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Paul Finebaum Hammers Nebraska On Get Up

“He not only said that Nebraska wouldn’t find the ultimate success this year, he wonders if they are even capable of success in a way that would make them worthy of their current situation.”

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Even though the Big Ten returned last week, COVID-19 found a way to make an impact on the conference as Wisconsin had 12 positive COVID cases in their football facility, and had to cancel their game against Nebraska this weekend. Since Nebraska could not play a game this week, they tried to get a game against an FCS opponent, Chattanooga. However, the Big Ten denied the Cornhuskers their request to play Saturday. 

Earlier this summer, Nebraska was in the news when their head coach, Scott Frost, said the school was looking to play football no matter who they were playing or where they were playing after the Big Ten postponed the season. That led Desmond Howard to say on Get Up that if he were the conference commissioner, Kevin Warren, he would have looked to get Nebraska out of the conference. 

While Paul Finebaum did not go as far as Howard did on Get Up on Friday, he did call Nebraska a “total embarrassment”.

“I don’t know where to begin other than to say they have been in the Big Ten for 10 years and the only major championship they have won has been the league’s biggest crybaby.”

In Nebraska’s statement on Thursday, they argued that playing a non-conference game would help any Big Ten team gain another data point for consideration into the College Football Playoff. However, Nebraska didn’t help their own chances of that with their 52-17 loss to Ohio State last Saturday. 

While the school could have been arguing that point as more of a Big Ten point than for the actual school itself, that still led Finebaum to say there is something else more likely than Nebraska making the playoff.

“Nebraska in the College Football Playoff? I have a better chance of winning the country’s most sexiest man than Nebraska has of going to the College Football Playoff this year.”

Of course, that comments drew laughs from Mike Greenberg, but for Finebaum, it was no laughing matter. He not only said that Nebraska wouldn’t find the ultimate success this year, he wonders if they are even capable of success in a way that would make them worthy of their current situation.

“Why Nebraska wants to go rogue, remember Nebraska used to be in the Big 12. They thought they were too good for that and they joined the Big Ten. They ought to get out of the Big Ten and find someplace where they can rule the roost because they don’t belong in the Big Ten anymore.” 

It would have been interesting to see if this was another school how this request would have been perceived by the media, but it is safe to say Nebraska has taken its fair share of criticism over the last couple of months for some of the statements made by the program and its supporters. 

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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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