It is no surprise that Monday’s broadcast of Undisputed on FS1 featured debate between co-hosts Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless over the L.A. Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell calling the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic “A b*tch–ass White boy”. What was surprising is that Bayless, who is White, defended the comment while Sharpe, an African-American, said Harrell should have been fined and the NBA should have issued a statement condemning his actions.
Harrell has since issued an apology for his comment and Doncic has accepted it, but Sharpe believes additional actions should be taken.
“He should have been fined. We have to be very careful here,” Sharpe said. “I understand that it did not bother Luka and that Montrezl apologized, but we can’t just say, ‘it was the heat of competition so we can just say things as trash talk’. Imagine if Luka had called Montrezl a B. A. B. Boy? Would that have been considered trash talking? No. We would have been outraged. See if we are about equality, you can’t just want it for your race or your gender. You got to want it for everyone. I don’t believe Trez is a racist, but I do think that was a racist comment.”
“If you expect something ,you have to be willing to give something,” Sharpe continued. “If we just say ‘people say things out of frustration’ then that’s the argument that the other side will use as an excuse. ‘oh I was just frustrated.’ We have to level the playing field. The NBA should have issued a statement saying this will not be tolerated and Montrezl should have been fined.”
Bayless argued that the term, “White Boy” is not racist.
“As a “White Boy” myself, I am not offended by it,” he said. “It’s a term of racial identification, but it is not a racial slur. It is not the equivalent of the N word, which is the most evil word in the English language. If situations were reversed and Luka had dared to call someone a “Black Boy” that’s far worse because of its ties to slavery (than calling someone “White Boy”),”
Bayless also claimed that Harrell’s comment was just trash talk in retaliation for Doncic doing the same earlier in the game.
“Luka is turning into one of the best trash talkers in the league, and I love it” Bayless said. “He had told Montrezl to quit flopping, which is basically questioning his manhood. That made Montrezl angry. Luka started it and when Montrezl hammered it home over Luka, he finished it with his comment. Was it the smartest thing to say? No. But I wasn’t offended by it, and I don’t think Luka was either.”
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
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.
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.”
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.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
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.
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.