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Renee Young Confirms She Is Leaving WWE

“While Young didn’t announce what’s next for her, she did write a cookbook featuring more than 70 different recipes which will be available for purchase soon.”

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After it was first reported by Outkick last week, Renee Young made it official during the SummerSlam Kickoff, announcing she was departing WWE as a broadcaster following eight years with the company. 

Having joined WWE in 2012, Young worked her way up to becoming one of their most prominent broadcasters and more recently worked as a special contributor to SmackDown with its move to FOX. 

Among her credentials and accolades, Young touted her contributions as a trailblazer in the industry, becoming the first woman to be featured on a WWE broadcast in Saudi Arabia, and the first female to be included full-time on Monday Night Raw.

“It was time,” Young penned in a thank you letter published to The Players Tribune. “Eight years doing anything is a while. But eight years in a business like ours???? It’s a lifetime. And you only get so many lifetimes, right? So I’m going to try a few new things, give them a fair shot, hope they give me the same, and we’ll see.”

Recently, Young’s appearances for WWE were sparse, having tested positive for COVID-19 in June, and her weekly show on FS1, Backstage cancelled around the same time. While Young didn’t announce what’s next for her, she did write a cookbook featuring more than 70 different recipes which will be available for purchase soon.

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Patrick Reed Lawsuit Against Golf Media Members Dismissed

The judge dismissed Reed’s case and claimed it was a “shotgun pleading” that did not support the accusations levied against the media members.

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LIV Golfer Patrick Reed saw his defamation lawsuit against several golf media members dismissed by a federal judge last week.

Reed originally sued Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee in August, alleging more than $750 million in damages after Reed claimed “personal attacks” from the network and analyst had “harmed his performance”.

Also included in his lawsuit was PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. He later added FOX Sports and The New York Post, writer Shane Ryan, and Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press to the list of those he believed had defamed him.

The judge dismissed Reed’s case and claimed it was a “shotgun pleading” that did not support the accusations levied against the media members.

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Darren Rovell: ESPN Should be Worried About the Rise of Tech Giants in Sports Streaming Space

“I’ve always thought that Apple and Netflix and all these guys would be deeper into sports than they are now, even Amazon.”

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The wheel keeps turning for tech giants Apple, Amazon and Netflix, as the companies continue to either build up their portfolio of live sports offerings or finally break into the space. Darren Rovell of The Action Network believes while those big three companies flex their financial muscles and show interest in being partners with the NFL, NBA, MLB and others, ESPN and its parent company Disney should be a little worried.

It has been widely reported that Apple has a blank checkbook and would like to add more live sports to its Apple TV+ platform. Meanwhile Amazon is shelling out billions for the rights to Thursday Night Football and has been linked to media rights talks with power five college football conferences like the Big Ten and Pac-12.

“Disney cash flow does not compete to them, that’s where I thought ESPN was open,” Rovell told Benzinga. “I’m surprised it took so long for them to get into it.”

Apple became partners with MLB ahead of the 2022 season, and Apple TV+ hosted exclusive weekly doubleheaders throughout the recent campaign. The NFL has been shopping around rights to its Sunday Ticket service, which will be leaving DirecTV after this season, and Apple has reportedly shown interest in acquiring those rights. In 2023 the company will be the exclusive home to Major League Soccer, with every game being available on Apple TV.

Netflix doesn’t have any live sports offerings, but the company has been flirting with the idea. Rovell said he wasn’t sure which tech giant would come out on top in terms of sports.

“I thought it would be Apple, but Amazon is showing that they will be,” he said. “I think Amazon is the number one in the driver’s seat of being a non-traditional outlet that will step it up in sports.”

Darren added that it’s been a slow burn in terms of sports live streaming.

“I’ve always thought that Apple and Netflix and all these guys would be deeper into sports than they are now, even Amazon,” he said.

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Ben Watson Walks Off SEC Network Set After Joke About Wife

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There was a bit of an awkward exchange over on SEC Network over the weekend during a studio halftime report, and the exchange led to one of the analysts walking off set. Ben Watson apparently didn’t take kindly to a quick joke by fellow analyst Peter Burns during halftime of the Florida/Vanderbilt game over the weekend.

Watson was the butt of jokes by Burns, host Chris Doering, and analyst Takeo Spikes originally because Watson was wearing a lighter colored suit than the rest of the guys at the desk.

As long as I get a text from my wife that says I look good,” Watson responded. “Send me that text, baby. Send me that text.”

“That’s not the text she sent me,” Burns quipped as the show headed to commercial.

When the show resumed, Watson and Burns were noticeably absent at first before Watson walked back to his seat.

Doering continued trying to keep the situation light, but Watson didn’t appear to be having fun.

On Twitter later, Watson indicated he was putting the exchange behind him, but he noted that Burns owed his wife a public apology.

OutKick reached out to ESPN for comment, and the network claimed it was all a joke.

“Entire thing was a performance bit. Benjamin 100% deserves an Emmy nomination,” ESPN Director of College Football & SEC Network Amanda Brooks responded.

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