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Desmond Howard Goes After Nebraska On Get Up!

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With Tuesday’s news that the Big Ten and Pac-12 are postponing football until the spring, one school in the Big Ten is still hoping that they can play college football in some way this fall. That would be the University of Nebraska. 

On Tuesday, a joint statement was issued by head coach Scott Frost, Athletic Director Bill Moos, and Chancellor Ronnie Green when the announcement was made about the postponement of football.

“We are very disappointed in the decision by the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall football season, as we have been and continue to be ready to play,” it reads. “We will continue to consult with medical experts and evaluate the situation as it emerges. We hope it may be possible for our student athletes to have the opportunity to compete.”

Before the postponement announcement, Frost told the media on Monday that the school was ready to play football no matter what.

On Wednesday’s edition of Get Up, ESPN College GameDay analyst and Michigan alum Desmond Howard had a strong take on Nebraska that if they don’t apologize to the conference, then maybe the conference could work on getting them out.

“I have a bitter taste in my mouth about that whole thing. I think it is greatly disrespectful to the new commissioner, Kevin Warren,” the Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP said. “You think that they are the only team that really wants to play? Of course not. All the teams and all the coaches want to play, but they are not whining and crying. I think at this point I would demand an apology from the chancellor, president, and Scott Frost or if I am Kevin Warren right now, I am working on a way to get their ass out of the Big Ten.”

Later in the show, Howard was back on with Jalen Rose to talk more about Nebraska, but before that, he told the audience what he tells people when they ask him whether or not there is going to be a college football season. 

“When you get on social media or you watch the news and you see protests about not wearing a mask and they don’t want to practice social distancing… I said those people are actively sabotaging our chances of having a college football season because once those numbers keep spiking and we are still breaking records, then you put the commissioners and the presidents in a position that they can’t have a college football season.”

Towards the end of the show, Howard along with Rose gave some advice to the athletes that are disappointed about not having football this fall.

“Use your time wisely. Don’t just invest in your physical health, invest in your mental health too. Read books. Check out something on YouTube and find out how to do different things, things that may interest you that you never had the time to do before but invest in your mental health just as much as you do your physical health.” 

While Howard’s words for Nebraska will make more headlines, his advice to young athletes as a former Heisman Trophy winner should not go unnoticed. 

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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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