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Kanell, Tucker & Carter Join CBS Sports

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CBS Sports Network begins its college football coverage on August 25 when the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors travel to Colorado State. The network is bolstering its roster of analysts and experts for the 2018 season. Danny Kanell, Ross Tucker, and Kevin Carter have all joined the network.

Kanell, who currently serves as an analyst on CBS’s OTT service CBS Sports HQ, will serve as a game analyst. He and former Princeton standout Ross Tucker, who also serves as a regular fill-in host on the Dan Patrick Show, will be paired with Jason Horowitz in calling games.

Kevin Carter will be a part of the network’s studio coverage, which is anchored by Adam Zucker. Kanell will also make appearances on the studio show.

John Schifferin will also join CBS Sports Network for the college football season. He will be the new sideline reporter for the lead play-by-play team of Carter Blackburn and Aaron Taylor.

The full 2018 college football schedule for CBS Sports Network is as follows.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Hawaii at Colorado St.

Colorado State Stadium, Fort Collins, CO

7:30 PM

Thursday, Aug. 30

Wake Forest at Tulane

Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA

8:00 PM

Friday, Aug. 31

Syracuse at Western Michigan

Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI

6:00 PM

Friday, Aug. 31

Colorado vs Colorado St. (Mile High)

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO

9:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 1

Houston at Rice

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

12:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 1

Washington St. at Wyoming

War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY

3:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 1

Indiana at Florida International

Riccardo Silva Stadium, Miami, FL

7:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 1

Navy at Hawaii

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

11:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 8

Liberty at Army

Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

12:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 8

Memphis at Navy

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

3:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 8

Arkansas at Colorado St.

Colorado State Stadium, Fort Collins, CO

7:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 15

Hawaii at Army

Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

12:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 15

Lehigh at Navy

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

3:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 15

Arkansas State at Tulsa

Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium

7:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 15

Arizona St. at San Diego St.

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA

10:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 22

Mid-American Conference TBD

Venue TBD

12:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 22

Virginia Tech at Old Dominion

Foreman Field, Norfolk, VA

3:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 22

NC State at Marshall

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

7:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 22

Eastern Michigan at San Diego St.

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA

10:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 29

Mid-American Conference TBD

Venue TBD

TBD

Saturday, Sept. 29

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

TBD

Saturday, Sept. 29

Boise St. at Wyoming

War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY

7:00 PM

Friday, Oct. 5

Middle Tennessee at Marshall

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

7:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 6

Mid-American Conference TBD

Venue TBD

TBD

Saturday, Oct. 6

Navy at Air Force

Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy, CO

3:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 6

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

TBD

Saturday, Oct. 6

Colorado St. at San Jose St.

CEFCU Stadium, San Jose, CA

10:30 PM

Friday, Oct. 12

Air Force at San Diego St.

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA

9:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 13

Mid-American Conference TBD

Venue TBD

TBD

Saturday, Oct. 13

Temple at Navy

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

3:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 13

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

TBD

Saturday, Oct. 13

Boise St. at Nevada

Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

10:30 PM

Friday, Oct. 19

Air Force at UNLV

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

10:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 20

Miami (OH) at Army

Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

12:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 20

Houston at Navy

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

3:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 20

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

7:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 20

San Jose St. at San Diego St.

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA

10:30 PM

Thursday, Oct. 25

Mid-American Conference TBD

Venue TBD

TBD

Friday, Oct. 26

Louisiana Tech at Florida Atlantic

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

6:30 PM

Friday, Oct. 26

Wyoming at Colorado St.

Colorado State Stadium, Fort Collins, CO

10:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 27

Mid-American Conference TBD

Venue TBD

12:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 27

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

3:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 27

Boise St at Air Force

Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy, CO

7:00 PM

Thursday, Nov. 1

Mid-American Conference TBD

Venue TBD

7:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 2

Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee

Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

8:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 3

Air Force at Army

Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

12:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 3

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

3:30 PM

Saturday, Nov. 3

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

7:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 3

Fresno St at UNLV

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

10:30 PM

Saturday, Nov. 10

Lafayette at Army

Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

12:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 10

New Mexico at Air Force

Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy, CO

3:30 PM

Saturday, Nov. 10

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

7:00 PM

Thursday, Nov. 15

Toledo at Kent State

Dix Stadium, Kent, Ohio

6:00 PM

Thursday, Nov. 15

Florida Atlantic at North Texas

Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX

9:30 PM

Friday, Nov. 16

Boise St. at New Mexico

Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM

9:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 17

Colgate at Army

Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

12:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 17

Tulsa at Navy

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

3:30 PM

Saturday, Nov. 17

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

7:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 17

San Diego St. at Fresno St.

Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, CA

10:30 PM

Thursday, Nov. 22

Colorado St. at Air Force

Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy, CO

3:30 PM

Friday, Nov. 23

Mid-American Conference TBD

Venue TBD

12:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 23

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

3:30 PM

Saturday, Nov. 24

Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech

Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

12:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 24

American Athletic Conference TBD

Venue TBD

3:30 PM

Saturday, Nov. 24

Nevada at UNLV

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

9:30 PM

Saturday, Dec.1

Conference USA Championship

Venue TBD

TBD

Saturday, Dec. 29

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

1:00 PM

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The NFL Still Considering Multiple Offers For Sunday Ticket

The NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has not bid for the package but has stated it is willing to partner with the new rightsholder for a potential deal.

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DirecTV currently has the rights to Sunday Ticket. That deal expires at the end of this upcoming football season. The NFL is expected to make a boatload of cash when they decide which media organization gets the next rights to the package. The only question is… who will that be?

Alex Sherman of CNBC reports that the NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has decided not bid for the package. However, they are interested in partnering with the new rightsholder for a potential deal. DirecTV knows that Sunday Ticket is a staple in bars and restaurants and is interested in maintaining those relationships.

Outside of the bar/restaurant industry, success has been limited for the satellite provider with the football package. Fewer than two million subscribers signed up for Sunday Ticket each year which made the package a money-loser for the satellite TV provider.

According to the report, the NFL wants more than $2 billion for the rights and a stake in NFL Media, which is being packaged with Sunday Ticket. Also on the table is the NFL’s mobile rights. The league’s previous mobile agreement with Verizon has ended.

An interesting piece of the negotiations is Sunday Ticket price. According to the report, a buyer would have limited flexibility on pricing. The NFL signed contracts with CBS and Fox and within the framework of those deals, language mandates Sunday Ticket have a premium price. That’s to prevent loss of viewers from the networks that feature local market Sunday afternoon games. So essentially, the price is the price for the consumer.

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F1 Renews With ESPN For U.S. Media Rights

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

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The racing series F1 has decided to stick with ESPN through 2025.

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

The reported value of the three-year contract is set to pay F1 $75-90M per year for the U.S. media rights. Amazon had offered to pay roughly $100M per year, with the right to sublicense to a linear broadcast network. Comcast’s offer was similar to ESPN’s in terms of value and the structure. They also wanted to put select races on it’s streaming service, Peacock.

Netflix was in on the negotiations, as well. The makers of Drive to Survive, the streaming series that many credit with the sport’s explosion in popularity in recent years, wasn’t close on on their financial offer. Also, it seems F1 executives were not ready to put all of its races on a streaming service just yet.

Currently, F1 receives $5M per year for ESPN to broadcast it’s races. ESPN has grabbed about 1.0 million viewers per race. That makes F1 a more than viable option for the network to invest into again. ESPN will be able to put a small number of races on its ESPN+ streaming service exclusively. The vast majority being on ABC or ESPN.

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Skip Bayless Says He And Stephen A. Smith ‘Sorted Out’ Their Disagreement

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

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Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were locked in a war of words last week following the First Take host’s appearance on JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast.

The origins of their partnership were discussed and Bayless admitted he did not like the way Smith characterized the state of First Take before he arrived on set. Smith insisted that Bayless simply misunderstood what he meant by saying that he was told the show needed him.

Over the weekend, Skip Bayless says he and Stephen A. Smith got together at the Bayless home in California to talk things out in private.

“He was in LA, he came over, we sat by the pool,” he said on the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show. “It wasn’t the easiest conversation for a while, but we slowly but surely sorted it out. We got through it, and we have been through so much together.”

Bayless reiterated that he considers Smith a brother. They love each other. That doesn’t mean they are always going to remember events the same way or see eye-to-eye all the time.

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

Fighting doesn’t mean the relationship is fractured. In fact, Skip Bayless was adamant that he remains closer to Smith than he is to most people in his life.

“I don’t trust easily because of the way I was raised, but I do trust Stephen Anthony Smith. Trust him with my life. Always have and always will. I trust he will always be there for me, and you better believe I will always be there for him.”

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