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Dwyane Wade To Brandon Tierney: Don’t Be Dumb

“Late Tuesday night, Tierney’s tweet again resurfaced when the NBA on TNT crew addressed the question.”

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Few sports debates gain more traction than comparing players from different generations. Last week, CBS Sports Radio host Brandon Tierney posed the question, was Chris Bosh better than peak Julius Randle?

It would be laughable to compare their careers. Bosh has two rings and 11 All-Star appearances in a career that was cut short because of a blood clot condition. In comparison, Randle has one All-Star appearance and has yet to even advance to the playoffs, let alone win a title.

Late Tuesday night, Tierney’s tweet again resurfaced when the NBA on TNT crew addressed the question. Bosh’s former teammate Dwyane Wade responded bluntly, calling it “a dumb question. Whoever asked that question, don’t be dumb.”

But everyone who immediately blasted Tierney for the tweet, ignored the actual question. Tierney was not comparing careers, he was comparing the players with the condition of Randle being at his best. And at his best, Randle is having an All-Star season and has so far carried the Knicks into playoff position. Wade and others defending Bosh cited his longevity and enduring statistical success, but that doesn’t counter the fact that Randle at his peak is outperforming the rest of his career. 

Before teaming up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, Bosh led the Toronto Raptors to a record above .500 just one time in seven seasons. He was a perennial All-Star and a 20-10 player, but he could not consistently carry a team to the playoffs. 

Randle hasn’t been a perennial All-Star and it took him much longer to become a 20-10 player. But again, Tierney’s question was not about their careers, it was about Randle at his peak. And at his peak, he’s a 20-10 All-Star with the ability to carry a team to the playoffs. 

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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.”

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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”.

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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.”

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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.

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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.’”

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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.

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