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Barstool Sports Wants Manningcast For Ole Miss vs Tennessee

“The Manning brothers are already under contract. It would just take the two sides coming together to agree on a price to add an eleventh game to their current agreement.”

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Peyton and Eli Manning are earning mostly praise for the first ever Manningcast of Monday Night Football. ESPN will bring the brothers back for nine more NFL games this season and one writer at Barstool Sports has suggested that it shouldn’t stop there.

“Peyton and Eli Manning’s Monday Night Football broadcast was one of the best viewing experiences I’ve ever had watching football,” wrote Big Tennessee, Fantasy Football Factory co-host and commissioner of the Barstool Fantasy League. “It was so much fun.”

As the name implies, Big Tennessee is a southerner. Just like the Manning family, he has deep SEC ties. Big Tennessee is from Georgia and is a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers.

He writes that ESPN would be smart to take advantage of the family’s association with two SEC schools and launch a special, college football edition of the Manningcast.

“I have a request: PLEASE have these two call Tennessee-Ole Miss on October 16. I’ve never wanted to watch a football game more than that game called by Peyton and Eli.”

Peyton Manning played his college football at Tennessee. He was a consensus All-American in 1997 and wrapped up most of college football’s major quarterback awards that year. While Manning was in Knoxville, the Vols ended a nine-year winless streak against rival Alabama and clinched their first SEC title in seven years.

Eli Manning played at Ole Miss, following in their father Archie’s footsteps. He won most major quarterback awards in the 2003 season. He was also second-team All American and first team All-SEC.

CBS still has the SEC’s primary broadcast rights this season. While that network gets the first pick of games, it is likely it would let Ole Miss vs. Tennessee go to one of the ESPN networks. Florida vs LSU or Auburn vs Arkansas are more likely in CBS’s crosshairs for October 16.

Big Tennessee writes that it should be easy enough to make this happen. The Manning brothers are already under contract. It would just take the two sides coming together to agree on a price to add an eleventh game to their current agreement.

“Just call a quick audible, toss each of them an extra couple hundred grand and watch the ratings for this game skyrocket,” Big Tennessee writes. “The people are demanding it.”

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Netflix CEO: ‘We’re Not Anti-Sports, We’re Just Pro-Profit’

“He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.”

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Netflix will not join Apple and Amazon in the rush to gobble up live sports rights. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos addressed the streaming giant’s disinterest at the UBS Global Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday.

He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.

“We’re not anti-sports,” Sarandos said according to Deadline. “We’re just pro-profit. We have yet to figure out how to do it. But I’m very confident we can get twice as big as we are without sports.” 

Questions about the interest the company has in carrying live sports have come up several times in the past. Sarandon made similar comments last year when asked about it.

Reed Hastings, Sarandos’s co-CEO at Netflix, has a slightly different view. In 2021, he indicated that Netflix could be interested in F1 rights someday thanks to the success of its documentary series Drive to Survive, but that would be a special case. Any league interested in doing business with Netflix, he said, would have to allow Netflix to control all of its content.

Ted Sarandos echoed that sentiment in his most recent comments. He said that the company does not see a way to profit by “renting big-league sports.”

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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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