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Sharpe and Bayless Disagree Over Harrell-Doncic ‘White Boy’ Comments

“Bayless, defended Harrell’s comment while Sharpe, an African-American, said he should have been fined and the NBA should have issued a statement condemning his actions.”

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It is no surprise that Monday’s broadcast of Undisputed on FS1 featured debate between co-hosts Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless over the L.A. Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell calling the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic “A b*tch–ass White boy”. What was surprising is that Bayless, who is White, defended the comment while Sharpe, an African-American, said Harrell should have been fined and the NBA should have issued a statement condemning his actions.

Harrell has since issued an apology for his comment and Doncic has accepted it, but Sharpe believes additional actions should be taken.

“He should have been fined. We have to be very careful here,” Sharpe said. “I understand that it did not bother Luka and that Montrezl apologized, but we can’t just say, ‘it was the heat of competition so we can just say things as trash talk’. Imagine if Luka had called Montrezl a B. A. B. Boy?  Would that have been considered trash talking?  No. We would have been outraged. See if we are about equality, you can’t just want it for your race or your gender. You got to want it for everyone. I don’t believe Trez is a racist, but I do think that was a racist comment.”

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“If you expect something ,you have to be willing to give something,” Sharpe continued. “If we just say ‘people say things out of frustration’ then that’s the argument that the other side will use as an excuse. ‘oh I was just frustrated.’ We have to level the playing field. The NBA should have issued a statement saying this will not be tolerated and Montrezl should have been fined.”

Bayless argued that the term, “White Boy” is not racist.

“As a “White Boy” myself, I am not offended by it,” he said. “It’s a term of racial identification, but it is not a racial slur. It is not the equivalent of the N word, which is the most evil word in the English language. If situations were reversed and Luka had dared to call someone a “Black Boy” that’s far worse because of its ties to slavery (than calling someone “White Boy”),”

Bayless also claimed that Harrell’s comment was just trash talk in retaliation for Doncic doing the same earlier in the game.

“Luka is turning into one of the best trash talkers in the league, and I love it” Bayless said. “He had told Montrezl to quit flopping, which is basically questioning his manhood. That made Montrezl angry. Luka started it and when Montrezl hammered it home over Luka, he finished it with his comment. Was it the smartest thing to say? No. But I wasn’t offended by it, and I don’t think Luka was either.”

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FOX Sports Sees Record-Setting Ratings Weekend

The World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

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FOX Sports has been home to a number of record-setting games in terms of viewership over the last several days.

In addition to FOX Sports setting a new mark for a Thanksgiving and regular season NFL audience, the World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

The network reported the U.S./England match in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup averaged 15.377 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer game in the U.S. ever, topping the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil.

Viewership of the match was up 11% compared to the second group stage contest for the U.S. team in 2014 against Portugal. The audience peaked at 19.646 million from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

FOX Sports also reported the Michigan/Ohio State game on Saturday drew in 17 million, which made it the most-watched regular season college game on the network ever. That figure was also the highest of any regular season contest since 2011. That game also saw the audience peak at 19.6 million.

Viewership for the game was up 3% compared to last year.

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ESPN Bowl Plans Could Be Altered By NFL Flex Scheduling

“While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules.”

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ESPN could be forced to adjust its upcoming bowl season schedule if the NFL decides to flex a Las Vegas Raiders game a week before Christmas.

ESPN announced its contingency plans for two bowl contests, the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. The Las Vegas Bowl is currently planned to kick off from Allegiant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on December 17. The Raiders right now are still planning to play in the Sunday night game the next night against the Patriots.

Should the NFL decide to flex the Raiders out of the SNF window, ESPN will swap kickoff times between the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. That would mean the game in sin city will kick off at 11:30 a.m. local time, with the contest in Albuquerque starting at 5:20 p.m. local time that evening.

“The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl are both owned and operated by ESPN Events, so this change is a solution that will work for all parties,” ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby said. “While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules. We are more than prepared to move forward with this revised schedule if necessary.”

Kickoff times will be determined well enough ahead that the schools taking part in both games shouldn’t be adversely affected.

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NFL Thanksgiving Games Set Ratings Records

FOX Sports added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021.

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The Thanksgiving slate of NFL games last week brought in the largest audiences ever. Viewership across all three games averaged 33.5 million.

The game with the largest viewership was Giants/Cowboys in the 4:30 p.m. window. FOX Sports reported that 42 million watched Dallas beat New York 28-20. It is the largest regular season audience ever, surpassing the previous leader set 32 years ago.

The network added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021. FOX carried the Detroit Lions traditional noon Thanksgiving game last year. Compared to the Cowboys turkey day contest on CBS in 2021, viewership was up 3%.

The Bills/Lions game in the early window on CBS averaged 31.627 million, with the audience peaking at 41.981 million. It was the most-watched early Thanksgiving game on record.

Patriots/Vikings on NBC in the nightcap averaged 25.9 million. That figure was up 24% compared to Bills/Saints a year ago, with NBC Sports claiming it’s the second most-watched primetime Thanksgiving game on record. The game was simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo, which averaged 565,000 viewers and made it the most-watched NFL game ever on the network.

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