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Stephen A. Smith: I Am Underpaid

“I am paid well, but I know I am worth more. During a negotiation, you get what you can get, and you move on.”

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On any of these debate shows, it is interesting when one host has the other seemingly figured out. For Stephen A. Smith, he already seems to know how to beat his partner on First Take, Max Kellerman, in any debate. 

This week, on The 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt Podcast, Smith told Brandt that the key to beating Kellerman in any debate is to just let him keep talking.

“He’s one of those guys that don’t underestimate him and think he doesn’t do his work, he does,” Smith said in praise of Kellerman. “Here’s the difference. The objective is a debate. All I have to do is let him talk and he loses. He’s the kind of person who will make his point, then make your point, my point and not realize you will forget his point. All I have to do is go so, what did you say? You remember my point because at the end of the day, the flip side to it is he couldn’t give you one opinion to save his life, he has to give you 10. That’s all you have to remember to beat him in a debate.”

Back in December, ESPN was laying off many of their employees and one person took to Twitter to blame Stephen A. Smith’s salary as the reason why. Smith was not happy about it and he hasn’t forgotten the accusation.

“Don’t ever associate me with the firing of anybody. I generate revenue that helps keep people employed. I don’t sit up there and cost the company revenue where they have to lay people off… As a guy that was once unemployed that lost my job at ESPN because I didn’t know my value and I was asking for more than I was worth at that point. Fast forward a decade later, and that clearly was not a problem.”

Smith did mention that he would never insult another colleague at another network or media outlet because he understands the business. Plus, he knows some people resent him at ESPN. However, he doesn’t care about it as long as they are not lying behind his back.

“Anything I have said about anybody publicly I have said to their face. in terms of my colleagues. I’ve been in journalism for 28 years.  I’ve been in television since 1999. I think it’s kind of stupid for people to resent me because in my eyes, I am opening doors for other people to get theirs because I don’t believe I am the only one who should get paid. Despite the huge contract that everybody wants to lean on, I am still underpaid. I am paid well, but I know I am worth more. During a negotiation, you get what you can get, and you move on.” 

On the rest of the podcast, you can hear why Smith tells people they should stay off the weed, if he considers himself a happy person, and how he got to the point where he uses a wide variety of vocabulary in some of his debates. 

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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