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Charles Barkley Mocks Wayne Gretzky’s Fight Skills On TNT

“‘The Great One’ rarely got into fights while he played in the NHL, but the sleuth producers at Turner uncovered footage of Gretzky and Neal Broten dropping the gloves.”

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TNT began their NHL coverage last night with a special guest. Turner basketball analyst Charles Barkley joined the NHL on TNT pregame show to offer some time to a sport he loves.

Barkley has made appearances on NBC’s NHL broadcasts over the years, but he was front and center as his employer takes on NHL coverage alongside ESPN. The former All-NBA talent showed off his comedic chops by roasting his old friend Wayne Gretzky.

“The Great One” rarely got into fights while he played in the NHL, but the sleuth producers at Turner uncovered footage of Gretzky and Neal Broten dropping the gloves.

“DID YOU LOSE TO A GUY WITH A PERM?!” Barkley said to Gretzky.

“Yeah, I did,” Gretzky admitted. “I got five minutes for cat fighting.”

After ribbing Gretzky for his fight, TNT gave Barkley a taste of his own medicine with video from a scuffle between him and Shaquille O’Neal from 1999. Barkley instigated the clash by throwing a basketball at Shaq’s head. “I didn’t think he was gonna punch me,” Barkley admitted.

“There are very few guys in basketball who could fight, and me and Shaq are two of them,” Barkley said laughing. “We’re not fighters, we’re lovers.”

Gretzky and Barkley are buddies, and the latter actually convinced Gretzky to join Turner.

Charles Barkley is a good friend, and he called me every single day and said, ‘This will be fun for you,’” Gretzky told Sportsnet 590 in Toronto this past July, “and ultimately I decided, OK, this is something I’ve got to try, and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be exciting.”

A true “company man” move from Barkley, who will feature prominently this season on Inside the NBA. Turner has bagged the white-whale analysts in basketball and hockey. Fans get to watch both break down their sports on the same platform.

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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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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.”

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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.”

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