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MVP Debate Leads To Shouting Between Shaq and Charles Barkley

Whether or not he’s right, Shaq refused to lose this argument or agree with any of the points Charles and Kenny were making.

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While the NBA season is close to wrapping up, the MVP debate is ramping up.

During TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Thursday night, the crew discussed who they believe deserves the award; Sixers Joel Embiid or Nuggets Nikola Jokic. And let’s just say there were differing opinions across the board.

Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley both argued that the Jokic deserves the award based on the number of assists and tipple-double he has this season.

Meanwhile, Shaq was very adamant that Embiid is the most dominant big man in the league and should be MVP despite missing a number of games.

Whether or not he’s right, Shaq refused to lose this argument or agree with any of the points Charles and Kenny were making. That is when it seemed like tempers legitimately flared.

“Your criteria is not potent enough for me,” said Shaq. “Y’all hating.”

Charles Barkley asked Shaq if he wasn’t penalizing players for missing games, why would he not consider Lebron James for MVP? James averaged 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game, but has been sidelined since mid-March.

Shaq responded by saying that LeBron James’s numbers were high “when he was playing”. He countered with “Joel’s numbers when he left? High. And he came back? High.”

“THAT’S BECAUSE HE WAS PLAYING, FOOL!” Barkley shouted.

Needless to say, there’s never a dull moment with this crew.

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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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