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NFL Won’t Allow Live Anthem Performances On Field

“Some may chose to play recorded versions. Others could ask singers to perform offsite or in another part of the stadium.”

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Any NFL broadcast partners trying to figure out to handle the national anthem and any player protests related to it may have just been gifted a solution by the league.

The NFL will not allow the “Star Spangled Banner” to be performed live on the field this season. It will still be played before games, but the NFL is doing away with live performances in an effort to limit the number of people on the field during the Covid-19 Pandemic. That means that there will likely be fewer military and police honor guards involved in pre-game festivities this year too.

Plenty of American flag imagery will still be used, and teams could get creative with the anthem. Some may chose to play recorded versions. Others could ask singers to perform offsite or in another part of the stadium.

It could be debated if there is a need for the national anthem this year, with so many teams limiting or even forbidding fans in their stadium. The NFL though has already committed to allowing players to peacefully protest during the anthem this season and publicized that “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a song commonly referred to as “the Black national anthem” will be played before games in week 1.

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Mark Jackson: ‘I Look Forward To Coaching Again’

”I look forward to the day that I am coaching again.”

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It has been 7 years since Mark Jackson has been a coach in the NBA, but the former Golden State Warriors coach is still waiting on his next chance to lead an NBA team.

The ESPN analyst went on to Club Shay Shay with Shannon Sharpe yesterday to discuss why he is not coaching in the NBA currently despite having some success helping shape the modern Golden State Warriors.

”I don’t know, that’s the full answer I do not know. What I will say is that I look forward to the day that I am coaching again. It will happen, I truly believe that with everything in me.” Mark Jackson said when asked why he did not have a head coaching job.

He also added that he rests on the success that he had with the Golden State Warriors and that it speaks for itself.

Mark Jackson works alongside another former head coach, Jeff Van Gundy, as part of ESPN’s top NBA broadcast, and Jackson believes that Van Gundy also deserves a shot at another coaching job and has been vocal it in past interviews.

“I know if I was hiring, without a doubt Jeff Van Gundy would be my hire. He’s a brilliant basketball mind, an incredible basketball coach. I’m speaking of a guy that sat in a chair and watched him lead a team as my head coach”.

Van Gundy however, has not been as eager to jump back into coaching like Jackson.

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ESPN Passing On In Game Ads For Sportsbook Licensing Deal

”What they’ve been leaving on the table is chump change.”

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While ESPN is looking aggressively for a licensing deal with a sportsbook, they are certainly playing the slow game on in-game advertisements.

The NFL’s sportsbook partners have already spent $50.7 million on in-game advertising since the beginning of the NFL season on September 9th.

Among those cashing in have been ESPN’s competitors CBS, Fox, and NBC while ESPN has been slow to jump into the action.

According to the commercial-tracking service iSpot.tv, the three broadcast networks have all but maxed out on gambling spots, with each booking the league-mandated maximum of six sportsbook ads per game.

“They’re shopping around for a licensing deal that could bring in as much as $3 billion, so what they’ve been leaving on the table is chump change.” one TV sales vet said of ESPN.

“They don’t want to put themselves in a situation where they have one sportsbook buying a lot of time on Monday night, only to get the exclusive marketing deal done with another book and suddenly face a conflict of interest.” he added.

With a looming licensing deal on the horizon, it seems that ESPN is waiting for said deal to make in-game advertisements come from one sole partner.

In-game advertising is just at the tip of the iceberg, and ESPN is waiting on the big money. Sports gambling is still only the sixth-biggest ad category so it appears that ESPN is choosing to go with the more commonly known ad categories until they get the big deal that they are looking for from sportsbooks.

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Stephen A. Smith Admits He Didn’t Want Covid 19 Vaccine

”A lot of us didn’t want to take it, I didn’t want to take it.”

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Stephen A. Smith had plenty to say about Kyrie Irving and the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday. On Stephen A. Smith’s show Stephen A’s World, he made his stance very clear on what teams should do with players who do not want to get the vaccine.

I said it last week about Andrew Wiggins and Golden State in regards to the vaccine, so I will say it again about Kyrie Irving, TRADE HIM!” said Stephen A Smith.

”If he isn’t going to take the vaccine and be able to play half of your home games, trade him.How can you commit to any player, even one as magnificent and brilliant as Kyrie Irving if he is going to miss half of your games.” added Smith.

Stephen A added that he actually did not want to take the vaccine either, but he did so in order to keep working.

”A lot of us didn’t want to take it, I didn’t want to take it. But you gotta do what you gotta do, sacrifices yall, sacrifices.” said Smith.

Disney made the decision in late July to mandate that all employees will be vaccinated, including 4,000 employees at ESPN.

It appears that their mandate mostly went over pretty well at the company, although Allison Williams, a sideline reporter at ESPN did decide to step down this month due to the mandate at the company.

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