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New Monday Night Football Crew Joins Adam Schefter Podcast

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The NFL will officially be back Thursday night and the new ESPN booth of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick will be back in action on Monday night to call the second game of a doubleheader featuring the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos (10:15 p.m ET, ESPN). It will be their first game together as the official broadcasters of Monday Night Football

The trio did call last year’s week 1 game between the Broncos and Raiders.

On Monday, Levy, Griese, and Riddick appeared on The Adam Schefter Podcast for the first time as a trio. As Levy pointed out, the microscope should be on ESPN because of the amount of great games that appear to be on the schedule as of right now.

“I’ve heard executives at our place say that this is the best Monday Night Football schedule in over a decade. We are set up, by the people we have that you will see on television and behind the scenes especially, for success. We have been put in a position to succeed by a lot of smart people that work at the very top of our place.”

Levy feels that the transition to the booth won’t fully take effect for him until next week when the three of them have the sole game on the Monday night slate when the Las Vegas Raiders open their new stadium against the New Orleans Saints. 

During this opening weekend of the NFL, there will be an emphasis on what goes on from the players in terms of raising awareness for social justice and what teams decide to do. As Levy points out, it is a message you he hopes can tie into the game. 

“There will be opportunities I think in the broadcast and it might be once or twice a quarter to have an opinion and to tie that into the football on the field and the feelings of the players. Getting the players, coaches, GM’s, hopefully ownership and getting those messages out there and combining that with our own personal messages.

“The interesting part will be to manage that. I think there’s a part of the population that probably just wants to be entertained for those 3 hours on Monday night but there’s probably a greater majority I think that wants to know certainly what Louis has to say on the topic and Brian and I will not be able to stay silent. There’s a fine line there.”

Riddick did mention how ESPN has been a network willing to have those conversations about social justice and knows that he has the platform to be an inspiration to many people watching him every Monday night.

“It’s real. It’s traumatic. I would never try to run from it. I can’t run from it anyway because I am one of the people that has experienced forms of being treated unequal or unfairly at different points in my life. Having the platform that I have now I think it inspires people that are African-American or minorities to never give up hope that you can achieve something significant in your life. I take that very seriously.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of changes to broadcasts and many zoom meetings with players and coaches, Riddick mentioned how he embraces that challenge because it is something we are all doing in society.

“It’s going to be so unorthodox in many ways because it has to be. What a great opportunity to really put on display without making it about you, the broadcaster. To be a part of this in a year where there are so many eyes and so many varying opinions to accept and step up to the challenge of doing something. I want that challenge.”

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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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