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.”
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.