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Joe Buck Happy To Call All Star Game In Person

“I want to see everything. I’ve done games remotely where there’s a ball on the field, where did that come from? If the camera is not showing it, you are just guessing.”

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Tonight, the 91st MLB All-Star Game will take place at Coors Field in Colorado. Joe Buck and John Smoltz will be on the call for the event that hasn’t been played since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be fans in the stands and it will feel like somewhat of a normal atmosphere. 

While Buck was playing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe last week, he took the time to join the Green Light with Chris Long podcast. The two went over what happened in Seattle last week when Yankees radio announcer John Sterling did his home run call that was actually replay of a previous home run due to having to call the game remotely from Yankee Stadium. 

Buck sympathized with the decision. He noted that announcing games remotely has been challenging.

“I’ve done games remotely now and while there are benefits of getting in your car and going home from a studio and not dealing with traffic after a game, you don’t want to be that myopic with your view,” Buck told Long. “I want to see everything. I’ve done games remotely where there’s a ball on the field, where did that come from? If the camera is not showing it, you are just guessing.” 

Not everyone can tell when Buck, Smoltz, or any other broadcaster is working from a remote studio. Joe Buck says he has been calling games long enough to pick up on some major audio differences when a broadcast team is in the booth versus when they are not.

“We have audio mics all over the stadium…There’s also a lot of natural crowd noise that comes out of the mic that is right in front of my face. A lot of times you can hear when an analyst or play-by-play guy hits the kill switch on the mic. Part of the audio goes out. I can almost hear someone sound like they were removed from actually being immersed in the stadium. I didn’t love it.

“I couldn’t really tell with the level of play-by-play or analysis if they weren’t there or not, but it just was a sound thing. You just have to be really careful and you have to take your time and you can’t jump the gun.”

With fans now back in the stands, Buck makes it a point to use the crowd noise in his broadcasts as much as he can. Some people may think he doesn’t care, but as he told Long, it is exactly the opposite: 

“I ride the crowd noise as much as I can. I don’t feel like there’s anything more important that needs to come out of my mouth right now than listening to a great crowd. A lot of the times people say he’s too nonchalant, he doesn’t care. It’s actually the opposite. I would rather you hear the crowd and make you on the couch feel like you are there than just me dominate and talk wall-to-wall. I don’t feel the need to say anything other than put a stamp on what just happened and then shut up and let the crowd go crazy.”

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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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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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