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Jay Bilas: I’m Not Sad Coach K’s Career Is Over

“His relationship with Coach K began when he was 17 years old. He said on ESPN, after Carolina’s victory, that he has considered the man his coach ever since.”

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Duke fans may be sad that Mike Krzyzewski’s career fell just short of playing for a national title, but Jay Bilas doesn’t feel that way. The ESPN analyst says he felt joy after Coach K and the Blue Devils lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four.

It isn’t that Bilas is happy his alma mater was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. He was just overcome with joy thinking about all that the coach had done for him.

“Everything is an abrupt ending in the NCAA Tournament,” he said, “but knowing after 42 years that would be Coach K’s last walk off the court after a Duke basketball game as head coach, you certainly felt it. But for me, I know there’s this feeling in a lot of people, a feeling of sadness, but for me, there’s a feeling of gratitude.”

Jay Bilas grew up in Los Angeles. His relationship with Coach K began when he was 17 years old. He said on ESPN, after Carolina’s victory, that he has considered the man his coach ever since.

“I’ve had in my life as Duke’s head coach for the last 40-plus years and that’s been an extraordinary blessing,” Bilas said. “I honestly don’t know where I’d be without him in my life. I probably wouldn’t have gone to law school. He greased the skids for that. He helped me get into broadcasting, cuz he knew it was something I was interested in doing. I’ve had him as a coach, a mentor, and a friend for all these years.”

According to Jay Bilas, the team that lost on Saturday night got a much better basketball coach than he had at Duke. That is just the product of experience and time.

Bilas noted that even though he was the only one with a microphone in that moment, he knows other former Duke players that are broadcasters would say the same sorts of things about Coach K.

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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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