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Shannon Sharpe Criticizes Panthers For Cam Newton Release

“Former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe took the Panthers to task over their handling of the situation on the Wednesday edition of FS1’s Undisputed.”

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An accepted courtesy when ending a long term relationship is to do it face-to face. Apparently, the Carolina Panthers missed the memo. It was recently revealed that the Panthers’ organization informed star quarterback, and former NFL MVP, Cam Newton that they were moving in a different direction via text message. 

Former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe took the Panthers to task over their handling of the situation on the Wednesday edition of FS1’s Undisputed.

I am disappointed in the Panthers,” Sharpe said. “They could have handled it better. I understand wanting to do some spring cleaning. You have a new owner and a new head coach, you want a new quarterback. They were perfectly within their rights, but Cam Newton deserved better than that (a text message). He was the face of your franchise for nine years.”

As a contrast, Sharpe describes how he was released from the Ravens.

“(General Manger) Ozzie Newsom called me and wanted to know what I was going to do (for the next season),” Sharpe said. “I had just led the league in catches for tight end that year. I was going to play. Ozzie said, ‘You know we drafted Todd (Heap) and we are going to play him. Somebody’s going to want you though. Go and find out. If not, you can always come back, but just know Todd is going to be our starter.’ I had no problem with that.”

Sharpe then asks the Panthers’ organization some pointed questions.

“Are you telling me they could not do the same for Cam?  Marty Hurney, you drafted this man. Are you telling me you can’t at least pick up the phone and say, ‘Cam, we are going in another direction. Thank you and we wish you the best?’ Instead you send him a text?  Man, that’s cold. That’s how you know the relationship is over. The Panthers were saying we are really, really done. We are done with everything about you, with you. It’s over. I’m going to forget  the word courtesy and say they did not even have the decency to even pick up the phone and call Cam. He gave them everything he had for nine years. This is an awful look for Carolina.”

Sharpe reiterated the same point on his personal Twitter account after the show aired and it resonated with followers. The tweet and accompanying video clip of the show has received 2.4 thousand likes and 106,000 views.

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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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