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Molly Qerim: DeShaun Watson Contract Is ‘Slap in The Face’ To Female NFL Fans

“She went on to say the Browns have made a mockery of any punishment handed down to DeShaun Watson by restructuring his contract.”

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Someone has to be really fired up in order for Stephen A. Smith to not be able to get a word in during a conversation. “Really fired up” would be an understatement for Molly Qerim on Monday’s edition of First Take.

Smith asked his co-host what she would want to see the NFL do when it comes to DeShaun Watson after a grand jury failed to indict him last week. He described the NFL’s female audience as “profound” and “incredibly potent.” He asked Qerim what that audience wants to see the league do.

“There’s 22 lawsuits, 22 civil suits,” Qerim answered. “I don’t know if he’s won or lost. That’s why I think it’s premature by the Cleveland Browns to give this man the most guaranteed money ever.”

The NFL has a set punishment for incidents of domestic violence. The rule is a player is suspended for six games. Molly Qerim described that as “egregious” and said that players facing those charges should be out for a year minimum.

She went on to say the Browns have made a mockery of any punishment handed down to DeShaun Watson by restructuring his contract. He will get paid just over $1 million in the first year of the deal. That would be the check that sees the effects of a suspension. He would have $229 million more guaranteed to him that the league wouldn’t be able to touch.

“If he’s losing these cases, he should not be playing a full season. Maybe two seasons. That’s why they gave him a million dollars, Stephen A, because they know punishment might come down. A million dollars when you’re about to get $229 million? That’s a slap in the face to all women everywhere!”

The threshold for punishment from the league is lower than being charged with a crime. Adam “Pac Man” Jones often points out that he was never convicted of anything despite having been suspended from the league for an entire season in 2007.

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Sunday Night Baseball Viewership Up On ESPN

“Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers.”

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The first month of the 2022 MLB regular season has concluded and ESPN is celebrating an uptick in viewership for Sunday Night Baseball.

The network announced on Tuesday that viewership for Sunday Night Baseball is up 4% compared to this time last year. In addition to that, compared to the 2020 full season average, ratings are up 40%.

Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers. The Dodgers/Cubs game on May 8 averaged 1.781 million and peaked at over 2.1 million viewers during the 8-8:15 p.m. window.

Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and David Cone comprise the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth, with Buster Olney contributing reports.

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Nickelodeon Gets Christmas Day NFL Game

“This will be the network’s first regular season game.”

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The NFL’s Christmas triple header will include a little slime this year. The afternoon game between the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos will be simulcast on CBS and Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon has ramped up its NFL presence each year since 2020. The network has aired a kid-friendly broadcast of a Wild Card Round playoff game each of the last two seasons. Last year’s tile between the 49ers and Cowboys drew an audience of 41 million.

Before the start of last season, the studio show NFL Slimetime debuted. This will be the network’s first regular season game.

Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm Eastern on Christmas Day. No details of what Nickelodeon’s coverage may include are available yet. Nate Burleson, Noah Eagle and Nickelodeon star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green have been on the call of the network’s previous NFL broadcasts.

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Kentucky Derby Rebounds With 16 Million Viewers

“The Derby saw its best numbers since 2019 on Saturday. The audience peaked at 19 million.”

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The Kentucky Derby has now eclipsed 15 million viewers in each of the last eight years that the event was not effected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. An average audience of 16 million tuned in Saturday to see longshot Rich Strike win the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

The Derby saw its best numbers since 2019 on Saturday. The audience peaked at 19 million.

During the weekend, the event kept finding new life on social media. According to an NBC Sports press release, the overhead shot of the final call drew big audiences across a number of the network’s digital platforms, having been viewed in total more than 36 million times.

Peacock also cashed in on the event’s success. The streaming platform posted an average minute audience of over 247,000 viewers during the Kentucky Derby.

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