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Molly Qerim: DeShaun Watson Contract Is ‘Slap in The Face’ To Female NFL Fans

“She went on to say the Browns have made a mockery of any punishment handed down to DeShaun Watson by restructuring his contract.”

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Someone has to be really fired up in order for Stephen A. Smith to not be able to get a word in during a conversation. “Really fired up” would be an understatement for Molly Qerim on Monday’s edition of First Take.

Smith asked his co-host what she would want to see the NFL do when it comes to DeShaun Watson after a grand jury failed to indict him last week. He described the NFL’s female audience as “profound” and “incredibly potent.” He asked Qerim what that audience wants to see the league do.

“There’s 22 lawsuits, 22 civil suits,” Qerim answered. “I don’t know if he’s won or lost. That’s why I think it’s premature by the Cleveland Browns to give this man the most guaranteed money ever.”

The NFL has a set punishment for incidents of domestic violence. The rule is a player is suspended for six games. Molly Qerim described that as “egregious” and said that players facing those charges should be out for a year minimum.

She went on to say the Browns have made a mockery of any punishment handed down to DeShaun Watson by restructuring his contract. He will get paid just over $1 million in the first year of the deal. That would be the check that sees the effects of a suspension. He would have $229 million more guaranteed to him that the league wouldn’t be able to touch.

“If he’s losing these cases, he should not be playing a full season. Maybe two seasons. That’s why they gave him a million dollars, Stephen A, because they know punishment might come down. A million dollars when you’re about to get $229 million? That’s a slap in the face to all women everywhere!”

The threshold for punishment from the league is lower than being charged with a crime. Adam “Pac Man” Jones often points out that he was never convicted of anything despite having been suspended from the league for an entire season in 2007.

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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