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Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol Will Have Barstool Audio Feed

“Those watching the fight through DAZN will have the option to listen to a call of the entire card featuring Dave Portnoy, Big Cat, and four other Barstool personalities.”

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Barstool Sports is no stranger to the world of boxing. The company has been staging its Rough n’ Rowdy pay-per-view matches for years. Now, Barstool’s involvement with the sports moves to one of the biggest stages in a partnership with DAZN and Canelo Alvarez.

On May 7, Canelo Alvarez is scheduled to fight Dmitry Bivol in Las Vegas. Those watching the fight through DAZN will have the option to listen to a call of the entire card featuring Dave Portnoy, Big Cat, and four other Barstool personalities.

Robbie Fox, who wrote about the event for the site says he doesn’t have a lot of details to share right now, but is optimistic for what the broadcast could be.

“Dave and Big Cat are the funniest commentary duo in the world for Rough N Rowdy and I think taking that exact product and dropping it in the highest stakes position possible with the best boxers in the world is such a hilarious concept,” he wrote.

Fox will head to California to embed with Bivol’s team as he trains for the fight. Barstool personality Large is already with the Canelo camp. Both are set to make appearances with Portnoy and Big Cat on the May 7 broadcast.

“You want the sweet science, the analysis, and stats?” Fox writes. “Keep the DAZN team on. You want a couple knuckleheads having a great time and possibly making fools of ourselves while watching some unreal fights? Welcome to the Barstool Sports Commentary feed.”

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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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