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Paul Finebaum Hammers Nebraska On Get Up

“He not only said that Nebraska wouldn’t find the ultimate success this year, he wonders if they are even capable of success in a way that would make them worthy of their current situation.”

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Even though the Big Ten returned last week, COVID-19 found a way to make an impact on the conference as Wisconsin had 12 positive COVID cases in their football facility, and had to cancel their game against Nebraska this weekend. Since Nebraska could not play a game this week, they tried to get a game against an FCS opponent, Chattanooga. However, the Big Ten denied the Cornhuskers their request to play Saturday. 

Earlier this summer, Nebraska was in the news when their head coach, Scott Frost, said the school was looking to play football no matter who they were playing or where they were playing after the Big Ten postponed the season. That led Desmond Howard to say on Get Up that if he were the conference commissioner, Kevin Warren, he would have looked to get Nebraska out of the conference. 

While Paul Finebaum did not go as far as Howard did on Get Up on Friday, he did call Nebraska a “total embarrassment”.

“I don’t know where to begin other than to say they have been in the Big Ten for 10 years and the only major championship they have won has been the league’s biggest crybaby.”

In Nebraska’s statement on Thursday, they argued that playing a non-conference game would help any Big Ten team gain another data point for consideration into the College Football Playoff. However, Nebraska didn’t help their own chances of that with their 52-17 loss to Ohio State last Saturday. 

While the school could have been arguing that point as more of a Big Ten point than for the actual school itself, that still led Finebaum to say there is something else more likely than Nebraska making the playoff.

“Nebraska in the College Football Playoff? I have a better chance of winning the country’s most sexiest man than Nebraska has of going to the College Football Playoff this year.”

Of course, that comments drew laughs from Mike Greenberg, but for Finebaum, it was no laughing matter. He not only said that Nebraska wouldn’t find the ultimate success this year, he wonders if they are even capable of success in a way that would make them worthy of their current situation.

“Why Nebraska wants to go rogue, remember Nebraska used to be in the Big 12. They thought they were too good for that and they joined the Big Ten. They ought to get out of the Big Ten and find someplace where they can rule the roost because they don’t belong in the Big Ten anymore.” 

It would have been interesting to see if this was another school how this request would have been perceived by the media, but it is safe to say Nebraska has taken its fair share of criticism over the last couple of months for some of the statements made by the program and its supporters. 

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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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FOX Planning ‘Record Pricing’ for Super Bowl LVII Ads

“It’s obviously such a huge year for us,” Murdoch added later. “We’re looking forward to getting record pricing for the Super Bowl.”

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Super Bowl 57

FOX shared some lucrative news with investors on its quarterly earnings call on Wednesday. The network said sales for the NFL season are in a very short word: up.

FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch said “We sold more NFL Sunday advertising in the current upfront market than we did across Sunday and Thursday combined in the prior year’s market.”

He also went on to note that didn’t include commitments made for the network’s presentation of Super Bowl 57 in February.

“This excludes advertising commitments for the upcoming Super Bowl, where we are pacing well ahead of schedule and seeing very robust demand and record pricing levels.”

FOX began selling Super Bowl 57 ads last summer.

Murdoch didn’t share specific numbers regarding Super Bowl sales but in comparison, NBCUniversal sold 3-second spots for upwards of $7 million this last February.

“It’s obviously such a huge year for us,” Murdoch added later. “We’re looking forward to getting record pricing for the Super Bowl, and we’re well ahead of plan in terms of selling our Super Bowl positions.”

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