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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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LIV Golf Nearing TV Deal With The CW Network

“LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.”

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According to a report from Front Office Sports, LIV Golf has laid out a deal with The CW Network for television carriage in the United States.

The deal is a multi-year agreement that will see the tour own real estate in lesser-viewed time slots on the network. A revenue-sharing relationship between the tour and the television network is expected to be struck.

LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.

After a standup comedy show in West Palm Beach last week, Feherty reportedly told the crowd “Have you heard of CW? I might get fired for this, but…,” according to report from Tom D’Angelo of The Palm Beach Post.

Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand had previously reported a deal between the Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour and the network was likely.

Nexstar Media Group — the nation’s largest television owner — is the majority owner of The CW Network. There are around 220 affiliates of the network on over-the-air television stations. Rumors of an acquisition of LIV Golf’s rights come on the heels of The CW Network being linked to the potential launch of a college football bowl game that would air exclusively on the network.

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Stephen A. Smith: ‘I Don’t Feel Obligated To Agree With Black Community’

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Stephen A. Smith is out promoting his new memoir Straight Shooter. He recently sat down for a conversation with Men’s Health magazine.

Interviewer Rachel Epstein covers a wide variety of topics with Smith. Some are about what can be found in the book. Some are about the First Take star’s public perception.

She asked how Smith balances the responsibility of representing the Black community with his brand. On ESPN, Smith is known for being unique and unapologetic for his sometimes over-the-top persona.

“Number one by being fair,” he said. “By trying to gather as much information and educate myself on issues as much as I possibly can.”

He added that he has never felt pressure to think a certain way or say a certain thing. Even if pressure existed, he prides himself on not giving in to it.

“I never feel an obligation to agree with my community. I believe we all have a right to think the way we want to think. But I do feel a responsibility to make sure that the perspective emanating from my community is heard, even if I disagree.”

Stephen A. Smith is one of the highest-paid and most visible employees at ESPN. He said that a certain responsibility comes along with that status. He wants the Black community to know that even if he doesn’t agree, he will make sure people know what he is hearing when he is on TV talking about an important subject.

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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