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Rachel Bonnetta Says Clay Travis ‘Spews BS’ On Twitter

“The 27-year old sportscaster and native of Canada joined FOX Sports in 2016. As of Sunday night, Travis did not publicly respond to Bonnetta’s tweets.”

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Just because Rachel Bonnetta works with Clay Travis doesn’t mean you should associate her with his social and political opinions. Bonnetta, who co-hosts Lock It In with Travis on FS1, made that very clear Sunday evening. 

While he touts having never voted for a republican president, Travis spent the last few years painting a conservative picture with his viewpoints and building a large following in doing so. In 2018, Travis wrote a book with the claim liberals are ruining sports in its title, also believing Colin Kaepernick and other national anthem protesters wanted attention, not change. Recently, Travis maintains the COVID-19 pandemic is overhyped and is insensitive to the idea of African American’s being more susceptible to police brutality than white people.

So when Bonnetta was supporting people of color, equality and justice on Twitter, she said some of her followers were “surprised,” largely because she is a colleague of Travis. Bonnetta furthered her point by saying she “shouldn’t be held responsible for the bullshit he spews.” 

Bonnetta also responded to any claims that she should just quit working with Travis on Lock It In saying, “do you have any idea how hard it was to get this job?” 

She’s right, it’s difficult to get a job hosting a show on national television, it’s even tougher to do it as a woman and it can be equally hard for a female broadcaster to stand up for what she believes in by publicly calling out a male colleague. 

The 27-year old sportscaster and native of Canada joined FOX Sports in 2016. As of Sunday night, Travis did not publicly respond to Bonnetta’s tweets.  

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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.”

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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.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handles Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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