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Richard Jefferson Calls Out Skip Bayless For Using His Quote Out of Context

Jefferson’s initial quote centered around trying to calm New York Knicks fans who want to see the Brooklyn Nets in a playoff series.

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Skip Bayless isn’t one to shy away from offering a hot take. This week, the Undisputed co-host used remarks from former NBA player and current analyst Richard Jefferson during his appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” to argue that Kevin Durant is better than LeBron James. 

Jefferson’s initial quote centered around trying to calm New York Knicks fans who want to see the Brooklyn Nets in a playoff series. 

“I had LeBron James on my team, and I didn’t want to see Kevin Durant,” Jefferson said. 

Although the quote doesn’t have context or any further explanation, it didn’t stop it from being discussed on “Undisputed between Bayless and his co-host Shannon Sharpe. 

“Thank you, Richard Jefferson; he finally summed up what I’ve been trying to tell you for about three years on this show; Kevin Durant is the best player on this planet,” Bayless said. 

“I had LeBron on my team, and I didn’t wanna see [Durant] coming. What’s the translation? Because he’s better than my guy LeBron, that’s all you need to know.”

However, there’s one issue that’s not precisely what Jefferson said, and the 40-year-old took to Twitter and applied context to his comments. 

“That wasn’t my context or my translation,” Jefferson wrote on Twitter. “It’s crazy how people get to behave when you don’t have to look the athletes in the [eyes].”

Bayless would respond to Jefferson’s tweet on Twitter, inviting the former NBA player to the debate desk to offer any clarification to his comments regarding Durant and James. 

“HEY, RICHARD JEFFERSON: Just saw what you tweeted about me. No, I would LOVE to “look you in the eye” on Undisputed ANY DAY YOU WANT,” Bayless tweeted

“We can discuss EXACTLY what you said about LeBron/KD. I’ve tried to get LeBron on the show for years. Maybe you can help set that up. See you soon.”

Don’t expect Jefferson to be on “Undisputed” anytime soon as ESPN and Fox Sports rarely share their talents. 

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The NFL Still Considering Multiple Offers For Sunday Ticket

The NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has not bid for the package but has stated it is willing to partner with the new rightsholder for a potential deal.

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Sunday Ticket Negotiations

DirecTV currently has the rights to Sunday Ticket. That deal expires at the end of this upcoming football season. The NFL is expected to make a boatload of cash when they decide which media organization gets the next rights to the package. The only question is… who will that be?

Alex Sherman of CNBC reports that the NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has decided not bid for the package. However, they are interested in partnering with the new rightsholder for a potential deal. DirecTV knows that Sunday Ticket is a staple in bars and restaurants and is interested in maintaining those relationships.

Outside of the bar/restaurant industry, success has been limited for the satellite provider with the football package. Fewer than two million subscribers signed up for Sunday Ticket each year which made the package a money-loser for the satellite TV provider.

According to the report, the NFL wants more than $2 billion for the rights and a stake in NFL Media, which is being packaged with Sunday Ticket. Also on the table is the NFL’s mobile rights. The league’s previous mobile agreement with Verizon has ended.

An interesting piece of the negotiations is Sunday Ticket price. According to the report, a buyer would have limited flexibility on pricing. The NFL signed contracts with CBS and Fox and within the framework of those deals, language mandates Sunday Ticket have a premium price. That’s to prevent loss of viewers from the networks that feature local market Sunday afternoon games. So essentially, the price is the price for the consumer.

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F1 Renews With ESPN For U.S. Media Rights

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

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The racing series F1 has decided to stick with ESPN through 2025.

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

The reported value of the three-year contract is set to pay F1 $75-90M per year for the U.S. media rights. Amazon had offered to pay roughly $100M per year, with the right to sublicense to a linear broadcast network. Comcast’s offer was similar to ESPN’s in terms of value and the structure. They also wanted to put select races on it’s streaming service, Peacock.

Netflix was in on the negotiations, as well. The makers of Drive to Survive, the streaming series that many credit with the sport’s explosion in popularity in recent years, wasn’t close on on their financial offer. Also, it seems F1 executives were not ready to put all of its races on a streaming service just yet.

Currently, F1 receives $5M per year for ESPN to broadcast it’s races. ESPN has grabbed about 1.0 million viewers per race. That makes F1 a more than viable option for the network to invest into again. ESPN will be able to put a small number of races on its ESPN+ streaming service exclusively. The vast majority being on ABC or ESPN.

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Skip Bayless Says He And Stephen A. Smith ‘Sorted Out’ Their Disagreement

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

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Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were locked in a war of words last week following the First Take host’s appearance on JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast.

The origins of their partnership were discussed and Bayless admitted he did not like the way Smith characterized the state of First Take before he arrived on set. Smith insisted that Bayless simply misunderstood what he meant by saying that he was told the show needed him.

Over the weekend, Skip Bayless says he and Stephen A. Smith got together at the Bayless home in California to talk things out in private.

“He was in LA, he came over, we sat by the pool,” he said on the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show. “It wasn’t the easiest conversation for a while, but we slowly but surely sorted it out. We got through it, and we have been through so much together.”

Bayless reiterated that he considers Smith a brother. They love each other. That doesn’t mean they are always going to remember events the same way or see eye-to-eye all the time.

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

Fighting doesn’t mean the relationship is fractured. In fact, Skip Bayless was adamant that he remains closer to Smith than he is to most people in his life.

“I don’t trust easily because of the way I was raised, but I do trust Stephen Anthony Smith. Trust him with my life. Always have and always will. I trust he will always be there for me, and you better believe I will always be there for him.”

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