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Shannon Sharpe’s FS1 Contract Expires in July

Sources told FOS that Sharpe’s current annual salary of $3 million-plus is about half of Bayless, who earns around $6 million.

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Three-time Super Bowl champion and co-host of FS1’s Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe is about to become a free agent.

According to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, Sharpe’s current contract with FOX Sports expires after July 2021. FOX will then have to determine if they are going to let him walk or offer up a similar salary to that of his co-host Skip Bayless. Sources told FOS that Sharpe’s current annual salary of $3 million-plus is about half of Bayless’s annual earnings.

“Shannon’s become a star in his own right. And do you really want to be paying a Black man half what his white co-star’s making?” said a FOS source.

McCarthy notes that Sharpe signed an extension of his original contract in September 2019 and Bayless signed a contract extension with FOX last fall.

During previous contract negotiations, FS1’s executive vice president of content Charlie Dixon told FOS he’d be “mortified” if Sharpe left the network. However, if Sharpe does end up leaving Fox, FOS notes that former ESPNer Emmanuel Acho could take his place and partner with Bayless on “Undisputed.”

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FOX Ends MLB Regular Season Coverage With Highest Audience of Season

FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves).

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FOX’s regular season coverage of MLB ended so strongly that it featured the best Saturday night baseball telecast on the network all season.

FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves). The Mets-Braves series was a battle of two teams trying to win the National League East division.

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ESPN Unveils New NBA Graphics Package, Theme Song

The network unveiled a new scorebug, with colors for each team corresponding to what uniform they are wearing.

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As ESPN prepares for the upcoming NBA season, the network unveiled a new graphics package and theme song Tuesday.

The network unveiled a new scorebug, with colors for each team corresponding to what uniform they are wearing.

“Leading creative initiatives like this one are exactly what we envisioned when we created ESPN’s groundbreaking in-house Creative Studio almost two years ago,” said Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu, Vice President, ESPN Creative Studio. “We take sports from game to experience. It takes a dynamic collective of creative capabilities and storytellers to make fans feel like they are part of the game.”

“Like everything involving the NBA on ESPN, this has been a total team effort,” said Tim Corrigan, Vice President, Production. “We were thrilled to collaborate with our ESPN Creative Studio group to bring this new look and feel to life. It’s big, bold and contemporary and we can’t wait for fans to see it.”

The network has also unveiled new theme music for the upcoming season.

ESPN partnered with Made Music Studios for “the next evolution” of the NBA on ESPN’s sound.  The network says “Made Music created a hip hop-based concept with the power and energy synonymous with ESPN’s NBA Productions”.

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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.

Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”

Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.

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