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ESPN Will “Absolutely” Pursue 2030 World Cup Rights

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ESPN WORLD CUP

There is no doubt the value of having the world’s most popular game’s most popular tournament, the World Cup, on your television network. ESPN realized that in 2014, the last time the network alongside ABC, hosted the tournament. Over one billion people tuned in. In fact, 1.013 billion people watched at least one minute of the Final match between Germany and Argentina.

That’s billion, with a big, fat ‘B’. So it’s no wonder that ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro would be beyond interested in bidding for the next FIFA World Cup rights that would be available, which is 2030.

“Absolutely,” Pitaro said in an interview with Richard Deitsch. “Hard stop. Without any reservations.”

Pitaro continued by saying he’d go for the 2026 World Cup if he could have. FOX retained those rights when FIFA shockingly announced in 2015 that they’d extend the partnership with the network beyond the already secured 2018 and 2022 tournament. It was an early declaration that essentially iced-out any competitive bidding process. FIFA would later admit they did so to avoid a possible lawsuit from FOX in the event the 2022 World Cup would have to be rescheduled. This year’s World Cup was rescheduled to November-December to avoid the brutal heat in Qatar.

“If the rights were coming up for the (2026) World Cup, I would say the same thing,” Pitaro continued. “It’s a fantastic game and (ESPN president of programming and original content) Burke Magnus’ group has done a fantastic job at acquiring really great international rights that have moved the needle for ESPN+ and really helped us get to where we are right now. I think soccer is part of the identity today of ESPN. If you’re a soccer fan now, you pretty much have to have ESPN+. Yeah, we’re all in on the sport. So the answer to your question is yes. Whenever they’re ready to talk, we’re ready to sit down with them.”

ESPN currently has rights to other soccer leagues such as La Liga, Bundesliga and the Eredivise. ESPN also holds select U.S. national team rights.

The network made the worldwide television audience take notice and earned effusive praise in 2010. That year’s studio coverage originated, from the first time, entirely from South Africa, the host country.

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Stephen A. Smith: ‘I Don’t Feel Obligated To Agree With Black Community’

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Stephen A. Smith is out promoting his new memoir Straight Shooter. He recently sat down for a conversation with Men’s Health magazine.

Interviewer Rachel Epstein covers a wide variety of topics with Smith. Some are about what can be found in the book. Some are about the First Take star’s public perception.

She asked how Smith balances the responsibility of representing the Black community with his brand. On ESPN, Smith is known for being unique and unapologetic for his sometimes over-the-top persona.

“Number one by being fair,” he said. “By trying to gather as much information and educate myself on issues as much as I possibly can.”

He added that he has never felt pressure to think a certain way or say a certain thing. Even if pressure existed, he prides himself on not giving in to it.

“I never feel an obligation to agree with my community. I believe we all have a right to think the way we want to think. But I do feel a responsibility to make sure that the perspective emanating from my community is heard, even if I disagree.”

Stephen A. Smith is one of the highest-paid and most visible employees at ESPN. He said that a certain responsibility comes along with that status. He wants the Black community to know that even if he doesn’t agree, he will make sure people know what he is hearing when he is on TV talking about an important subject.

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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