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Peyton & Eli Manning Show Commitment to ‘ManningCast” With ESPN Extension

“I’ll talk to the beat writer for the team and get someone who’s been there the whole time, kind of knows some scoop, and I’ll have some questions for them.”

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Last week, ESPN extended its agreement with Omaha Productions to continue the “ManningCast” (Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli) for one more season through 2024.

In an interview with Axios’ Sara Fischer, Eli Manning said adding another year to the deal with ESPN means Peyton won’t be moving to the regular Monday Night Football broadcast booth or call games for another network.

“I have talked to him about this,” Manning told Fischer. “That shows that we are enjoying this, we’re committed to it, and hopefully, we’ll continue to do it for a while.”

During the conversation, Manning also provided some insight into how he and Peyton prepare for the “ManningCast” each week. The two former NFL quarterbacks don’t just rely on their experience and knowledge of the game, though they do reach out to coaches and quarterbacks who they know. They’re willing to talk, knowing the brothers won’t give away any trade secrets.

“A lot of times, I’ll talk to the beat writer for the team and get someone who’s been there the whole time, kind of knows some scoop, and I’ll have some questions for them,” Manning explained.

Though Eli didn’t say it outright, the extended “ManningCast” control appears to indicate that Peyton won’t be part of any ownership group aiming to buy the Denver Broncos.

Yet ESPN has employed broadcasters who had front-office or consulting roles with sports teams before, such as Alex Rodriguez being a special adviser with the New York Yankees while he was an analyst on Sunday Night Baseball. (Rodriguez will also remain on Fischer’s entire interview with Manning is worth reading, which includes crediting the New York media with preparing him for broadcasting and thoughts on why alternate broadcasts are becoming so popular.

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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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