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Aaron Rodgers Wants Jeopardy Gig Full Time

“Rodgers wouldn’t be the first NFL quarterback to go directly from the field to the broadcast industry with Tony Romo and Drew Brees as recent examples. He also wouldn’t be the first NFL MVP to walk away from playing in favor of the entertainment industry, with Jim Brown retiring after winning the award in 1965 to become an actor.”

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Aaron Rodgers made his debut as guest host on Jeopardy! Monday night and while the MVP quarterback is only scheduled for a two-week run on the game show, he told Pat McAfee that he would love to make it a full-time gig.

The topic came up after Rodgers told McAfee he wasn’t clean shaven while pre-recording the guest-host stint, but added it was something he’d be willing to do if needed. “If that was a pre-req to get the full-time gig, no problem with it at all,” Rodgers said on the SiriusXM radio show. 

Full-time gig? Could the MVP quarterback spurn the Green Bay Packers before they get the chance to jettison him in favor of last year’s first-round Draft pick Jordan Love? 

“I would love to be the host of Jeopardy!, yes,” Rodgers answered when pressed by McAfee.

The show currently airs about 230 episodes per year, taping five per day for about 46 days. While it’s possible they could figure out a way to work around Rodgers’ football schedule for those 46 days of the year, 230 episodes is a lot to squeeze in as a second job.  

Rodgers wouldn’t be the first NFL quarterback to go directly from the field to the broadcast industry with Tony Romo and Drew Brees as recent examples. He also wouldn’t be the first NFL MVP to walk away from playing in favor of the entertainment industry, with Jim Brown retiring after winning the award in 1965 to become an actor. 

Replacing Alex Trebek won’t be an easy task. So far Jeopardy! has gone the route of rotating guest hosts, with Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, Dr. Oz and others getting an opportunity. 

At 37-years-old, Rodgers looks to have a lot of football left. Even with plenty left in the tank, it’s difficult to expect Rodgers will continue as an elite quarterback for more than five years. But If he does get the offer to become the full-time host of Jeopardy!, that’s a job that could potentially last for thirty years earning a minimum of $10 million annually. That’s a rare and difficult opportunity to pass up.  

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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