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Jalen Rose Not Concerned About ESPN Relationship After Dan Le Batard Exit

“As for Rose, he believes he has a duty to use his platform to inspire change, and athletes similarly share that responsibility.”

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ESPN is widely considered to be a heavily left-leaning network, but they’ve still parted ways with some of their more political and socially driven personalities in recent years, headlined by Jemele Hill in 2018 and now Dan Le Batard. 

One of the network’s more outspoken personalities is Jalen Rose, who used his platform with ESPN to call for the arrest of the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor earlier this year. The former NBA player and current multimedia star recently joined Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports and was asked if he’s concerned about upsetting his relationship with network management based on his social ideals, the way some of his past colleagues have. 

“One thing I will say about working here for as long as I’ve had, I’ve never been told what to wear or what to say,” Rose answered. “And that doesn’t take away from the memos that leak to the public about, making sure that we stay on message about delivering quality sports content.”

Rose also noted there are other factors that led to the departure of Hill and now Dan Le Batard, who’s TV and radio shows will part ways with ESPN next month. 

“The perception is that Dan is raging against the machine and all of a sudden because he’s not willing to conform to the machine, he’s going to exit stage left and be a hero in the eyes of the public,” Rose said. “But being a professional in this business is also a stage of transactions and negotiations.”

Rose added that while being on ESPN is helpful to someone building their brand, working on multiple outlets can sometimes be better for their bottom line while maintaining their voice, enjoying different opportunities and flexibility. 

As for Rose, he believes he has a duty to use his platform to inspire change, and athletes similarly share that responsibility. Citing his partnership with LeBron James and other celebrities for their More Than A Vote initiative, motivating NBA teams to use their facilities as polling locations is an example of substantial change at work. 

“There are also more fair-minded people that don’t look like me, that are willing to stand for our cause,” Rose said, adding that those people are “willing to listen to our cause. And don’t just say ‘Shut up and Dribble.’”

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FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling

“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”

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An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.

Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.

The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.

The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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