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Media Obsessed With Idea Of Terrell Owens Returning To NFL

“Media pundits seem to enjoy Owens’ flamboyant personality, but are split on whether T.O. can still play.”

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As the NFL inches closer to a return, so too has one of its retired Hall of Famers. 46 year old Terrell Owens recently released a video of himself racing Kansas City Chief speedster Tyreek Hill (26). After the race, Owens had a message for Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid.

“Andy Reid, trust me now. If you get in trouble, I’ve been social distancing. I’ve got my mask on, but if you ready, it will be mask off,” TO said while not wearing a mask. “Bring me to Kansas City. You know me. Rick Burkholder, you know me. I’m ready. Go Chiefs.”

Media pundits seem to enjoy Owens’ flamboyant personality, but are split on whether T.O. can still play.

“How do you not love T.O.?” Good Morning Football host Jane Slater asks. “I’ve gone on record saying he is one of my favorite players. I love everything about this dude… He has found a new generation of fans.”

GMFB panelist Peter Schraeger says that he believes Owens, who last stepped on a football field in 2012, can still play at age 46.

“I think everyone is having a good time with this,” Schraeger said. “We need more competitions like this… I’m very impressed by T.O.  He is a Hall-of-Famer and yes, if anybody can bring him back into the league, it’s Andy Reid. I would love to see Andy Reid and T.O. embrace one more time.”

Former NFL player Michael Robinson disagrees.

“Man, hell no. T.O. ain’t playing no more football,” Robinson said. “It looks good. The race looks good. I think he looks great to be his age. He’s a Hall-of-Famer. One of the best to ever do it, but right now? No. Andy Reid, don’t sign Terrell Owens.”

Emmanuel Acho and Marcellus Wiley also discussed Owens on Speak for Yourself.

“I was looking at it and at first I thought absolutely not. He is not going anywhere near the Chiefs,” Acho said. “But then I dug a little deeper. His former team, the Philadelphia Eagles? Remember the end of last season? They rolled out practice squad guys like Deontay Burnett and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. But most importantly, who led the Eagles at the receiver’s position last December? A guy by the name of Greg Ward who played quarterback in college. So T.O. in Kansas City? Nah. But he might sneak into a place like the Eagles.”

Wiley counters that Owens could start for multiple teams, a response that Owens himself retweeted from his personal account.

“Let me answer the question correctly. Yes, he can still play in the NFL and yes, he could start for multiple teams, not talking about just the Eagles.” Wiley said. “You don’t have to put him in a place where he is familiar or been there before, so you can welcome the old man into the building. I say take him somewhere he has never been like the Colts, Giants or Jets. None of their guys (receivers) were even close to a thousand yards. Are you telling me Terrell Owens could not be one of those guys in a three, four or five receiver set? We just saw him go out there and only lose to Cheetah (Hill) by a step and half at the age of 46. The NFL, y’all slept on my boy for a decade. It’s time to put him back in the league.”

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The NFL Still Considering Multiple Offers For Sunday Ticket

The NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has not bid for the package but has stated it is willing to partner with the new rightsholder for a potential deal.

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Sunday Ticket Negotiations

DirecTV currently has the rights to Sunday Ticket. That deal expires at the end of this upcoming football season. The NFL is expected to make a boatload of cash when they decide which media organization gets the next rights to the package. The only question is… who will that be?

Alex Sherman of CNBC reports that the NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has decided not bid for the package. However, they are interested in partnering with the new rightsholder for a potential deal. DirecTV knows that Sunday Ticket is a staple in bars and restaurants and is interested in maintaining those relationships.

Outside of the bar/restaurant industry, success has been limited for the satellite provider with the football package. Fewer than two million subscribers signed up for Sunday Ticket each year which made the package a money-loser for the satellite TV provider.

According to the report, the NFL wants more than $2 billion for the rights and a stake in NFL Media, which is being packaged with Sunday Ticket. Also on the table is the NFL’s mobile rights. The league’s previous mobile agreement with Verizon has ended.

An interesting piece of the negotiations is Sunday Ticket price. According to the report, a buyer would have limited flexibility on pricing. The NFL signed contracts with CBS and Fox and within the framework of those deals, language mandates Sunday Ticket have a premium price. That’s to prevent loss of viewers from the networks that feature local market Sunday afternoon games. So essentially, the price is the price for the consumer.

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F1 Renews With ESPN For U.S. Media Rights

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

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The racing series F1 has decided to stick with ESPN through 2025.

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

The reported value of the three-year contract is set to pay F1 $75-90M per year for the U.S. media rights. Amazon had offered to pay roughly $100M per year, with the right to sublicense to a linear broadcast network. Comcast’s offer was similar to ESPN’s in terms of value and the structure. They also wanted to put select races on it’s streaming service, Peacock.

Netflix was in on the negotiations, as well. The makers of Drive to Survive, the streaming series that many credit with the sport’s explosion in popularity in recent years, wasn’t close on on their financial offer. Also, it seems F1 executives were not ready to put all of its races on a streaming service just yet.

Currently, F1 receives $5M per year for ESPN to broadcast it’s races. ESPN has grabbed about 1.0 million viewers per race. That makes F1 a more than viable option for the network to invest into again. ESPN will be able to put a small number of races on its ESPN+ streaming service exclusively. The vast majority being on ABC or ESPN.

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Skip Bayless Says He And Stephen A. Smith ‘Sorted Out’ Their Disagreement

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

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Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were locked in a war of words last week following the First Take host’s appearance on JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast.

The origins of their partnership were discussed and Bayless admitted he did not like the way Smith characterized the state of First Take before he arrived on set. Smith insisted that Bayless simply misunderstood what he meant by saying that he was told the show needed him.

Over the weekend, Skip Bayless says he and Stephen A. Smith got together at the Bayless home in California to talk things out in private.

“He was in LA, he came over, we sat by the pool,” he said on the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show. “It wasn’t the easiest conversation for a while, but we slowly but surely sorted it out. We got through it, and we have been through so much together.”

Bayless reiterated that he considers Smith a brother. They love each other. That doesn’t mean they are always going to remember events the same way or see eye-to-eye all the time.

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

Fighting doesn’t mean the relationship is fractured. In fact, Skip Bayless was adamant that he remains closer to Smith than he is to most people in his life.

“I don’t trust easily because of the way I was raised, but I do trust Stephen Anthony Smith. Trust him with my life. Always have and always will. I trust he will always be there for me, and you better believe I will always be there for him.”

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