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Ariel Helwani Announces Exit From ESPN

“During negotiations for a new deal, Helwani had the opportunity to see what other offers may exist for his services. He says he was excited by what he heard from other potential employers.”

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Ariel Helwani is leaving ESPN. The MMA reporter shared the news on social media, confirming that his last day with the network will be June 15.

Helwani had been locked in contentious negotiations with ESPN according to an April report from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. He announced in a video post on Instagram that he never expected to leave ESPN after three years, but during the past six months he was excited by what he heard from other potential employers.

Helwani had nothing but good things to say about the network. He called his time at ESPN “amazing” and the chance to work there “a dream come true.” He also praised Jimmy Pitaro and other members of ESPN’s management for having his back, something that he claims wasn’t provided at other places of employment.

While he is best known for the work he has done around the UFC and other MMA promotions, Helwani mentioned that covering the NBA Summer League was one of the stand out moments of his time at ESPN. He thanked Tim Corrigan for giving him the chance to work three games alongside Jorge Sedano and Vince Carter.

“I have a lot of respect for what ESPN stands for and I have a lot of respect for the people there. I’m truly grateful for what they gave me and for the opportunities that they gave me,” Helwani said, stressing that the decision to leave ESPN is his and there is no bad blood between him and the network.

Outkick’s Bobby Burack reports that many in the industry believe that Helwani can ride the wave of growth in MMA and the UFC and maximize his value outside of a traditional media deal.

Andrew Marchand reports that Helwani has signed one deal with Action Network. The deal will be non-exclusive. That means that Helwani can create content for other companies as well.

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One interesting thing to note is that Helwani did not mention ESPN’s contract with the UFC. Helwani and UFC leader Dana White have a very contentious relationship. Helwani has been outspoken in the past about White meddling in his career and making it difficult to do his job. White even tried to revoke Helwani’s press credentials in the past, installing a lifetime ban before reversing his decision a few days later.

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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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