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Alex Flanagan: Misogyny Not New For Jason Whitlock

“After seeing Whitlock’s opinion of Nolan, Flanagan wrote a blog post detailing incidents where she was previously targeted by his misogyny.”

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This may not come as a surprise, but Jason Whitlock’s recent criticism of Katie Nolan is not the first time he called out a female sports media member. 

Whitlock’s recent feud with Nolan garnered the attention of longtime sportscaster Alex Flanagan, who has been an NFL Network host and reporter since 2006. 

The backstory behind Whitlock’s gratuitous jab at Nolan begins with ESPN’s Maria Taylor accidentally leaving Anthony Davis off her All-NBA ballot, Doug Gottlieb questioning why she’s able to vote on the award, and Taylor defending her credentials. Whitlock then wrote a column for Outkick claiming Taylor would not be successful as a sportscaster if not for her attractiveness, which included a similar declaration for Nolan as a professional beneficiary because of her looks.  

After seeing Whitlock’s opinion of Nolan, Flanagan wrote a blog post detailing incidents where she was previously targeted by his misogyny.

In the post, Flanagan provided background and insight into the difficulties of producing immediate postgame coverage, attempting to get on-field interviews as players and coaches are running off the field. And after she worked Marshawn Lynch’s famous “Beast Quake” game on Jan. 8, 2011, Flanagan recalled Whitlock’s attempts of discrediting her ability to report from the sideline based on appearance.

“Alex Flanagan has no clue what she just watched. NBC knows that. They pay a producer to explain to her. Producer should be fired. Period,” Whitlock tweeted after Flanagan finished working the Seahawks-Saints 2011 playoff matchup. 

“Fire Alex Flanagan’s sideline producer. Sideline Barbie didn’t ask Hasselbeck or Carroll about the whole team going downfield to block on “Hit & Run,” Whitlock added on social media. 

Flanagan said not only has she never been fed a question by a producer, but for much of her career, she did not even have a sideline producer. 

Flanagan offered the following response to Whitlock on that same day in 2011, “no problem if u don’t care 4 my ? But know I’m not ever fed them. Is it bc I’m a girl, u assume they come from my male counterpart?

P.s is the barbie comment a compliment? Because as my age, you take it as one.”

Whitlock responded – “U r attractive for any age and I like that u r a “real” and not offended by the Sideline Barbie comment.”

A year later, Whitlock offered a similar assessment of Flanagan’s sideline reporting and postgame questions. 

“Talk to me about why someone at NBC/NFL Network won’t help Alex Flanagan with postgame questions. I blame her producers. She needs help. Job is to look good,” Whitlock tweeted after Flanagan finished working a Wild Card game between the Bengals and Texans. 

This time, instead of only attempting a witty rebuttal on Twitter, Flanagan decided that after more than a year of criticism from Whitlock, she would invite him to join her on the sideline to see her responsibilities and suggest questions. Flanagan wrote in her blog post that she also invited Whitlock for a cup of coffee, but did not receive a response and similarly, he’s never introduced himself at one of the numerous events they collectively attended.  

“The only thing he proved in this latest anti-female tirade is that if he had the courage to know me or any of the women he so willingly devalues, it would kill his dangerous spoon-fed barbie narrative, and then what would he do for attention?” Flanagan wrote. 

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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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