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Chris Bosh Joins ESPN For NBA Playoffs

Bosh is making appearances on multiple studio shows throughout the playoffs.

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ESPN is adding another Hall of Famer to their arsenal of talent. Former NBA forward Chris Bosh is joining the network to help cover the 2021 NBA Playoffs over the next couple of months.

Bosh went through the full (virtual) ESPN car wash on Tuesday, appearing on multiple studio shows, including “Get Up,” “The Jump,” and “SportsCenter.” Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald confirmed on Twitter that the former All-Star will “make at least a dozen studio appearances, throughout the postseason, on various platforms.” 

The former-Heat and Raptors player made a seamless transition as an analyst on day one. Bosh did all of his studio hits remotely but still seemed right at home with the rest of the ESPN talent. Bosh got to talk about his old team, the Heat, and their matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks on “Get Up.” 

“I will say look for this series [Bucks/Heat] to go seven games,” Bosh said on the show to Mike Greenberg. “It’s going to be extremely competitive, the Heat definitely have a lot of confidence coming into this series, especially with the success that they’ve had against the Buck last year. They’ve done a great job of holding Giannis [Antetokounmpo] under his average. And just part of the Heat culture they’re gonna be competitive, they’re gonna come to win, they’re gonna play extremely hard.”

The NBA recently announced Bosh as a member of the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame class. Bosh enters with the likes of Paul Pierce, Chris Webber, and many more. Bosh might still be playing if not for a blood clot that surfaced in the 2015-16 season. An 11-time All-Star during his NBA career, Bosh averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in 13 seasons with the Raptors and Heat as one of the most versatile big men of his era.

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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ESPN Paying Nearly $45 Billion For Rights Fees Through 2027

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually

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The last year or two has been evident that the price of rights to airing major college and professional sporting events on television are only going up. But the various networks either with longstanding relationships with leagues and conferences or looking to break into the media rights landscape are willing to pay up. That’s no more evident with Disney, which will be shelling out tens of billions of dollars to have regular season and postseason events air on ESPN.

According to Sportico, which reviewed Disney’s annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ESPN is set to spend $44.9 billion on sports media rights through 2027.

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually. Additionally, ESPN will pay $1.4 billion through the 2024-25 season for NBA rights.

The Sportico report noted ESPN will generate more than $8.1 billion in affiliate revenue to help offset those costs. The network will soon be entering talks to renew its media rights deal to be the exclusive home for nearly all NCAA Division I championships, as well as engaging in new NBA rights negotiations.

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Return of Bob Iger Puts Pac-12 ‘Not Exactly In A Great Place’

“I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12.”

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The Pac-12 is currently in a media rights negotiation with partners for its next TV deal after the departure of USC and UCLA. The conference has remained committed to the stance that it feels it can match the dollar amount given to the Big 12 from FOX and ESPN. However, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post isn’t so confident.

During The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, Marchand said the recent return of Bob Iger as Disney CEO, coupled with recent layoffs from Amazon, could spell bad news for the PAC 12’s quest to match what the Big 12 received.

“Do I still think they can get the same number as the Big 12? I do, but you start thinking about where this is going and that’s not exactly a great place to be if you’re the Pac-12. They might get the number, but the idea that they’ll get a lot more than the Big 12 — which I’ve already said is not gonna happen — I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12…I think there’s some rough waters out in the Pacific.”

Marchand said if the University of California Board of Regents won’t allow UCLA to join the Big Ten as expected, the conference would then set its sights on Washington and Oregon, which would continue to decimate the Pac-12.

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