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Stephen A. Smith: I’m Almost a King-Maker at ESPN

“I’m blessed and fortunate enough to be in a position where, for lack of a better phrase, I almost feel like a king-maker,” Smith told Williams.

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Make no bones about it, whether you love or hate Stephen A. Smith, he’s one of the top sports media personalities out there. When First Take goes on the air, Stephen A. is in his element. That element also comes with certain responsibilities.

Talking to Jay Williams for the NPR podcast The Limits with Jay Williams, Stephen A. said he’s using the platform of the show to not just stand in the spotlight, but to also elevate the guests he has on to debate.

“I’m blessed and fortunate enough to be in a position where, for lack of a better phrase, I almost feel like a king-maker,” Smith told Williams. “What I mean by that is that I got this platform on First Take. I’m the star of the show. The company has entrusted to show to me – just made me the executive producer of First Take and all of this other stuff.”

“When I come on the air, it’s not just me sitting across debating you,” he said. “It’s me now evaluating you as a talent and looking at what the best is that you have in you and peeling that out to give you an opportunity to showcase it.”

Stephen A. added that the responsibility that comes with evaluating talent makes him feel like a king-maker in some ways.

“Look at the opportunity to work with me as an opportunity to evaluate yourself and look at your strengths and your own weaknesses, and then know that you got the time to rectify whatever you think needs to be modified,” he said. “You know, to eliminate whatever holds you back and to buffer whatever your strengths are. Because you’re working across from somebody who wants you to do that.”

Almost like a coach, Smith said he’ll work with the folks he’s had on his show and break down the good and the bad in an effort to help make them shine brighter next time.

“So when I look at guys and ladies and they’re on the show – they’ll tell you. I’ve had conversations – you know this – I’ve had conversations with everybody,” he said. “Here’s what you need to do. Here’s what I think is going to help you. Here’s where this – because I want them to know you’ve got a fan in me. You wouldn’t be on a show if I didn’t believe in you. This is what you need to do to get to this point, because this is what’s going on in the business. And I want you to elevate.”

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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.

Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”

Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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