Charles Barkley is sick and tired of the coded language used around coaching in the NBA.
It’s firing season in the Association’s coaching circles as teams with high expectations start to come up short. There are currently three coaching vacancies in the league, but none of the three opened up from a “firing.” Brad Stevens was promoted to Danny Ainge’s front office role from the Boston Celtics bench, while Terry Stotts and Steve Clifford weren’t quite as lucky with the Trail Blazers and Magic.
“Mutual parting of ways in Portland and in Orlando,” host Ernie Johnson said on “Inside the NBA” over the weekend. “Steve Clifford out with the Magic, Terry Stotts out with the Portland Trail Blazers.”
Barkley was succinct in his analysis.
“America, that means they were White,” Barkley quickly intervened. “They fire brothers; they don’t part ways,” the former All-NBA player said as they were bringing on reporter Chris Haynes for an interview.
These jobs are under a heavy microscope after minority hiring issues have been raised for years across majority-black leagues like the NFL and NBA. Barkley isn’t even the lone voice in the past week that has shed light on this. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith literally went off the set on “First Take” surrounding the topic.
“I wasn’t even getting on the owners or the teams; I was really pointing the finger at the NBA players who sit idly by and say nothing,” Smith said Thursday as he explained why he walked off set in frustration the day prior. “They should be ashamed of themselves. ASHAMED. No heart. We wanna speak about police brutality, fine. We wanna speak about social justice, racial inequality, great, but the reason why some people, even though they may not acknowledge it enough, they were wrong to do it, because don’t you dare tell us to ‘shut up and dribble’ don’t you ever tell an athlete that.”
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.