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WWE Should Expect ‘Robust Interest’ In Next Rights Deal, CNBC Reporter Says

“If they’re really going to maximize the value, the more bidders there are, the more they can maximize it, so maybe they feel like this will be another robust auction.”

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With the merger of WWE and UFC into a brand new company, the media rights contracts for both entities have gone under the microscope. Both WWE and UFC are scheduled to begin talks for television rights in the coming months, and with a joint effort, one CNBC reporter claims the offers could be “robust”.

“It will be a publicly traded company that is about to embark on a very lucrative media rights deal,” CNBC’s Alex Sherman said of the new company during an appearance on the Sports Media with Richard Deitsch podcast. “The media rights for both WWE and UFC are coming up for renewal, and Endeavor will basically try to put its money where its mouth is. They said yesterday in the press conference that they are great at doing media rights deals. So we’ll see. They’ll have the chance to prove this. In the coming months, they may show the investment world that they are great at doing this, and that will prove their valuation correct.”

When asked about potentially interested parties, Sherman agreed with the insinuation from Deitsch that it would be helpful for WWE and UFC for tech companies like Amazon and Apple to be interested in the rights to drive the price higher, with companies like FOX and NBC remaining committed to continuing their deals.

“I don’t know exactly who’s interested in this…I do think you’re on solid ground by saying that FOX and NBC Universal are both interested. It’s been a good partnership with particularly NBC because NBC also owns the streaming rights to WWE…Ari Emanuel — who’s going to be the CEO of the new company — alluded to the fact that they want to explore a direct-to-consumer thing also.

“So maybe they will slice-and-dice the rights where there’s some exclusive content that’s also on this new direct-to-consumer thing that they embed in addition to the broadcast cable rights…If they’re really going to maximize the value, the more bidders there are, the more they can maximize it, so maybe they feel like this will be another robust auction.”

The “robust auction” is a nod to phrasing utilized by WWE CEO Nick Khan, who uttered the comments while discussing interest in the company from potential buyers.

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Alex Cohen, Voice of the Iowa Cubs, to Make Major League PBP Debut This Weekend

“Thrilled to be on the call for a pair of Cubs games starting this weekend!”

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Alex Cohen, who has been the voice of the Iowa Cubs for the last seven seasons, is getting called up to the big leagues. For the first time ever, Cohen will call Major League Baseball when he fills in for Jon Sciambi on Marquee Sports Network this Sunday. He has also been told he will have a second game on July 19.

“Thrilled to be on the call for a pair of Cubs games starting this weekend!” Cohen posted on his X account. “So appreciative of Marquee Sports Network and the Iowa Cubs for the opportunity. Will wax poetically about it all later, but until then…Thank you all and can’t wait for Sunday in St. Louis and Friday at Wrigley!”

Cohen was named Ballpark Digest’s 2023 Broadcaster of the Year award. He calls all 150 home and road games for the Cubs Triple-A affiliate on AM 940 in Des Moines and does select games on TV as well. Cohen has previously done some Cubs Spring Training games on Marquee as well as 670 The Score.

Cohen also does work for Iowa State and handles many of their broadcasts on ESPN+. In addition to working with Marquee he has also done work for the Big Ten Network.

Cohen is a 2011 graduate of Indiana University who served as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Rookie Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. He then headed to manage broadcasting and media relations for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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FOX Sports Sets NFL Announcing Teams for 2024

Tom Brady will make his regular season debut with Burkhardt when FOX Sports airs the Dallas Cowboys-Cleveland Browns game on September 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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During this NFL offseason, most of the broadcaster talk has been centered around the arrival of Tom Brady as part of the No. 1 team on FOX Sports with Kevin Burkhardt. Recently it was revealed that Greg Olsen, who had been working with Burkhardt, would be paired with Joe Davis for the upcoming season. Now, based on a report from Andrew Marchand, we know who the rest of the teams will be.

Davis had been working with Daryl Johnston, however ‘Moose’ is now going to be paired with Kevin Kugler. Kugler had previously worked with former NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez, but Sanchez will now be the analyst for Adam Amin.

That means Mark Schlereth will have a new partner as he had been working with Amin. Schlereth will now work with veteran play-by-play announcer Chris Myers. The only team that will stay intact from last season is the pairing of longtime FOX Sports NFL announcer Kenny Albert and Jonathan Vilma.

Tom Brady will make his regular season debut with Burkhardt when FOX Sports airs the Dallas Cowboys-Cleveland Browns game on September 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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NBC Sports Announces Open Championship Coverage Plans

Luke Donald, former World No. 1 and current captain for the European Ryder Cup team, joins Dan Hicks as an analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Open Championship.

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From July 18-21, the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland will receive extensive live coverage from NBC Sports, Peacock, and USA Network.

Throughout the course of the tournament, NBC Sports will offer over 50 hours of live coverage from Thursday to Sunday, with a total of more than 200 hours from Royal Troon including featured groups, featured holes, and Golf Central Live from The Open studio coverage.

Luke Donald, former World No. 1 and current captain for the European Ryder Cup team, joins Dan Hicks as an analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Open Championship. This will be his second time serving as an analyst with NBC Sports, after previously debuting at the Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches and the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year.

The upcoming tournament will be Mike Tirico’s 26th time broadcasting the Open Championship, and his fourth time at Royal Troon. He first broadcasted the event at this location back in 1997 when Justin Leonard was crowned champion.

The play-by-play pairings for the tournament in addition to Hicks and Donald will be Tirico with Brad Faxon, Terry Gannon and Paul McGinley along with Steve Sands and Notah Begay III.

John Wood, Smylie Kaufman, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay and Curt Byrum will serve as on-course reporters and Cara Banks will handle player interviews.

NBC Sports will enhance their extensive coverage of the Open Championship with live broadcasts of selected groups on Peacock, featuring two morning and two afternoon groups each day. Peacock will also provide a dedicated feed for the iconic par-3 ‘Postage Stamp’ 8th hole throughout the tournament.

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