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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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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.”

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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.

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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 Handle 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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