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Emmanuel Acho Says Fans & Media Have LeBron James ‘Greatness Fatigue’

“Acho also uses impressive stats to make an argument for LeBron.”

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It is human nature to take greatness for granted and that was exactly the point Emmanuel Acho made on Monday’s edition of Speak for Yourself on FS1 in a debate with co-host Marcellus Wiley. When asked who was having a better playoff run thus far, Kawhi Leonard or LeBron James, Acho was squarely on Team LeBron, arguing that the media and fans don’t recognize it because they have “greatness fatigue,” while Wiley was Team Kawhi.

“Both players were tremendous,” Wiley said. “But when you look at what Kawhi Leonard did,  he did not have a tap-out game. Even in a win, LeBron had a 10 point game. If Kawhi had a 10 point game, that’s a definite L for the Clippers. What Kawhi is quietly doing is putting up peak Jordan numbers. Listen to this line. He is averaging 32 (points) seven (rebounds) and four (assists) over the last four games. Only five players have done that in the playoffs and Jordan did it five times all by himself in the ’93 Finals. But we aren’t going to give him (Kawhi) any credit? That’s Jordan-level consistency.”

Acho also uses impressive stats to make an argument for LeBron.                                                                                                                                                           

“In the loss first game, he gave you 23 (points), 17 (rebounds) and 16 (assists), and you know what we said? You know what I said? You know what Shaq said? He said that wasn’t enough. I need more. The dude gave us a historic performance and then we said it wasn’t enough.”

Acho then lends some historical context to his argument.

“Think about what LeBron did,” Acho said. “He is on pace to average a 20 point triple-double in the postseason. The only other players to do that in NBA history were Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook and they lost in the first round. LeBron won in five games. If Kawhi gave you 23, 17 and 16, we would be hailing him as Jordan. When LeBron does it, we say it’s not enough.”

Acho says the reason behind this phenomenon is LeBron James fatigue.

“What LeBron is doing, we are just numb to it. We have LeBron James fatigue. We have greatness fatigue. LeBron backdoors and gives you 38, 12 and eight in Game 3 when the series was still a toss-up.”

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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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