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Mike Greenberg: Manningcast Curse is Real

“Active players are 0-6 the week after appearing with Peyton and Eli.”

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Mike Greenberg doesn’t need any more convincing. The curse of the Manningcast is a very real thing. He said Friday on his ESPN Radio show that even his wife has become aware of the superstition surrounding ESPN2’s alternate broadcast of Monday Night Football.

“My wife says to me ‘Michael, have you seen this about the Manningcast and the curse of the Manningcast?’” Greenberg told his audience. “So she’s come across it, so obviously this is not going to come as stunning news to most of you.”

Active players are 0-6 the week after appearing with Peyton and Eli. The Chiefs and Seahawks fell victim to the curse in Week 2 after Travis Kelce and Russell Wilson were guests in Week 1. The Buccaneers lost in Week 3 after Rob Gronkowski was part of the Week 2 show. The Rams lost after Matthew Stafford made an appearance in Week 3. The Buccaneers lost again in Week 8 after Tom Brady tempted fate.

Greenberg and Paul Hembekides, better known to fans of Greeny and Get Up! as “Hembo,” agree that nothing hammers home that this isn’t a coincidence quite like Week 9. Josh Allen was on the Manningcast in Week 8.

“We were having conversations about the Bills vs. the field in the AFC,” Mike Greenberg said, noting that he did not start Allen in a DraftKings daily fantasy contest because he figured the Buffalo Bills would be up by 31 on the Jacksonville Jaguars at halftime and the quarterback would be pulled out of the game. Instead, no one scored a touchdown and the Jags completed a 9-6 upset.

“The first five, you could talk yourself into that being a football thing, not the Josh Allen one,” Hembo said. “The Josh Allen one is the nail in the coffin. Those guys have a lot of power. That is the unlikeliest result of the NFL season so far.”

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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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