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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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ESPN Unveils New NBA Graphics Package, Theme Song

The network unveiled a new scorebug, with colors for each team corresponding to what uniform they are wearing.

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As ESPN prepares for the upcoming NBA season, the network unveiled a new graphics package and theme song Tuesday.

The network unveiled a new scorebug, with colors for each team corresponding to what uniform they are wearing.

“Leading creative initiatives like this one are exactly what we envisioned when we created ESPN’s groundbreaking in-house Creative Studio almost two years ago,” said Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu, Vice President, ESPN Creative Studio. “We take sports from game to experience. It takes a dynamic collective of creative capabilities and storytellers to make fans feel like they are part of the game.”

“Like everything involving the NBA on ESPN, this has been a total team effort,” said Tim Corrigan, Vice President, Production. “We were thrilled to collaborate with our ESPN Creative Studio group to bring this new look and feel to life. It’s big, bold and contemporary and we can’t wait for fans to see it.”

The network has also unveiled new theme music for the upcoming season.

ESPN partnered with Made Music Studios for “the next evolution” of the NBA on ESPN’s sound.  The network says “Made Music created a hip hop-based concept with the power and energy synonymous with ESPN’s NBA Productions”.

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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.

Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”

Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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