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Andrew Marchand, John Ourand Make Predictions on Next NBA TV Deal

The NBA will see its current TV deal expire after the 2024-2025 season.

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The NBA is going to be entering a new media rights contract at the start of the 2024-25 season, and Andrew Marchand and John Ourand have an idea of who the league will be partnering with.

In the latest installment of The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, the duo gave their predictions for what the NBA’s next media rights deal will look like.

To Marchand, it doesn’t seem likely that Warner Bros. Discovery and ESPN will lose out on rights.

“I’d say right now Tuesdays belong to (Warner Bros. Discovery) during the regular season,” he said. “Thursday belongs to Amazon after the NFL ends. Then ESPN has the biggest package still with the NBA Finals. Then they don’t do Wednesdays anymore, as they try to get more marquee games.”

Marchand’s wild card prediction for the new contract was that the league would welcome back NBC into the fray. In his opinion, the league needs to add another broadcast TV partner in order to justify the rights fee increase.

“I think they’re gonna need, if they want to get to the money they want, they’re gonna need four entities,” he said. “And so I have NBC getting in there. I think Adam Silver and the NBA are nostalgic with NBC.”

Ourand agreed with Marchand on WBD and ESPN remaining partnered. In terms of the NBA bringing in a streaming partner, he feels like Amazon is going to be that partner. He thinks the streaming giant will take a similar approach that they’ve taken with the NFL and their Thursday night package, where Amazon will work out a deal with one of the networks to lend out broadcast crews.

“Look for Amazon and Warner Bros. Discovery to get together so they can share production, perhaps even share talent in some cases,” Ourand said.

Ourand liked the idea of NBC getting in again, but he thinks Disney is going to do everything possible to prevent split rights to the NBA Finals.

“ESPN really wants to keep the Finals,” Ourand said. “The idea of doing alternate finals with NBC is something that they don’t want to have.”

“I think ESPN is going to pay up enough in order to control all aspects of the Finals and one of the conference finals,” he added. “I think NBC’s gonna make a big run for it, but I think they’re gonna be boxed out for it by ESPN.”

In terms of ranking potential NBA streaming partners from worst chance to best, Ourand put Netflix at the bottom, followed by Apple. John said not to sleep on Google/YouTube.

“They love their Sunday Ticket deal,” he said. “They’re starting to get addicted to sports in the same way that legacy media companies have been. I think they’re somebody just to keep an eye on.”

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Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit Featured As Commentary Team for ‘NCAA Football 25’

“I’m so excited to FINALLY announce that I’m part of @EASPORTSCollege
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NCAA Football fans rejoice — NCAA Football 25 will feature ESPN’s Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. Fowler will be making his first appearance in the game while Herbstreit will be doing it for the 14th time. The pair confirmed the news today via their X accounts:

The pair were finally able to reveal their involvement as more news came out about the game starting today. Multiple news items about the game were reported, including the participation of all 134 Division I football programs, and that college football players could opt into the game for NIL purposes. According to The Athletic’s Chris Vannini, players will receive $600 and a free copy of the game for opting in. Those who fail to opt in will be replaced by a generic avatar.

Following the initial news, Front Office Sports revealed more names attached to NCAA Football 25 — Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, Kevin Connors, and David Pollack. All but Pollack, who was laid off from the company in June, are ESPN employees.

The last NCAA Football game was released in 2013 and started the conversation of whether players should be paid for their participation. EA Sports then stopped putting out versions of the game, despite critical and commercial success. Fan projects like College Football Revamped strived to bring the game into modern times — but now it’s no longer needed. College Football 25 will be revealed in earnest this May, with a release date slated for the summer.

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Joy Taylor and Taylor Rooks to Launch New Podcast

“This show is a space for us to be honest about our experiences, our emotions, and the way we view the world.”

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Fox Sports 1’s Joy Taylor and Thursday Night Football’s Taylor Rooks are teaming up for a new podcast, Two Personal, which will debut on March 6. The description of the new content says it will take on subjects beyond the world of sports such as mental health, discrmination and other social issues. The two friends plan to share things they would normally talk about only in private.

“Joy [Taylor] and I have navigated our careers together as sisters in sport, but Two Personal allows us to expand and share our private thoughts and conversations with our listeners,” said Rooks. “This show is a space for us to be honest about our experiences, our emotions, and the way we view the world. There is infinitely more to us than what we have allowed the public to see, and I’m thrilled to be in a place where I feel ready to bare my full self and give an honest look into who I am completely.”

“I am so excited to launch Two Personal with Taylor [Rooks]” Joy Taylor said. “We have spent our careers in sports and now have created an opportunity to show a different side of ourselves. The authentic, raw and exposing side of our experiences and personalities outside of sports. We can’t wait to bring our girl talk to the world!”

The podcast is scheduled to drop a new episode each Wednesday on YouTube and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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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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