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Clippers Wanted Ian Eagle To Replace Ralph Lawler

“The 25-year voice of the Nets turned down the gig, but recommended his son Noah, who called games for NBA TV’s Summer League.”

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After the Los Angeles Clippers new television and radio announcers were reported nearly two months ago, the organization made the hires official on Monday.  

With longtime play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler retiring, the Clippers moved Brian Sieman from the radio booth to television.  Taking over the void left by Sieman, will be 22-year old recent Syracuse graduate, Noah Eagle as the Clippers new radio voice.  

During the summer, while the Clippers and Brooklyn Nets competed to attract NBA superstars in free agency, the two organizations also competed for broadcasters.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers originally reached out to Noah’s father and Nets play-by-play announcer, Ian Eagle to gauge his interest in flying west to replace Lawler.  The 25-year voice of the Nets turned down the gig, but recommended his son Noah, who called games for NBA TV’s Summer League.  

Noah ended up landing the radio opening, but in addition to trying to lure the Nets play-by-play voice across the country, the Clippers also checked in about some of their analysts.  Earlier in the summer, the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported the Clippers reached out to Nets YES Network analysts, Sarah Kustok and Richard Jefferson.  Both sportscasters, like Ian, turned down the opportunity.

If a franchise or network is attempting to bolster their broadcast team, looking to the YES Network isn’t a bad place to start.  In addition to Eagle, Kustok and Jefferson, the Nets have helped develop Ryan Ruocco, Mark Jackson and Greg Anthony, among others.

In naming Sieman and Noah as their play-by-play voices, the Clippers also announced their television analysts for the upcoming season.  Joining Sieman on the broadcast will be a rotation featuring Chauncey Billups, Mike Fratello and Corey Maggette.  

Billups, who had a short stay with the Clippers during his 17-year NBA career, will continue to contribute as an ESPN analyst in addition to his new role partnered with Sieman.  Fratello, a former NBA head coach, who has worked as an analyst for NBA TV, TNT and the YES Network, will rotate into the Clippers broadcast.  Lastly, this season will see Corey Maggette return to the Clippers broadcast after departing in February because of personal legal matters.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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Sunday Ticket Negotiations

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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