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Mike Greenberg: NFL Draft Is Most Exciting Assignment In TV

Greenberg is hosting his first NFL Draft for ESPN.

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Mike Greenberg is “the world’s foremost authority on all matters,” and he’s bringing that acumen to ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage this weekend. Bob Ley, George Grande, Chris Berman, Trey Wingo, and now Greenberg have manned the coveted chair. Hosting the NFL Draft is one of the premier jobs in sports media, which Greenberg isn’t taking lightly.

“The NFL Draft is one of the handful of most exciting assignments I can imagine receiving in this industry,” Greenberg said. “I am genuinely more excited for this than I have been, I think, for anything I’ve ever done.”

Mike Greenberg is celebrating his 25th anniversary at ESPN this year after coming to the east coast from his host role with Chicagoland television in 1996. He was a part of the ESPNEWS rollout and one of the channel’s first hosts.

“We were only two buildings then [in 1996],” Greenberg said. “The third was under construction. The anchors worked out of trailers in the parking lot. I was 29 years old, and I was sitting among Dan Patrick, Keith Olbermann, Bob Ley, Stuart Scott, Robin Roberts, Linda Cohn, and Boomer. I was totally overwhelmed.”

Berman hosted the made-for-tv event across four different decades, and now Greenberg takes over for Wingo following his four-year run as host and subsequent exit from ESPN. Greenberg is most excited by the top of the draft. A bunch of quarterback names are expected to come off the board in the first five selections.

“The intrigue is in the quarterbacks, will we have four of them go in the first four picks? Which has never happened before,” Greenberg said. “It feels possible. Maybe even likely, and then the top of the class is so heavy with playmakers I can’t wait to see which guys land in which places.”

Greenberg is anchoring ESPN’s coverage this weekend alongside Mel Kiper Jr., Louis Riddick, Booger Mcfarland, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, and Suzy Kolber. The first round begins at 8 p.m. ET tonight on ESPN.

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The NFL Still Considering Multiple Offers For Sunday Ticket

The NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has not bid for the package but has stated it is willing to partner with the new rightsholder for a potential deal.

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Sunday Ticket Negotiations

DirecTV currently has the rights to Sunday Ticket. That deal expires at the end of this upcoming football season. The NFL is expected to make a boatload of cash when they decide which media organization gets the next rights to the package. The only question is… who will that be?

Alex Sherman of CNBC reports that the NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has decided not bid for the package. However, they are interested in partnering with the new rightsholder for a potential deal. DirecTV knows that Sunday Ticket is a staple in bars and restaurants and is interested in maintaining those relationships.

Outside of the bar/restaurant industry, success has been limited for the satellite provider with the football package. Fewer than two million subscribers signed up for Sunday Ticket each year which made the package a money-loser for the satellite TV provider.

According to the report, the NFL wants more than $2 billion for the rights and a stake in NFL Media, which is being packaged with Sunday Ticket. Also on the table is the NFL’s mobile rights. The league’s previous mobile agreement with Verizon has ended.

An interesting piece of the negotiations is Sunday Ticket price. According to the report, a buyer would have limited flexibility on pricing. The NFL signed contracts with CBS and Fox and within the framework of those deals, language mandates Sunday Ticket have a premium price. That’s to prevent loss of viewers from the networks that feature local market Sunday afternoon games. So essentially, the price is the price for the consumer.

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F1 Renews With ESPN For U.S. Media Rights

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

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The racing series F1 has decided to stick with ESPN through 2025.

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

The reported value of the three-year contract is set to pay F1 $75-90M per year for the U.S. media rights. Amazon had offered to pay roughly $100M per year, with the right to sublicense to a linear broadcast network. Comcast’s offer was similar to ESPN’s in terms of value and the structure. They also wanted to put select races on it’s streaming service, Peacock.

Netflix was in on the negotiations, as well. The makers of Drive to Survive, the streaming series that many credit with the sport’s explosion in popularity in recent years, wasn’t close on on their financial offer. Also, it seems F1 executives were not ready to put all of its races on a streaming service just yet.

Currently, F1 receives $5M per year for ESPN to broadcast it’s races. ESPN has grabbed about 1.0 million viewers per race. That makes F1 a more than viable option for the network to invest into again. ESPN will be able to put a small number of races on its ESPN+ streaming service exclusively. The vast majority being on ABC or ESPN.

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Skip Bayless Says He And Stephen A. Smith ‘Sorted Out’ Their Disagreement

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

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Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were locked in a war of words last week following the First Take host’s appearance on JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast.

The origins of their partnership were discussed and Bayless admitted he did not like the way Smith characterized the state of First Take before he arrived on set. Smith insisted that Bayless simply misunderstood what he meant by saying that he was told the show needed him.

Over the weekend, Skip Bayless says he and Stephen A. Smith got together at the Bayless home in California to talk things out in private.

“He was in LA, he came over, we sat by the pool,” he said on the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show. “It wasn’t the easiest conversation for a while, but we slowly but surely sorted it out. We got through it, and we have been through so much together.”

Bayless reiterated that he considers Smith a brother. They love each other. That doesn’t mean they are always going to remember events the same way or see eye-to-eye all the time.

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

Fighting doesn’t mean the relationship is fractured. In fact, Skip Bayless was adamant that he remains closer to Smith than he is to most people in his life.

“I don’t trust easily because of the way I was raised, but I do trust Stephen Anthony Smith. Trust him with my life. Always have and always will. I trust he will always be there for me, and you better believe I will always be there for him.”

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