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Joel Klatt: Seeing ‘Jump Around’ Tradition Live Was Emotional Experience

“Klatt joined The Colin Cowherd Podcast to explain the atmosphere.”

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Week One of college football is in the books and what stood out to some people was the energy from the full-capacity stadiums and traditions, that didn’t take place in 2020 due to COVID-19, which resumed this year with fans in the stands. Amongst those traditions are “Enter Sandman” playing before Virginia Tech games and “Jump Around” playing before the start of the 4th quarter at Wisconsin.

Joel Klatt was in the broadcast booth for Penn State’s win at Wisconsin Saturday along with Gus Johnson and sideline reporter Jenny Taft to experience the Madison energy first-hand. He even wrote on Twitter Saturday that it was tough for him to even speak during the experience.

Klatt joined The Colin Cowherd Podcast to explain the atmosphere. He explained that it was FOX’s decision to show the experience live rather than taped coming out of a commercial break.

“What we experienced, Gus, I, and Jenny at Camp Randall for “Jump Around”, I couldn’t speak. Our producer, Chuck McDonald, it was his idea. Thankfully, everybody in our programming department was like yeah, we are going to come back early, figure out where to put those commercials elsewhere in the game so that we can cover “Jump Around” live, not on tape. What they were doing there you were experiencing at home.

“That was an amazing idea. Everybody at FOX said yes, let’s figure it out. Our director did an amazing job shooting it, bringing you into the stadium. Chuck McDonald and Rich Dewey did an amazing job.” 

Cowherd even mentioned that watching that moment during the Big Ten matchup gave him goosebumps and he got emotional watching it as a fan. 

The moment also hit home for Taft as she wrote on Twitter that she used to go to Wisconsin games growing up, so she got to experience the fan tradition in a different way as a sideline reporter.

FOX’s Big Noon Saturday will be in Columbus, Ohio this week for the Top 15 matchup between Oregon and Ohio State. As traditions come back in college football, one would expect FOX and other networks to show more of these events live to remind fans of what they missed during an unprecedented season a year ago. 

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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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