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Twitter Roasts ARod For Pleas To Reds & Braves To Bunt

“Throughout the four extra frames (the Braves won 1-0 in 13 innings), A-Rod kept repeating his calls for someone to lay down a bunt, but they went unanswered.”

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Alex Rodriguez was one of the MLB’s most feared power hitters during his 22 year career, hitting 696 homeruns during that time. That’s why fans found it so strange that the slugger turned broadcaster was advocating vociferously for the Braves and Reds to sacrifice bunt when the teams were locked in a scoreless extra inning battle Wednesday afternoon on ESPN.

“You have a runner on first with no outs and all you need is one run. Why not bunt the runner over into scoring position?,” A-Rod asks partner Matt Vasgersian. “I know I am an old school guy, but you don’t have to swing for the fences here.”

Vasgersian replied with a paraphrase from the classic TV show Star Trek “That era of baseball is dead Jim and there is no bringing it back.”

Throughout the four extra frames (the Braves won 1-0 in 13 innings), A-Rod kept repeating his calls for someone to lay down a bunt, but they went unanswered.

Twitter users were quick to find the humor and irony in A-Rod continually calling on players to bunt, considering the fact that he only recorded 16 successful sacrifice bunts during his career and none over the final 15 seasons. In fact, the Twitter reactions were so numerous that “A-Rod” became a top trending topic on the social media platform during extra innings and the hours following the conclusion of the contest.

For his part, A-Rod has yet to respond on Twitter. He might address the issue when he pairs up with Vasgersian, Buster Olney and Kylie McDaniel to call the rest of the Braves-Reds Wild Card Series as part of ESPN’s “Fall Frenzy” postseason coverage.

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WWE Reveals Vince McMahon Made More Hush Money Payments Than Previously Reported

Days after McMahon announced he was retiring from the company, WWE discovered McMahon had made two other payments totaling $5 million in previously unknown cases from 2007 and 2009, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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After announcing last month that WWE would go back to 2019 and account for $14.6 million of payments chairman Vince McMahon is alleged to have paid to silence sexual misconduct allegations, the company has announced the amount is larger than original estimated, according to a report from Variety.

Days after McMahon announced he was retiring from the company, WWE discovered he had made two other payments totaling $5 million in previously unknown cases from 2007 and 2009, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company admits those payments should have been recorded in their statements for those fiscal years. They had previously hoped to have their revised statements available by Monday, August 9th, but the unearthing of additional payments made that goal unrealistic.

McMahon remains a shareholder of WWE with controlling interest. His daughter, Stephanie, was named co-CEO along with former television department head of CAA Nick Khan.

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Report: Amazon Prime Video Adding NFL Black Friday Game in 2023

Amazon, the largest retailer in the world, is expected to pay in the neighborhood of $100 million for this single game on Black Friday, one of the largest retail days on the calendar.

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Thanksgiving weekend is getting another NFL game.

Per a report from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Amazon’s Prime Video will add an exclusive game on Black Friday to their NFL package, beginning with the 2023 season.

Amazon, the largest retailer in the world, is expected to pay in the neighborhood of $100 million for this single game on Black Friday, one of the largest retail days on the calendar.

The NFL’s antitrust exemption prohibits the league from broadcasting games in primetime on Fridays during November, so, in all likelihood, it will be an afternoon game.

It has long been speculated this was on the table for Prime Video. Football Morning in America’s Peter King deduced the possibility was more probable than not when Prime Video became a player for NFL rights.

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Liz Loza Joining ESPN As Fantasy and Sports Betting Expert

Loza will be a contributor on multiple platforms, and will make regular appearances on Fantasy Football Now, Fantasy Focus Football, Daily Wager, and other studio shows.

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Liz Loza is joining ESPN as a fantasy and sports betting analyst on a multi-year deal, the network announced Wednesday.

Loza will be a contributor on multiple platforms, and will make regular appearances on Fantasy Football Now, Fantasy Focus Football, Daily Wager, and other studio shows.

“I am thrilled to join ESPN’s best-in-class team of fantasy and betting analysts,” Loza said. “Collectively collaborating and creating content with this esteemed group – and for such an expansive and loyal fanbase – is an absolute honor. Be warned that I’m buying the dip on Cam Akers, and am always ready to bet on an underdog!”

Loza, who previously worked at Yahoo! Sports as well as co-hosting Ekeler’s Edge with Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, will make her ESPN debut today.

Her addition comes on the heels of ESPN Fantasy Football expert Matthew Berry departing in July.

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