Throughout the day on Tuesday, the whole sporting world, and the non-sporting world for that matter, were on edge after news broke that Tiger Woods had been in a car crash out in California. He had emergency surgery to try to repair significant injuries to his ankle and right leg. Woods’ foundation released an update on the situation Tuesday night.
When this news broke, many thought back as to how Woods had impacted their life through watching him dominate professional golf. One of those people was Nick Wright, one of the hosts of First Things First on FS1. Wright said Woods helped him bond with his grandfather when he was a kid.
“In 1996, I remember the room I was in in my house. My grandfather calls me from Florida. I am in my dad’s office and he says you have to turn on the television. There’s this kid who is going to be the greatest golfer ever. From that moment, it was like a drug and I was hooked.”
Wright said that for a three-year period, Woods felt like one of the lone constants in his life.
“From 2006-2008, I think the only constant in my life was Tiger Woods. My parents got divorced, I had falling out and re-united with family members, I moved a couple of times and Tiger was it. In 2009, I signed up for Twitter and my first tweet ever was on Tiger’s car crash and then he was gone from my life for a long time.”
As Wright eventually became a father, he got to sit down with his daughter to watch Woods win at Augusta and they were able to connect over that.
“My youngest daughter and I bonded over watching him at The Masters. Made her want to pester me about golf lessons. Asking when we can watch Tiger.”
Later in the segment, Wright did mention it is not the time to talk about the GOAT argument when it comes to Tiger, but even if he doesn’t get to win another major, Tiger still that had last big golf moment.
“I’m like oddly choked up about this. I know he didn’t pass, I know he’s going to be okay, but it feels like a sports loss. I am so glad he got that Masters moment because if he doesn’t get another major, that walk to 18 at 2019 that was unlike anything we had seen in golf. It was a singular moment in golf history. If that’s his last significant golf memory, it was his great one.”
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Netflix CEO: ‘We’re Not Anti-Sports, We’re Just Pro-Profit’
“He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.”
Netflix will not join Apple and Amazon in the rush to gobble up live sports rights. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos addressed the streaming giant’s disinterest at the UBS Global Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday.
He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.
“We’re not anti-sports,” Sarandos said according to Deadline. “We’re just pro-profit. We have yet to figure out how to do it. But I’m very confident we can get twice as big as we are without sports.”
Questions about the interest the company has in carrying live sports have come up several times in the past. Sarandon made similar comments last year when asked about it.
Reed Hastings, Sarandos’s co-CEO at Netflix, has a slightly different view. In 2021, he indicated that Netflix could be interested in F1 rights someday thanks to the success of its documentary series Drive to Survive, but that would be a special case. Any league interested in doing business with Netflix, he said, would have to allow Netflix to control all of its content.
Ted Sarandos echoed that sentiment in his most recent comments. He said that the company does not see a way to profit by “renting big-league sports.”
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.”
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.”
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.