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Bryson Dechambeau Mocks Tom Brady’s Torn Pants at “The Match”

Dechambeau and Aaron Rodgers won “The Match 4”

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Courtesy: Golf.com

The Match 4 pitted Aaron Rodgers and Bryson Dechambeau against Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson… and tape?

Dechambeau made sure to get the jokes rolling early on Tuesday by bringing a roll of duct tape to the first tee. The polarizing golfer had a joke ready to harken back to The Match 2 when Brady split his pants on camera while picking the golf ball out of a hole.

Right when Brady was getting set to launch his opening tee shot, in walked Dechambeau with the duct tape roll ready.

“Hold up guys!” DeChambeau said before tossing the tape to Brady. “I really wanted to do this for you guys so that what happened last time doesn’t occur.”

“It’s for the pants, and that’s for your lips,” DeChambeau added. “Boom roasted.”

The quick-witted Brady had a retort ready to fire, “I like it, look at the young gun, he’s not afraid of anybody.” That confidence didn’t carry over to the tee shot as the 43-year-old quarterback sailed his first drive left. That was the start of a rough day for Mickelson and Brady who ultimately lost the alternate shot format to their favored opponents.

Whether it’s a major winner in Brooks Koepka or the winningest quarterback of all time, Dechambeau isn’t afraid to ruffle the great’s feathers.

Rodgers and Dechambeau may have won the day on paper, but Mickelson carried the ill-timed broadcast in Big Sky country. The event ran up against Game One of the NBA Finals, but Mickelson did his best to keep the audience engaged throughout the round with jokes and his signature charm. 

The 2021 PGA Championship winner even tried to work in side bets with Dechambeau, doing all he could to keep the evening entertaining. Rodgers was his normal, quiet self while having to dodge questions about his future in Green Bay.

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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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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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