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John Skipper Says ACC Should Focus On Paying Notre Dame More than NBC

“Personally, I would tell them I will figure out how to pay you $80 million a year not to be independent,” said Skipper.

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Notre Dame is the single most valuable independent football property when it comes to it’s media rights. Last year, the university received $22 million for those rights and it wants a raise. John Skipper, the former president of ESPN, joined The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and discussed where that raise should come from.

Skipper started by saying that the ideal setup for the massive payouts is almost complete. He says the ideal payout structure would begin with four, 16-team conferences. He noted that the SEC and Big Ten are there. He then added that the Pac-12 and Big 12 will have to formulate some configuration to get to 16-teams and the ACC, which is already partially in bed with Notre Dame, needs two teams to get there.

That’s when Skipper said that whatever the ACC is doing, it’s main goal should be to convince Notre Dame to abandon its independence and join the ACC for the money.

“Personally, I would tell them I will figure out how to pay you $80 million a year not to be independent,” said Skipper. “If I was at the ACC, I would be maniacally focused, though it would be hard.”

Skipper also knows that Notre Dame has leverage and it would take a lot to get them to abandon their independence but everyone else may have to force their hand.

“(Notre Dame) Athletic Director (Jack) Swarbrick, very bright guy, done a very good job, doesn’t think he has to make a move,” began Skipper. “But here’s what I’m telling you should happen: four conferences, sixteen teams. New college playoff system: the top four teams from the top four conferences go. Sixteen teams. That is where you then turn to Notre Dame and go ‘you don’t want to be in that? It’s okay but you’re not going to be in that’.”

With the conference realignment landscape fluidity at a fever pitch, the one big piece coveted by all is the Notre Dame piece. Last week it was reported that Notre Dame knows this, sees the media rights business booming, and has reached out to NBC to ask for $75 million to continue their partnership with the network.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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