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Alex Rodriguez Explains Why He Still Makes Time For Broadcasting

“I have an investment in baseball that I want it to win big, big.”

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Former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez said he’s never really had to work a day in his life, because he’s already doing things that he would be doing for free anyway.

Speaking on a panel with former ESPN great Bob Ley and Fox Sports vice president of production Bardia Shah-Rais at Seton Hall University on Tuesday, A-Rod was asked by Ley what the attraction for broadcasting MLB games for both Fox and ESPN was amidst everything else going on in his life.

Alex Rodriguez, who is now a real estate mogul and minority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, said he owes the game of baseball for all that he was rewarded with throughout his career.

“Baseball is my first love, and I have an incredible passion for baseball,” he told the gathering put on by Seton Hall’s Center for Sports Media. “I have an investment in baseball that I want it to win big, big.”

He passed on some advice to the students in the room, saying what sold him on broadcasting was the effort put in by Shah-Rais to pitch the opportunity with the network. He added that it comes down to one simple thing.

“Don’t forget that the thing that’s irreplaceable, the reason why Bob Ley has been a titan the last few decades, is the ability to connect with human beings,” Alex Rodriguez said. “I bought into that because there was trust and there was connectivity. And you can only do that in person.”

He talked about how this new generation of college grads and young people are so accustomed now to doing things electronically. But he fell in love with being able to connect with folks on a more personal level by face-to-face conversation.

“You can’t build culture over Zoom,” he said. “It’s hard to build trust over Zoom.”

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FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling

“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”

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An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.

Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.

The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.

The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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