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Davis Love III Out, Kelly Tilghman In For CBS Golf Coverage

“The extent of her role with CBS is unknown, but as the network prepares for a season of NFL broadcasts, its reasonable to assume Tilghman will be used a lot as the schedule fills up for both Jim Nantz and Andrew Catalon.”

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Davis Love III’s broadcasting career did not last long. The two-time Ryder Cup captain took to Twitter today to announce that he would no longer be a part of CBS’s golf broadcasts.

The decision comes just months after the network announced his addition to their roster as part of a total overhaul of its golf presentation. In October of last year, CBS announced that it would move on from Peter Kostis and Gary McCord. Love’s addition was supposed to add a younger voice that had a stronger connection with current players.

Love’s chance to grow in the role certainly suffered from the interruption both in play and American life that the Covid-19 Pandemic presented. It also didn’t help that Love never really seemed devoted to the gig. As he mentions in his tweet, he was still playing in PGA Tour events, although he only made the cut in three of the thirteen event he’s played in since 2019.

Jay Rigdon of Awful Announcing points out that Love hasn’t had the easiest time in his personal life in 2020. His family’s home in Georgia burned down in March.

“I think it might have taken 10 minutes for the house to be completely engulfed, and it was completely gone in less than half an hour,” Love told Golf Digest about the blaze. “All we could do was stand there and watch. It was beyond awful.”

Kelly Tilghman will take over for CBS. It will make her the first woman to be the lead voice for PGA Tour coverage on a network. She will anchor coverage of the PGA Championship.

Tilghman left the Golf Network in 2018 after spending the previous 22 years at the network. The extent of her role with CBS is unknown, but as the network prepares for a season of NFL broadcasts, its reasonable to assume Tilghman will be used a lot as the schedule fills up for both Jim Nantz and Andrew Catalon.

One final interesting note is that Davis Love III may very well be on CBS next week. He is a lifetime member of the PGA Tour and former winner of the PGA Championship. That gives him lifetime eligibility to play in the event.

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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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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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