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Skip Bayless Wonders Why Charles Barkley Hates Him So Much

“I suspect that, after a long time, Charles is just jealous of me… the things I say piss him off because he wishes he had thought of that and that he could say that on TV.”

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Skip Bayless is confused. He doesn’t have the slightest idea why NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley has such disdain for him.

Barkley has not been shy with talking publicly about why he dislikes the Fox Sports Undisputed co-host. Barkley has even expressed a desire to kill Bayless. Bayless said it doesn’t make sense because he’s never done anything to Barkley.

“There’s no backstory here,” Bayless said on his podcast, The Skip Bayless Show, via The Big Lead. “There’s no hidden agenda. I didn’t somehow do him wrong in an interview situation, I didn’t double-cross him. I don’t know anything about anything that could have set off Charles as far as what I’ve said, written, or done.”

Bayless has had to develop thick skin over the years, especially after rising in prominence from his time being opposite ESPN host Stephen A. Smith. He doesn’t take the hate from Barkley personally, but he just wants to better understand why Barkley feels the way he feels.

He opened the door for Barkley to join him on his podcast so they can figure out what the problem is.

“I challenge Charles again to join me on this platform,” Bayless said. “We can have a whole hour to go back and forth so I can better understand why he wants to kill me. And who knows? Maybe I can convince him I’m not worth killing.”

But in the end, Bayless surmised that maybe Barkley just wishes he was more like Skip.

“I suspect that, after a long time, Charles is just jealous of me,” he said. “He watches me, most days if not every day, on TV. And the things I say piss him off because he wishes he had thought of that and that he could say that on TV.

“But, just deep down, I have this feeling that Charles is afraid to ever try to get to know me because he’s afraid he just might like me.”

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ESPN Creates ACC/SEC Challenge

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports.

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ESPN, in conjunction with the ACC and SEC, is slated to announce the creation of the ACC/SEC Challenge for men’s and women’s basketball.

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports. That number will grow to 30 contests when the SEC expands for the 2025-2026 season.

Every game in the challenge will be aired on an ESPN platform, with each side hosting the same amount of home games.

The creation of the event comes on the heels of the Big Ten’s new media rights deal with FOX, NBC, and CBS, ending a nearly four-decade relationship with ESPN. The ACC/Big Ten Challenge began in 1999, with the SEC/Big 12 Challenging beginning in 2013. Both events will cease to exist following this season.

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FOX Sports Sees Record-Setting Ratings Weekend

The World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

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FOX Sports has been home to a number of record-setting games in terms of viewership over the last several days.

In addition to FOX Sports setting a new mark for a Thanksgiving and regular season NFL audience, the World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

The network reported the U.S./England match in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup averaged 15.377 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer game in the U.S. ever, topping the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil.

Viewership of the match was up 11% compared to the second group stage contest for the U.S. team in 2014 against Portugal. The audience peaked at 19.646 million from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

FOX Sports also reported the Michigan/Ohio State game on Saturday drew in 17 million, which made it the most-watched regular season college game on the network ever. That figure was also the highest of any regular season contest since 2011. That game also saw the audience peak at 19.6 million.

Viewership for the game was up 3% compared to last year.

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ESPN Bowl Plans Could Be Altered By NFL Flex Scheduling

“While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules.”

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ESPN could be forced to adjust its upcoming bowl season schedule if the NFL decides to flex a Las Vegas Raiders game a week before Christmas.

ESPN announced its contingency plans for two bowl contests, the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. The Las Vegas Bowl is currently planned to kick off from Allegiant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on December 17. The Raiders right now are still planning to play in the Sunday night game the next night against the Patriots.

Should the NFL decide to flex the Raiders out of the SNF window, ESPN will swap kickoff times between the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. That would mean the game in sin city will kick off at 11:30 a.m. local time, with the contest in Albuquerque starting at 5:20 p.m. local time that evening.

“The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl are both owned and operated by ESPN Events, so this change is a solution that will work for all parties,” ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby said. “While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules. We are more than prepared to move forward with this revised schedule if necessary.”

Kickoff times will be determined well enough ahead that the schools taking part in both games shouldn’t be adversely affected.

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