Connect with us

Sports Online

Bloomberg Predicts Apple, Amazon Make Bid For NBA Rights

“A third media rights package may be the only way for Adam Silver and league owners to achieve the type of annual revenue they are said to want.”

Published

on

The NBA is said to be aiming for the moon in its next round of media rights negotiations. Jabari Young of CNBC reported last year that the league wants as much as $75 billion in rights fees.

In order for the price tag to climb that high, there would likely need to be a glut of interested bidders. That would mean that ESPN and TNT would see competition from more than just the likes of CBS, FOX, and NBC.

In a column for Bloomberg, Lucas Shaw wonders if that competition could come from the streaming space. He suggests that tech giants Apple and Amazon could have the NBA on their respective radars and vice versa.

“Most people expect Turner and ESPN to retain their rights, but the NBA could go the way of the NFL and carve off yet another package for Silicon Valley,” Shaw writes. “If the league does, it will try to entice basketball super fan Eddy Cue and Apple to make a bid. Or Amazon, which already has an NFL package.”

Amazon is no stranger to sports. The company will begin exclusive coverage of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football next season. It is also expected to bid for an ownership stake in NFL Media.

The NBA would represent Apple’s first foray into live sports, should the company be interested. Apple has kicked the tires on live sports in the past for its Apple TV+ service. It has been linked to both the NFL and the PAC-12 Conference. So far though, nothing has come to fruition, leaving Ted Lasso as the closest thing the platform has to live sports.

NBA fans are considerably younger and more tech-savvy than those of the NFL, NHL, and Major League Baseball. A deal with Amazon, Apple or another streaming giant makes a lot of sense. A third media rights package may be the only way for Adam Silver and league owners to achieve the type of annual revenue they are said to want.

Sports Online

Michael Kay: Vin Scully Was ‘A Gift From The Gods’

“No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

Published

on

As sports media figures continue to mourn the passing of Vin Scully, Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay penned a special op-ed to Scully in The New York Post.

Kay noted the sheer length of Scully’s career — pointing out he announced games for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges just as he did for Clayton Kershaw — and how his style “transcended generations”.

“If you listen to how some called a game in the 50s, you can question if they would even be hired by today’s execs or, more importantly, accepted by today’s audience,” Kay said. “Scully was just as good and relevant in 2016 as he was in 1950. There is an incredible genius to that accomplishment.”

The two baseball broadcasters both graduated from Fordham University, which Kay said bonded them after they were introduced to one another in 1999 by Scully’s friend Keith Olbermann.

Kay also echoed a sentiment shared by many the day following Scully’s passing: that he was the greatest sports broadcaster of all time.

“In an era of hot takes where debate shows argue about the greatest this and the greatest that, there is no debate that Scully is simply the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived,” Kay definitively said. “No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

He later added Scully’s ability “was a gift from the Gods. A lovely, soft, easy voice and a disarming manner that made him sound like a friend and not an authority figure giving you the score.”

Continue Reading

Sports Online

NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt Will Host Podcast With Omaha Productions

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

Jordan Bondurant

Published

on

You’ll soon be able to hear NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on your favorite podcast platform.

Brandt, who co-hosts Good Morning Football, signed on with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions according to Adam Schefter.

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”

Caesars Sportsbook will be supply all betting lines for Brandt’s show. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.

Brandt’s show joins a lineup of six other podcasts originally announced back in June.

Continue Reading

Sports Online

DirecTV Strikes Deal with Amazon to Carry Thursday Night Football in Bars and Restaurants

. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so.

Published

on

DirecTV Amazon

This season, Thursday Night Football moves over to Amazon’s streaming service for the first time. That might be good for consumers at home, but that left a drastic issue still with bars and restaurants carrying the games.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Amazon has agreed to allow DirecTV co carry its games to bars and restaurants. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so. Some establishments that have upgraded their equipment recently have run into issues syncing the video to go to different televisions from the stream.

DirecTV is also entering its last season with NFL Sunday Ticket.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Barrett Media Writers

Copyright © 2021 Barrett Media.