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Robert Horry’s Emotional Reaction To NBA Boycott Goes Viral

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Robert Horry was never what you would call a “superstar” in the NBA, but his name is well-known to basketball’s biggest fans. “Big Shot Bob,” as the sixteen-year veteran became known, won seven NBA championships during his stints with the Rockets, Lakers, and Spurs. Horry reportedly hated the nickname, but it was well-earned thanks to his penchant for hitting clutch shots to seal victories in the playoffs.

These days, Horry stays around the Lakers and the NBA as a studio analyst for Spectrum SportsNet in Los Angeles. The network had its NBA crew on hand on Wednesday night in anticipation of Game 5 between the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers. That game, and the rest of the NBA slate, was postponed after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the floor for their game against the Orlando Magic earlier in the evening. The boycott was in response to police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting Jacob Blake, an unarmed black man, in the back seven times.

Horry spoke on the issue from the point of view of a Black parent. His reaction has drawn praise and support from around the country.

August 25 was Horry’s 50th birthday. He says he sat on the couch that day and cried thinking about the video of Blake being shot. He said the first time he watched the video, it was without volume. “I thought maybe they were going to tase him, right? Because that’s what they do with white people. They tase them.”

It was his youngest son Christian that pointed out that Blake was shot. Horry broke down in tears as he recalled the conversation with his 14-year-old that followed.

“I worry about him when he walks out that door. I have a 21-year-old son. I worry about him. Because Black men are endangered species pretty much. People, these cops, are just killing because they feel like if they don’t have they body cams on, they have a right.”

Any parent would struggle to listen to the conversation Horry says he has had with his sons without getting choked up.

“I say ‘Dude, I don’t care what’s going on, because at the end of the day I want you coming home to me. If you have to lay down on the ground and they can kick you, beat you, at least you’re gonna go to the hospital and you’re gonna come home to me. Whatever they say to you, don’t take it upon yourself to let that rage you have against that cop come out, because he has the gun. He can end you. I don’t want him to end you, because if he ends you, that means I’m gonna end him.'”

Horry acknowledged that that sort of sentiment isn’t necessarily right or okay, but said that his feelings are shaped by already having lost one child. His daughter Ashlyn was 17 when she died of a rare genetic disorder in 2011.

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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