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Turner Sports Exec Says Draymond Green Has ‘Bright Future’ As Broadcaster

“Green has been open about his desire to find a second professional life in the media. He told Marc Stein of The New York Post that he had a goal of being the NBA’s answer to Tony Romo.”

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Draymond Green has never been shy about expressing an opinion. Just look at his rant earlier this week about the media and the league holding team owners to a lower standard than players when it comes to dealing with roster moves.

That quality is why Tara August, Turner Sports’ senior vice president of talent relations and special projects, told Richard Deitsch the Golden State Warriors forward will likely wind up on television when his playing career is over.

“Draymond has a long, bright future in television,” August said. “There’s very few players, especially active players, who are as comfortable as he is giving opinion and not being nervous about the fallout, which people might find shocking. When people talk about him on the air, he’s quick to defend himself or call them out. He’s OK with giving criticism and critiques about what he sees about players, teams, coaches, and being comfortable and authentic. He really isn’t trying to go after anyone — he’s just speaking his mind about what he sees, and he’s OK with people agreeing with it or not, much in the same way that Charles [Barkley] has always been. He’s just authentic and comfortable in his own skin and really has a great mind in watching the game. We really think he’s got great potential long-term.”

Green has already done some work for Turner. Last July he was part of the special presentation The Arena, which lead into the league restart inside the Walt Disney World bubble. He also made multiple appearances on Inside the NBA during the playoffs.

August says that in those appearances, Green showed how invested he was in being his best on television.

“He was doing homework, he attended production meetings, he had ideas that he was bringing into the fold. He really took it seriously and was excited about it. Each time he made appearances with us, we would hear from him before the show about ideas or games or highlights.”

Green has been open about his desire to find a second professional life in the media. He told Marc Stein of The New York Post that he had a goal of being the NBA’s answer to Tony Romo.

Draymond Green is 30 years old. He is signed through the end of the 2023-2024 season. At that point, he will be 34 years old. He already has three world championship rings. Is it possible that he is thinking about an early retirement or is it more likely that Draymond Green will take every opportunity he can to get some broadcasting reps in because when you are playing in the NBA, you don’t get many chances to call NBA games?

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The NFL Still Considering Multiple Offers For Sunday Ticket

The NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has not bid for the package but has stated it is willing to partner with the new rightsholder for a potential deal.

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Sunday Ticket Negotiations

DirecTV currently has the rights to Sunday Ticket. That deal expires at the end of this upcoming football season. The NFL is expected to make a boatload of cash when they decide which media organization gets the next rights to the package. The only question is… who will that be?

Alex Sherman of CNBC reports that the NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has decided not bid for the package. However, they are interested in partnering with the new rightsholder for a potential deal. DirecTV knows that Sunday Ticket is a staple in bars and restaurants and is interested in maintaining those relationships.

Outside of the bar/restaurant industry, success has been limited for the satellite provider with the football package. Fewer than two million subscribers signed up for Sunday Ticket each year which made the package a money-loser for the satellite TV provider.

According to the report, the NFL wants more than $2 billion for the rights and a stake in NFL Media, which is being packaged with Sunday Ticket. Also on the table is the NFL’s mobile rights. The league’s previous mobile agreement with Verizon has ended.

An interesting piece of the negotiations is Sunday Ticket price. According to the report, a buyer would have limited flexibility on pricing. The NFL signed contracts with CBS and Fox and within the framework of those deals, language mandates Sunday Ticket have a premium price. That’s to prevent loss of viewers from the networks that feature local market Sunday afternoon games. So essentially, the price is the price for the consumer.

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F1 Renews With ESPN For U.S. Media Rights

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

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The racing series F1 has decided to stick with ESPN through 2025.

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

The reported value of the three-year contract is set to pay F1 $75-90M per year for the U.S. media rights. Amazon had offered to pay roughly $100M per year, with the right to sublicense to a linear broadcast network. Comcast’s offer was similar to ESPN’s in terms of value and the structure. They also wanted to put select races on it’s streaming service, Peacock.

Netflix was in on the negotiations, as well. The makers of Drive to Survive, the streaming series that many credit with the sport’s explosion in popularity in recent years, wasn’t close on on their financial offer. Also, it seems F1 executives were not ready to put all of its races on a streaming service just yet.

Currently, F1 receives $5M per year for ESPN to broadcast it’s races. ESPN has grabbed about 1.0 million viewers per race. That makes F1 a more than viable option for the network to invest into again. ESPN will be able to put a small number of races on its ESPN+ streaming service exclusively. The vast majority being on ABC or ESPN.

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Skip Bayless Says He And Stephen A. Smith ‘Sorted Out’ Their Disagreement

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

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Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were locked in a war of words last week following the First Take host’s appearance on JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast.

The origins of their partnership were discussed and Bayless admitted he did not like the way Smith characterized the state of First Take before he arrived on set. Smith insisted that Bayless simply misunderstood what he meant by saying that he was told the show needed him.

Over the weekend, Skip Bayless says he and Stephen A. Smith got together at the Bayless home in California to talk things out in private.

“He was in LA, he came over, we sat by the pool,” he said on the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show. “It wasn’t the easiest conversation for a while, but we slowly but surely sorted it out. We got through it, and we have been through so much together.”

Bayless reiterated that he considers Smith a brother. They love each other. That doesn’t mean they are always going to remember events the same way or see eye-to-eye all the time.

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

Fighting doesn’t mean the relationship is fractured. In fact, Skip Bayless was adamant that he remains closer to Smith than he is to most people in his life.

“I don’t trust easily because of the way I was raised, but I do trust Stephen Anthony Smith. Trust him with my life. Always have and always will. I trust he will always be there for me, and you better believe I will always be there for him.”

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