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Candace Parker Says Arguments With Shaq Are Just Part of Talking Basketball

“She also looks at her conversations with O’Neal and appreciates that it is not viewed as Shaq talking to a WNBA player and that it is two basketball analysts having a conversation.”

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While the NBA on TNT’s postgame show on Tuesday night is not at the level of Inside The NBA, the last couple of weeks have been entertaining to say the least.

This week, Shaquille O’Neal brought up to Adam Lefkoe, Dwyane Wade, and Candace Parker that the WNBA should lower the rim so that they could dunk like the NBA players. Let’s just say Parker, a member of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, wasn’t too thrilled about that comment. 

This isn’t the first time we saw Parker react to a comment from O’Neal on-air recently. Two weeks ago, Parker was telling Shaq about how the pick-and-roll game has changed in the NBA.

Despite all the visual reactions that Parker seems to make to what O’Neal says on the show, she told Michael Pina of Sports Illustrated in an interview earlier this week that she just views it as talking basketball and doesn’t view those debates as anything out of the ordinary.

“I feel so lucky to do my job in the sense that, you know, we’re all players, all discussing different strategies, or different philosophies of the game, and everybody’s entitled to their opinion. Everybody’s confident in themselves that they’re not going to take it the wrong way. And so, just as Shaq comes at me and challenges me, I feel confident in my preparation, and my knowledge.”

She also looks at her conversations with O’Neal and appreciates that it is not viewed as Shaq talking to a WNBA player and that it is two basketball analysts having a conversation.

“I think it goes to the environment and the culture that we have, like, the producer can talk and tell off so and so and tell them how they feel and vice versa and that’s just what it is. It’s not like Shaq, the four-time champion Hall of Famer versus Candace, women’s basketball player.”

While it is not the Charles Barkley vs. Shaquille O’Neal debates you see on Inside The NBA, Shaq debating Parker on anything basketball is becoming can’t miss TV to seeing what he will say next. At the very least, Parker can bring up the clips of her, O’Neal, and Lefkoe shooting threes at halftime (whether the video was edited or not):

Beginning this weekend, Parker will be a part of Turner’s NCAA Tournament coverage as she will be an analyst in the Atlanta studios with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith. Parker, who will be playing for the Chicago Sky in 2021, has been an analyst for Turner’s NCAA Tournament coverage since 2018. 

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Dave Portnoy: CBS Wouldn’t Work With Barstool On Arizona Bowl

Barstool is now the presenting sponsor and exclusive TV distributor of the Arizona Bowl.

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Barstool Sports is now the broadcaster and presenting sponsor of the Arizona Bowl in a deal that almost didn’t include the former. Barstool founder Dave Portnoy discussed details of the negotiation on this week’s The Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Co.

Portnoy says Barstool originally wanted to just sponsor the game, while CBS handled the broadcast duties, but that didn’t sit well with everyone involved.

“CBS won’t work with us? Kick them the f*ck out, get those f*ckin white-haired…get them out, we’ll do the game ourselves,” Portnoy said on his show.

“Not because they didn’t like us,” Portnoy continued. “I think they know we’re gonna eat their lunch, and they view us as a competitor. Do you wanna give the hungry wolf fresh meat? Do you want to basically put steroids in your competitor?”

The bowl airs on New Year’s Eve in a matchup between the Mountain West and Mid-American Conference. Barstool has been a staunch supporter of #MACtion and all things MAC sports for years.

CEO Erika Nardini is the yin to Portnoy’s yang, and she discussed the milestone deal in an interview this week.

“We really believe that what we can do is take the best of traditional broadcast and take the best of traditional sponsorship and do both in a brand new way,” Barstool CEO Erika Nardini said in an interview with Sportico. “We think we’ll bring new fans. We know we will bring a level of energy, and we’ll cover the game in a way that is completely unique, and uniquely Barstool.”

For Nardini and Barstool, this is just another step towards growth in every possible entertainment space, including TV.

“There’s no reason we can’t play in the broadcast space, the sponsorship space, and the comedy or personality and opinion space,” she continued. “Obviously, we want to make sure we do it right and do it well, but this is a watershed moment for rethinking where and how games are broadcast.”

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NBC Offering Make Goods To Olympic Advertisers

“The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro delivered an average of 30.7 million viewers across all of NBC’s platforms for the first four nights of competition. Tokyo has seen a 43% drop in audience.”

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NBC’s ratings projections for the Tokyo Olympics are not being met. That can be for a myriad of reasons, but long tape delays for primetime coverage of top events and just a general lack of excitement for the events being played in front of virtually no one and in the midst of a pandemic seem to be two of the top factors. Whatever the case, this is not what advertisers signed up for and they are letting the network know it.

Sportico’s Anthony Crupi reports that NBC is trying to make those advertisers happy with some additional spots on the house. It isn’t that the Olympics are a ratings disaster. Compared to other sports in 2021, the only sport that has consistently delivered more viewers is the NFL. But the numbers aren’t what NBC promised.

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro delivered an average of 30.7 million viewers across all of NBC’s platforms for the first four nights of competition. Tokyo has seen a 43% drop in audience. Even with more access to the games and more platforms on which to watch them, NBC has only been able to deliver an average audience of 17.5 million.

Tokyo is also facing a lack of star power compared to previous Olympics. Even before Simone Biles withdrew from gymnastics competition, NBC was already having to figure out how to fill the hole left by the retirements of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.

One agency told Crupi that NBC seems to be avoiding selling off whatever inventory is left both digitally and on air. Those instead have been used as make good spots for unhappy advertisers.

Between Peacock, NBCSN, and NBC’s website, Olympic competition is on 24 hours a day in 2021. That creates a large amount of inventory that did not exist for previous games. The network says that as a result, it is not in danger of running out of “Audience Deficiency Units,” which can be used to pacify unhappy advertisers.

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Jalen Rose To NBA Rookies: ‘You Can’t Be Thin-Skinned’

Jalen Rose discussed on Jalen and Jacoby his advice for the next class of NBA players ahead of Thursday’s draft.

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Jalen Rose is never one to hold back on grandiose thoughts and opinions that grab headlines. He claimed he was the source of all kids being named Jalen, said that his segment with Skip Bayless changed sports television, and said Kevin Love’s place on the Olympic team was racially motivated, and that was all just this year. The 14-year NBA veteran told some fascinating stories while delivering some advice to 2021 NBA rookies on Thursday’s Jalen & Jacoby.

“You’re not an amateur anymore. You’re an adult, you’re a pro. You can’t be thin-skinned,” he said. “Money is the root of all evil. It is going to change the dynamic of your family forever.”

Rose was taken with the 13th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft after forgoing his senior season at Michigan. He mentioned how much he loves seeing players’ lives get changed as they are able to move their family out of rough conditions and into better lives through generational wealth. He even told a story detailing how it affected his family, his children, and those around him after he was selected by the Denver Nuggets.

There is no one better to learn from, oftentimes, than someone who has made the mistake they are telling you not to make. Rose gave some of that advice at the nudging from Jacoby regarding a story that any fresh-out-of-college kid coming into money can relate to: avoid truckload quantities of beer.

“Fridge full of 40s?,” Rose said. “My goal was to have a swimming pool full of 40s, but then as I thought about the dynamic of all these bottles in the pool, that’s just dumb.”

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