace or the sport.

The Pocono Organics 325 experienced a rain delay Saturday and Joy used the time on FOX to address NASCAR’s handling of the noose and dispel any notion of it being a hoax. 

“All across media, pundits that don’t know Rusty Wallace from Bubba Wallace from Bubba Watson or Bubba Pollard, have all weighed in as they tried to settle on the answers to two questions,” Joy said. “First, was this a Jussie Smollett-style grab for attention? Absolutely not! The drivers are not even allowed in the garage area during the pandemic. Wallace never saw the noose, only was told about it.” 

Joy noted if this happened last year, maybe NASCAR would have quietly moved on without alerting Wallace, the FBI and media. But in the wake of protesters gathering outside of Talladega Super Speedway and a Confederate flag flying overhead, NASCAR rightfully acted swiftly.

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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