Prior to the start of The Last Dance, Michael Jordan expressed concern that the doc would make him look like a “horribly guy,” but if anything, the behind-the-scenes glimpse has seen his legend grow. Scottie Pippen however, Jordan’s right-hand man who did not have the same editorial influence over The Last Dance, is reportedly unhappy about the docuseries according to Yahoo Sports.
Pippen has been portrayed as selfish, frustrated and underpaid. In episode 2 of the series, Pippen admitted to delaying surgery, which caused him to miss half of the 1997-98 season. It was a business decision for the Hall-of-Famer who was unhappy with his contract and explained, “I’m not going to f*ck my summer up.”
During episode 7, Pippen was prominently featured as he attempted to step up and lead the Bulls without Jordan, who made the switch to baseball in 1993. Down 2-0 to the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Pippen infamously sat out the last play of Game 3 because the shot was designed for teammate Toni Kukoc.
“It’s one of those incidents where I wish it never happened,” Pippen said in the documentary, “but if I had a chance to do it over again I probably wouldn’t change it.”
The sentiment that he “probably wouldn’t change it,” was scrutinized by fans and analysts who expected to hear more regret from Pippen. While The Last Dance began by making Pippen a sympathetic figure because of how severely underpaid he was by the Bulls, the series progressed in a way that now depicts the Hall-of-Fame forward as a less than stellar teammate.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling
“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”
An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.
Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.
The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.
The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”
FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage
“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”
The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.
Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.
“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.
Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.
How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.
NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake
“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”
The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.
“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”
Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.
Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.
Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”