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What Obstacles Stand in the Way of a Super Bowl in London?

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Last week, Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, placed an offer of $800 million to purchase London’s Wembley Stadium, a sale that could be completed in as soon as eight weeks. London has served as the Jacksonville Jaguars second home in recent years, leading some to believe Khan has a long-term vision of making England the team’s permanent home.

While having an NFL franchise a seven hour flight from its nearest opponent would be difficult, Khan spoke of bringing the Super Bowl to London.

“Our role would be to provide a world class venue,” Khan told BBC. “Wembley is a great stadium and you want to get it configured to hold Super Bowl and World Cup finals.”

Taking North American football’s biggest game away from North America would undoubtedly cause an uproar from fans, but once everyone is sitting in-front of their television watching the game, would the location really matter?

The most obvious hurdle with playing the Super Bowl at Wembley Stadium is the time difference. With London being five hours ahead of the east coast, it would be difficult to play the game in prime time within the United States. Even a 9pm start time from London, which would be exceedingly late, means a 4pm kickoff in New York and 1pm in Los Angeles.

Would a 1pm game-time in Los Angeles, for a Super Bowl played in London, generate the advertising revenue networks and the NFL are used to receiving? By selling 30-second spots for $5 million, NBC took in nearly $500 million in ad revenue for this year’s Super Bowl, which will set the benchmark for CBS next year. If playing the game in London means losing sponsorship money, it will be a tough sell.

All North American professional sports prioritize globalization of their league. It’s reasonable for an NFL owner purchasing an iconic London stadium to have aspirations of playing the Super Bowl there, but logistics would need to be established. The priority for the league remains to generate the most ad revenue, but if Commissioner Goodell and the NFL can rationalize starting the game late enough in London to be broadcast during prime-time in the U.S., then expect to watch a Super Bowl played at Wembley Stadium.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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