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Draymond Green: ‘My Job Is To Save Media Industry’

“According to Draymond Green, there is enough interest in basketball as a sport that no one should have to talk about anything that happens to players off the court.”

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Through hosting The Draymond Green Show on The Volume or his new role at Turner Sports, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has expanded his platform in the media. With that new platform, he is looking to change the way basketball is talked about.

Green was a guest on the Point Forward podcast with teammate Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner. When they got into Green in the media, he mentioned he views his role in a very significant way.

“People may think I am out of my mind, but the way I view me going to do this job is saving the industry. That’s how I view it because I think it is a dying industry. When you look at media as a whole, it is a dying industry because of guys like y’all two, guys like myself that number one, we are doing things on our own now. You need those people less and less to tell your story.

“Where I think they can stop themselves from dying is do the job the way the job should be done and stop chasing bullshit controversies. That’s the issue that I have with the media. The thing I have learned the most is it actually doesn’t have to be done that way.”

According to Draymond Green, there is enough interest in basketball as a sport that no one should have to talk about anything that happens to players off the court. He also thinks too many employers don’t know or care when hosts make their networks look foolish.

“The game of basketball is such a beautiful game. It’s such a detailed game that there’s always something to talk about that is very interesting to people if you understand the game,” Green said. “The problem we have is people don’t understand the game and they are talking about the game. Some of these employers need to be held accountable too. Stop putting people on there that can stir up the most controversy and let’s go back to teaching this beautiful game of basketball that we love.” 

Draymond Green is taking a bold stand, but his position on the media isn’t entirely different from other former players across a variety of sports. If he is as much natural talent for television as so many in the media have said he does, he just may get the chance to prove he is right.

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NFL Considers Ending Pro Bowl Amidst Low Ratings

“Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports the future of the Pro Bowl was discussed on Tuesday during the owners’ meetings in Atlanta.”

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The NFL is obsessed with TV ratings. It isn’t a surprise that the league may not be willing to tolerate the Pro Bowl underperforming for much longer. 

In 2022, the NFL’s all-star game produced it’s lowest ratings in 16 years. Fewer that 7 million people tuned in to watch the game across ABC, ESPN and DisneyXD. 

“The (Pro Bowl) game doesn’t work,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday after the owners’ meeting in Atlanta. “We need to find another way to celebrate the players.”

There are two proposed alternatives that have been reported. The Washington Post says the league is considering launching a seven-on-seven competition. It would not include tackling or full clocks. The other report comes from Ian Rapport of the NFL Network. He says the league is considering hosting a series of skills competitions over the course of what would be branded an all-star week. The NFL has partnered with DirecTV in the past to present similar events during Super Bowl Week. 

No details have emerged or final decisions made. Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports the future of the Pro Bowl was discussed on Tuesday during the owners’ meetings in Atlanta.

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Former Hulu Exec Michael Schneider Hired To Run Bally Sports+

“Schneider previously was VP of brand and content marketing at Hulu, where he had involvement in various marketing efforts for Hulu + Live TV.”

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Sinclair Broadcast Group and Diamond Sports Group have tapped Michael Schneider as the chief operating officer and general manager of Bally Sports+ when it launches this year.

Schneider will oversee the direct-to-consumer platform that will also be the hub for Bally Sports live programming.

Schneider previously was VP of brand and content marketing at Hulu, where he had involvement in various marketing efforts for Hulu + Live TV.

“Throughout his career, Michael has successfully launched and developed DTC streaming and service platforms and created immersive engagement experiences,” said Sinclair COO and president of broadcast Rob Weisbord. “He is a terrific addition to the team as we build out the Bally Sports+ offering, its exclusive content and passionate fan community.”

Even before Hulu, Schneider had a hand in streaming. He was a founding member of the PlayStation Vue launch team.

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Marquee Sports Network Weighs Streaming Options Outside of Bally Sports+

“Marquee GM Mike McCarthy said to Sports Business Journal there’s no rush, but the network is hopeful they can have something in time for the 2023 season.”

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As Sinclair Broadcast Group prepares to launch Bally Sports+, its direct-to-consumer platform that will be home to Bally Sports live events, the Chicago Cubs are weighing their options for Marquee Sports Network, which the team co-owns with Sinclair.

Despite being under the Sinclair umbrella, Marquee is its own free-standing RSN from the rest of the Bally Sports networks across the country.

Marquee is readily available on a number of cable providers, but the only thing that’s really missing is its own standalone streaming platform for games. Marquee GM Mike McCarthy said to Sports Business Journal there’s no rush, but the network is hopeful they can have something in time for the 2023 season.

“We’re always interested in being on the cutting edge with the ultimate deliverable to our consumer,” McCarthy said. “But there isn’t any contractual clock ticking to make us feel that way. It’s how we’ve approached things from the beginning. Between our two ownership groups, there’s a lot of aggression to get it right. And I think you’ll see something along those lines shortly.”

The TV ratings will always be of top interest for MLB, especially regional ratings. But as the league has worked to embrace more streaming options for games, striking deals with Apple and Peacock for rights this season, it’s all about providing what the fans and viewers want.

“We now have the ability to do so much more, to properly tell the story of a 162-game season,” said Crane Kenney, Chicago Cubs president of business operations. Kenney was instrumental in the launch of Marquee. “We love baseball, we love the game, and we love the opportunity we have to share it with our fans in really deep ways.”

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