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Troy Aikman Clarifies Comments On Flyover

“As of Tuesday night, Buck has not publicly commented on the flyover teasing.”

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Don’t misconstrue what he’s caught saying in front of a hot mic, Troy Aikman wants everyone to know he’s an American patriot who loves flyovers. 

On Monday, Aikman and his FOX NFL broadcast partner Joe Buck made headlines for sarcastically commenting on the pregame flyover that occurred before Sunday’s Packers-Bucs game. The flyover at a major sporting event usually gets a big roar from a sellout crowd, but with limited or no fans in the building because of COVID-19, Buck and Aikman seemed to think continuing the tradition was overkill.

“That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover,” Aikman said.

“That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!” Buck replied sarcastically. 

“That stuff ain’t happening with Kamala-Biden ticket. I’ll tell you that right now, partner,” said Aikman. 

On Tuesday, Aikman clarified the comments, reaffirming his respect for the flag and the armed forces, further explaining that it was just odd to see a flyover considering the mostly empty stadium. 

It was a reasonable question, should we bother with patriotic flyovers if the stadium isn’t full of people to witness it? Recently, that question has been answered by noting flyovers are not only done as a symbol of American nationalism, but they’re necessary for logging flight hours. Pilots and aircrews are required by the U.S. Air Force to fly each month as part of mandatory training, whether stadiums are full or not.

As of Tuesday night, Buck has not publicly commented on the flyover teasing. 

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Mike Uva Joins WBZ-TV in Boston, Will Still Cover South Carolina Sports

“Boston, I’m home. I’ve accepted a freelance sports reporter position at WBZ-TV, CBS Boston, to cover the New England Patriots this season.”

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Mike Uva

Mike Uva has accepted a position with WBZ-TV in Boston. There he will freelance as a sports reporter to cover the New England Patriots this season.

Uva is the Director of Digital Content with GamecockCentral.com in Columbia, South Carolina. He addressed the issue of trying to do both in a tweet saying that the nature of his position at WBZ will allow him to remain with both outlets.

“Boston, I’m home. I’ve accepted a freelance sports reporter position at WBZ-TV, CBS Boston, to cover the New England Patriots this season. Since this is a freelance gig, with the blessing of both WBZ & Gamecock Central, I’ll remain covering the Gamecocks remotely this fall.”

Uva is from Boston and played college football at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Fox Charging $250,000 For Field of Dreams Game Ads

The revelation from Ourand comes a day after Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch said the network was planning “record pricing” for its upcoming Super Bowl in February of 2023.

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For the second consecutive year, Major League Baseball is playing a regular season game at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. And the 2022 edition has proved to be a lucrative one for Fox.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports Fox has secured more revenue for this year’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds than any other regular season game on the network. Ourand also revealed commercials sold for $250,000 each.

The revelation from Ourand comes a day after Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch said the network was planning “record pricing” for its upcoming Super Bowl in February of 2023. NBC sold commercials for $7 million during Super Bowl LVI.

Also, per a report from the Des Moines Register, the game will not be held in 2023, as the site develops a complex for youth baseball and softball fields. Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas is part of the ownership group of the site and said “It’s a lot going on. They don’t want to come back if the stadium’s not prepared.”

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek: ESPN Viewers Under 30 ‘Absolutely Require’ Betting Content

“Our sports fans that are under 30 absolutely require this type of (sports betting) utility,” Chapek said. 

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek alluded to an upcoming partnership with a sportsbook during a second-quarter earnings call.

“Our sports fans that are under 30 absolutely require this type of (sports betting) utility,” Chapek said. 

Disney reported a revenue increase of 26% year-over-year, bringing in $21.5 billion in the quarter. ESPN+ now features 22.8 million subscribers, while Disney+ is at 152.1 million. Hulu, which Disney owns 67% of, now has 46.2 million subscribers.

Also during the call, Chapek discussed what a direct-to-consumer future looks like for ESPN, saying “we’ve negotiated flexibility into our new rights agreements”.

ESPN has continued to invest in the sports betting space, offering shows like Daily Wager, while also announcing the addition of sports betting expert Liz Loza earlier this week.

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