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Paul Finebaum Hammers Nebraska On Get Up

“He not only said that Nebraska wouldn’t find the ultimate success this year, he wonders if they are even capable of success in a way that would make them worthy of their current situation.”

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Even though the Big Ten returned last week, COVID-19 found a way to make an impact on the conference as Wisconsin had 12 positive COVID cases in their football facility, and had to cancel their game against Nebraska this weekend. Since Nebraska could not play a game this week, they tried to get a game against an FCS opponent, Chattanooga. However, the Big Ten denied the Cornhuskers their request to play Saturday. 

Earlier this summer, Nebraska was in the news when their head coach, Scott Frost, said the school was looking to play football no matter who they were playing or where they were playing after the Big Ten postponed the season. That led Desmond Howard to say on Get Up that if he were the conference commissioner, Kevin Warren, he would have looked to get Nebraska out of the conference. 

While Paul Finebaum did not go as far as Howard did on Get Up on Friday, he did call Nebraska a “total embarrassment”.

“I don’t know where to begin other than to say they have been in the Big Ten for 10 years and the only major championship they have won has been the league’s biggest crybaby.”

In Nebraska’s statement on Thursday, they argued that playing a non-conference game would help any Big Ten team gain another data point for consideration into the College Football Playoff. However, Nebraska didn’t help their own chances of that with their 52-17 loss to Ohio State last Saturday. 

While the school could have been arguing that point as more of a Big Ten point than for the actual school itself, that still led Finebaum to say there is something else more likely than Nebraska making the playoff.

“Nebraska in the College Football Playoff? I have a better chance of winning the country’s most sexiest man than Nebraska has of going to the College Football Playoff this year.”

Of course, that comments drew laughs from Mike Greenberg, but for Finebaum, it was no laughing matter. He not only said that Nebraska wouldn’t find the ultimate success this year, he wonders if they are even capable of success in a way that would make them worthy of their current situation.

“Why Nebraska wants to go rogue, remember Nebraska used to be in the Big 12. They thought they were too good for that and they joined the Big Ten. They ought to get out of the Big Ten and find someplace where they can rule the roost because they don’t belong in the Big Ten anymore.” 

It would have been interesting to see if this was another school how this request would have been perceived by the media, but it is safe to say Nebraska has taken its fair share of criticism over the last couple of months for some of the statements made by the program and its supporters. 

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The NFL Still Considering Multiple Offers For Sunday Ticket

The NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has not bid for the package but has stated it is willing to partner with the new rightsholder for a potential deal.

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Sunday Ticket Negotiations

DirecTV currently has the rights to Sunday Ticket. That deal expires at the end of this upcoming football season. The NFL is expected to make a boatload of cash when they decide which media organization gets the next rights to the package. The only question is… who will that be?

Alex Sherman of CNBC reports that the NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has decided not bid for the package. However, they are interested in partnering with the new rightsholder for a potential deal. DirecTV knows that Sunday Ticket is a staple in bars and restaurants and is interested in maintaining those relationships.

Outside of the bar/restaurant industry, success has been limited for the satellite provider with the football package. Fewer than two million subscribers signed up for Sunday Ticket each year which made the package a money-loser for the satellite TV provider.

According to the report, the NFL wants more than $2 billion for the rights and a stake in NFL Media, which is being packaged with Sunday Ticket. Also on the table is the NFL’s mobile rights. The league’s previous mobile agreement with Verizon has ended.

An interesting piece of the negotiations is Sunday Ticket price. According to the report, a buyer would have limited flexibility on pricing. The NFL signed contracts with CBS and Fox and within the framework of those deals, language mandates Sunday Ticket have a premium price. That’s to prevent loss of viewers from the networks that feature local market Sunday afternoon games. So essentially, the price is the price for the consumer.

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F1 Renews With ESPN For U.S. Media Rights

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

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The racing series F1 has decided to stick with ESPN through 2025.

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

The reported value of the three-year contract is set to pay F1 $75-90M per year for the U.S. media rights. Amazon had offered to pay roughly $100M per year, with the right to sublicense to a linear broadcast network. Comcast’s offer was similar to ESPN’s in terms of value and the structure. They also wanted to put select races on it’s streaming service, Peacock.

Netflix was in on the negotiations, as well. The makers of Drive to Survive, the streaming series that many credit with the sport’s explosion in popularity in recent years, wasn’t close on on their financial offer. Also, it seems F1 executives were not ready to put all of its races on a streaming service just yet.

Currently, F1 receives $5M per year for ESPN to broadcast it’s races. ESPN has grabbed about 1.0 million viewers per race. That makes F1 a more than viable option for the network to invest into again. ESPN will be able to put a small number of races on its ESPN+ streaming service exclusively. The vast majority being on ABC or ESPN.

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Skip Bayless Says He And Stephen A. Smith ‘Sorted Out’ Their Disagreement

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

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Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were locked in a war of words last week following the First Take host’s appearance on JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast.

The origins of their partnership were discussed and Bayless admitted he did not like the way Smith characterized the state of First Take before he arrived on set. Smith insisted that Bayless simply misunderstood what he meant by saying that he was told the show needed him.

Over the weekend, Skip Bayless says he and Stephen A. Smith got together at the Bayless home in California to talk things out in private.

“He was in LA, he came over, we sat by the pool,” he said on the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show. “It wasn’t the easiest conversation for a while, but we slowly but surely sorted it out. We got through it, and we have been through so much together.”

Bayless reiterated that he considers Smith a brother. They love each other. That doesn’t mean they are always going to remember events the same way or see eye-to-eye all the time.

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

Fighting doesn’t mean the relationship is fractured. In fact, Skip Bayless was adamant that he remains closer to Smith than he is to most people in his life.

“I don’t trust easily because of the way I was raised, but I do trust Stephen Anthony Smith. Trust him with my life. Always have and always will. I trust he will always be there for me, and you better believe I will always be there for him.”

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