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Skip Bayless Says Kevin Cash Pulled Blake Snell For Media Attention

“Aside from Cash’s knack for giving good interviews, Bayless says the media is also drawn to Cash because the Rays don’t have many superstars on their roster.”

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Sports pundits throughout the day on Wednesday took turns roasting Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash for pulling ace pitcher Blake Snell after just 73 pitches in Game 6 of the World Series which the Rays ultimately lost 3-1. Skip Bayless also criticized Cash for the move on FS1’s Undisputed, but he also took the unusual stance of, at least partially, blaming the media for playing a part in Cash’s decision.

Bayless frames his argument by comparing Snell’s performance before he was removed to Cardinals great Bob Gibson.

“It was very clear that Blake Snell was the best player on the field last night, from both teams,” Bayless said. “Bob Gibson was my favorite baseball player growing up. He pitched three games in three World Series. Eight of them were complete games. They rode their horse to the finish. The Dodgers had no chance against Blake Snell. They were making weak or no contact against him.”

Bayless then offers an explanation as to why Cash pulled Snell from the game. He loves media attention.

“Kevin Cash was not money last night,” Bayless said. “I immediately tweeted (after Cash took Snell out of the game) ‘bad idea’. Kevin Cash has become a media lightning rod throughout these playoffs. He does a great interview, but I think he got a little full of himself, thinking I’m the face of my team. They (the media) want to talk to me more than they do anybody else.”

Aside from Cash’s knack for giving good interviews, Bayless says the media is also drawn to Cash because the Rays don’t have many superstars on their roster.

“They have Blake Snell and they have Randy Arozarena, but he came out of nowhere. So by default the star of the team became Kevin Cash and he starts to think he is a genius because he understands analytics.

Bayless particularly took exception to the way Cash pulled Snell from the game saying the move deflated the Tampa Bay dugout.”

“Again Kevin Cash is full of himself,” he said. “Blake Snell gives up a one out single and Kevin Cash comes running out of the dugout with the cameras all on him gesturing for the bullpen to give him the right-hander. Then the camera cuts to Blake Snell who utters an expletive he knew (he was being taken out of the game). You can’t do that to the man. He could have gone all nine innings and the Dodgers maybe would have gotten one run off of him. Instead before I could reach for my keyboard, it was 2-1 Dodgers and you could just see the life go out of the Rays dugout.”

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Ian Rapoport: I Have Never Thought It is Me vs Adam Schefter

“I don’t even think that, it’s just I report what I know, and he reports what he knows.”

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In terms of NFL insiders, Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter are the two biggest names out there. And sometimes it can be a race between the two to get the biggest scoops first. Especially now with the NFL coaching carousel in full swing.

This week two teams hired new head coaches – the Broncos traded two first round picks to the Saints to acquire the rights to Sean Payton and the Texans signed DeMeco Ryans.

Rapoport tweeted that Denver had pursued Ryans up until the day they announced the trade for Payton.

Not even 15 minutes later, Schefter appeared to clarify the information out there with the two teams.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Thursday, Pat McAfee referred to the conflicting information as a “source off.”

Ian said he stood behind what he put out there.

“I know it’s fun to call it a source off or whatever, but for me I reported what I had based on the best information I can get – based on talking to many, many people throughout the course of the last month,” Rapoport said from the Senior Bowl. “And then whatever happens as a result of this I don’t really mind.”

In terms of any sort of rivalry between him and Schefter, Rapoport doesn’t view it as a head-to-head matchup.

“I don’t even think that, it’s just I report what I know, and he reports what he knows,” he said. “And everyone can sort of judge for themselves whichever way to go.”

McAfee gave kudos to Rapoport for his reporting on the Ryans situation. He also said it’s a good thing Rapoport doesn’t worry himself too much about what other insiders are doing.

“I think you should feel good about it, but I do like a good source off,” McAfee said. “And I appreciate the fact that you don’t view it as you versus Schefter. But you two are at the top of the game. So that’s a compliment more so than anything.”

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AEW Considers Launching Streaming Service

“It’s possible an AEW streaming service could be independent, but many are hopeful AEW’s offerings would be available on HBO Max or Discovery+ akin to how WWE Network is now available on Peacock.”

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All Elite Wrestling is looking into launching its own streaming service.

According to reporting from Bloomberg, a source “familiar with management’s thinking” said AEW is looking to strike a deal with broadcast partner Warner Bros. Discovery.

Since launching in 2019, AEW now puts on two weekly shows on Warner channels TBS and TNT and airs two shows on YouTube.

Last year AEW acquired Ring of Honor from Sinclair Broadcast Group. As part of that deal, AEW took ownership of RoH’s extensive content library Honor Club. So much like WWE did with WWE Network when it launched in 2014, AEW could launch its streaming service and have all of Ring of Honor’s content in a one-stop shop.

It’s possible an AEW streaming service could be independent, but many are hopeful AEW’s offerings would be available on HBO Max or Discovery+ akin to how WWE Network is now available on Peacock.

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NBC Officially Unveils Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge as New Big Ten Booth

“With their collective college football experience and great enthusiasm for the game, Todd, Noah and Kathryn join a production team that can’t wait to kick off the Big Ten season.”

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It’s officially official: Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge, and Kathryn Tappen will join the Big Ten on NBC booth when the network begins airing the conference’s football package in 2023.

NBC made the announcement Thursday, after weeks of speculation about the moves.

“We are excited to showcase Big Ten Saturday Night on the NBC Sports’ primetime marquee,” said NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood. “When you hear Todd’s voice, you know it’s a big college football game. It has been that way for decades.

“Noah is one of the industry’s rising young play-by-play commentators, who has excelled calling numerous sports across multiple platforms for a wide range of audiences. We are thrilled to pair him in the booth with Todd.

“Kathryn has told the stories of so many memorable Notre Dame Football moments over the last decade in her on-field reporting and interviews,” Flood continued. “With their collective college football experience and great enthusiasm for the game, Todd, Noah and Kathryn join a production team that can’t wait to kick off the Big Ten season.”

Blackledge joins NBC after working as a college football analyst for the network for the past 17 seasons. Previously, he was the an analyst for CBS and ABC, making 2023 his 30th consecutive season covering college football as an analyst.

Eagle is the son of broadcasting legend Ian Eagle, and currently serves as the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers. He comes to NBC after calling college football games for FOX Sports in 2022.

Tappen has spent the past nine seasons working NBC’s college football coverage with Notre Dame. Eight of those nine seasons were spent as the network’s sideline reporter before anchoring the studio coverage from South Bend in 2022.

2023 will mark the beginning of a seven-year contract for NBC to air Big Ten football games in primetime. The move is one of the biggest notable expansions in the college football arena for the network since its partnership with Notre Dame began in 1991.

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