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Clay Travis: CBS Executives Should Be Fired For Allowing SEC to Leave for ESPN

“CBS tripping all over themselves and ending their relationship with the SEC is so dumb that every single person who was responsible for that decision should be fired on the spot.”

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OutKick host Clay Travis has harsh words for CBS executives who he says let the SEC leave for ESPN in lieu of a new deal with the Big Ten.

During OutKick The Show, Clay Travis broached the topic of the near future’s cosmic shift of college football media rights and made some stark comments about CBS and the execs that “ended their relationship with the SEC.”

“This is what CBS did, the single dumbest decision in the history of my life in sports media,” Travis said. “CBS tripping all over themselves and ending their relationship with the SEC is so dumb that every single person who was responsible for that decision should be fired on the spot.

“If I ran CBS, I would be like, ‘Everybody who screwed up the SEC game of the week and chose not to extend it at what would have been a substantial discount to what they ended up paying for a far worse package from the Big Ten? All of them should be fired.’”

Starting in 2024, the SEC will no longer air on CBS and will find its new home on ESPN and ABC. In its place will be a new-look Big Ten, sporting four top programs that fled the sinking Pac-12: USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Washington. Despite the excitement surrounding the Big Ten, Travis still feels like the move is a massive downgrade, comparing the SEC game of the week to a first-overall pick versus a third-round pick in the form of the Big Ten games.

“CBS Sports had the greatest television package in college sports history, in that they had the number one draft pick of every SEC game every week,” Travis said. “They went from the best game in college football many weeks — the SEC premier pick — to leaving the SEC and getting like third-round draft picks from the Big Ten.”

Travis credits ESPN for fostering their relationship with the SEC over the past two decades, which originally culminated in the formation of the SEC Network, a channel dedicated to all things Southeastern Conference. Disney and ESPN lay in wait while CBS had the big games, then took the next step with the SEC while CBS had its eyes elsewhere.

Now, the two sports titans are going steady at the proverbial sports media dance while CBS seemingly grabbed the first option on the other side of the floor. All CBS had to do, Clay Travis says, was pay a little more for then-new SEC entrants Texas A&M and Missouri back in 2012, and all would still be good.

“All the SEC had to do…was bump their payment up a little bit…and they could’ve extended their relationship,” Clay Travis said. “Yet when the SEC expanded and added Missouri and Texas A&M, ESPN said ‘Here is our checkbook, SEC. We want to be in business with you for as long as we can. We understand what you’re doing and we want to be in business with you. And that was the impetus behind the launching of the SEC Network.’”’ 

However, Texas and Oklahoma are leaving the Big 12 two years early and will join the SEC in 2024, which means more money for CBS that they may have not been willing to pay, even for some of the most recognizable programs in the country.

Despite the doom and gloom surrounding the deal, the new Big Ten will be no slouch. While CBS will lose perennial college football powerhouses like Alabama and Georgia, it gains USC and UCLA, Oregon and Washington from the Pac-12. This is on top of their existing teams like Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska, and Iowa. The only regular-season college football game to crack the top 100 broadcasts of 2022 was last year’s edition of “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State.

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Report: Amazon Prime Video Paying $120M to Stream NFL Playoff Game

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting Amazon and the NFL have reached agreement on a $120 million deal for Prime Video to have exclusive rights to stream an NFL playoff game at the end of the 2024 season.

Amazon had passed on the opportunity to air the game this past season. It subsequently aired on Peacock in a deal which was valued at $110 million. The AFC Wild Card round matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs made sports media history, garnering an average minute audience (AMA) of 23.0 million viewers, making the contest the most-streamed live event in the history of the United States.

NBCUniversal also revealed that the contest reached 27.6 million total viewers and peaked at an average of 24.6 million viewers during the second quarter. Engagement with the playoff game accounted for the largest internet event in history with 30% of internet traffic prioritizing the game at this time.

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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VSiN Host Jonathan Von Tobel Announces New Lineup Changes; ‘Hardwood Handicappers’ Discontinued

Von Tobel says he’s ‘Looking forward to being on the lineup M-F once again!’

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The Vegas Sports and Information Network (VSiN) just made some changes to its lineup in time for spring, adding a new host to an established show but sunsetting another. According to VSiN host Jonathan Von Tobel, he will be joining VSiN Primetime as a full-time host alongside Tim Murray and Britton Hess, but Hardwood Handicappers will be discontinued.

In response, Kelley Bydlon said “THANK YOU to everyone who listened and supported along the way,” via his X account, while Zachary Cohen (@BettingOnX) simply retweeted Von Tobel’s post. It’s unknown what will happen with Bydlon but Von Tobel mentioned that he and Cohen will continue to write daily columns for the operation.

Recently, our Derek Futterman spent a day with the VSiN team, observing shows and learning what it takes to build a content enterprise solely around sports betting.

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Eric Hosmer Launches Media Company, New Podcast After MLB Retirement

“I’ll have the opportunity to give the fans some insight on my perspective and my experiences on what might be going on.”

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Longtime first baseman Eric Hosmer has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, concluding a 13-year career in which he won four Gold Glove awards and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. In 2015, Hosmer served as an integral member of the World Series championship run by the Kansas City Royals, helping the team hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy after a 4-1 series victory over the New York Mets. After departing the Royals in free agency, Hosmer played parts of five seasons with the San Diego Padres before concluding his career with stints as a member of the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.

Concurrent with his official retirement, Hosmer and former minor-league teammate Anthony Seratelli are launching MoonBall Media. The media and production company will produce and disseminate original, unscripted programming in addition to social media content and free ad-supported television (FAST) channels. The company will begin operations with the Diggin’ Deep podcast, a new offering hosted by Hosmer and featuring former major-league reliever Peter Moylan and current process and development coach Justin Su’a. Seratelli, who played a decade of professional baseball in the Nippon Professional Baseball league, is slated to produce the show.

“I feel like I have so many fun stories that I want to give back, especially these last couple of years of my career when I got to experience the big-time markets, being in Chicago, being in Boston,” Hosmer said in an interview with Forbes. “I think this podcast is something where I can really have enjoyment and dig deep into other people’s processes and how that helped them succeed.”

Becoming involved in the sports media space became more appealing to Hosmer as he continued through his major-league career. He expressed how the baseball space lacks players sharing insights and perspectives, comparing it to the rise of athlete-driven media among National Football League and National Basketball Association players.

On the podcast itself, Hosmer aspires to cultivate a setting in which interviewees are comfortable expounding and extrapolating on subject matter, deviating from what is done by traditional media in major-league clubhouses.

“That insight from a player’s perspective – that’s what I’m really looking forward to because there are some situations where a player wants to really have his own voice to explain a situation, but you really just can’t in the baseball world because players are wired to be tight-lipped and it’s all about the team and stuff,” Hosmer said. “I’ll have the opportunity to give the fans some insight on my perspective and my experiences on what might be going on. It will be a unique perspective that maybe we’ll be able to give fans a different look and insight.”

The first six episodes of the show have already been produced with an initial focus on baseball; however, the program will aim to broaden its horizons by including guests from other sports. The nature of these interviews will be more reflective rather than trying to reveal news or rumors, something he believes will be unique in the media space as well. Hosmer further explained his decision on the premiere episode of the program, which was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday morning.

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