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Andrew Marchand: WWE/Netflix Deal Paves Path for Amazon to Get NBA Rights

The new deal between the WWE and Netflix could be what propels the NBA to be ok being on a streaming platform, Marchand argues.

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The multi-billion dollar agreement announced Tuesday between WWE and Netflix is turning out to be a key factor in determining what the NBA’s new media rights deal could potentially look like.

Andrew Marchand on The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast said the path seems clear for Amazon to get a streaming package as part of the next rights agreement.

“To me, my big takeaway, this points to Amazon even more so getting the NBA,” Andrew Marchand told guest co-host Austin Karp. “I think Amazon could’ve been involved in the WWE deal, and I think it points less that the NBA is gonna end up with Netflix. Because I just don’t think if they’re gonna make this big bet on WWE, I’m not sure they’re just gonna right away make a huge bet on the NBA. It’s a little counterintuitive.”

“This is Netflix, yes, getting into sports. But how far into sports are they going?” he asked.

Netflix has limited experience in producing live events, however, WWE handles its TV event production internally. But given the lack of a track record compared to Apple or Amazon, Karp said it makes sense for Netflix to capitalize on a product like WWE.

“I think they want to walk before they run, and I think they’re gonna want to really make sure that they do WWE properly before they get hot and heavy with some of the other sports rights that might be out there,” Karp said.

While churn rate has been a big topic of discussion particularly with regards to the streaming-exclusive NFL playoff broadcast two weeks ago, Netflix won’t have to worry about that with WWE fans. Andrew Marchand thinks Amazon wouldn’t have to worry about churn rate if the NBA was on Prime Video.

“The NBA is gonna be fine,” he said. “They’re gonna get the most money they’re probably gonna have to do four partners I think.”

“Netflix made their bet on WWE instead of NBA, and I think Amazon’s gonna make their bet on NBA instead of WWE,” Marchand added.

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

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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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