Jason Whitlock has never been afraid to speak his mind. Even if it hasn’t made select members of the sports media industry happy. The longtime columnist and on-air personality may soon be hearing from industry associates again after releasing a new video promoting his show at The Blaze, which included a few strong opinions on members of the sports media industry.
Whitlock tweeted that his video was inspired by Shaquille O’Neal “renouncing his celebrity status” in an interview with the New York Post. He said in the video that Americans tend to think the smartest people have the most money, when in reality, you make the most money by being willing to cut corners and compromise yourself.
“If there’s a person watching this or a person on the planet that thinks Stephen A. Smith is smarter than me, you’re an idiot,” Jason Whitlock said. “And that’s not a shot at Stephen A. Smith. I’m not trying to put Stephen A. Smith on blast. But that’s not the reason Stephen A. Smith makes $12 million a year.”
Whitlock made it clear that he wasn’t singling Smith out or commenting on anything the First Take host had specifically done. The same was not true for Ryan Clark. Whitlock stated that he didn’t think the former Steeler and current NFL analyst was genuine in his appearances on television.
“I saw Ryan Clark from ESPN one day about a year ago crying on TV because some woman, some white woman in a drive thru called his son the N word or whatever as she’s going through the McDonald’s drive thru. And I saw this man crying on TV and I said ‘I’m not willing to do that.’ I’m not going to go on national TV and act like some white woman that I don’t know and that my son doesn’t know could bring me to tears because she called my son a name. I’m not gonna do that performance.”
Whitlock is now part of The Blaze, the digital network owned by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck. He hosts a show, Fearless with Jason Whitlock, weeknights at 7 ET.
Whitlock went on to say that it’s where he can be authentically himself. He singled out Shannon Sharpe, who he has been critical of in the past, adding that he could never allow himself to do what the Hall of Fame tight end does on TV.
“Trust me, there’s sin in my life and I’m not better than anybody, but I just want you to understand something about celebrity and wealth and fame and where it really comes from. Sometimes, it comes from a willingness to compromise your beliefs, a willingness to lie and be a fake, false person,” he closed the video by saying.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’
“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”
Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.