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29th Season Of The Ultimate Fighter Coming To ESPN+

“In addition to serving as the home for season 29 of TUF, ESPN+ will also soon offer seasons 1-28 on demand.”

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Following a two-year layoff, The Ultimate Fighter is finally set to return next March. The Ultimate Fighter’s last installment aired on FS1 in Nov. 2018, but its 29th season will be available exclusively on ESPN+.

UFC moved its TV package to ESPN in 2019 and The Worldwide Leader’s streaming service had been hopeful of a revival for The Ultimate Fighter, now it appears they’ll get it in early 2021. In addition to serving as the home for season 29 of TUF, ESPN+ will also soon offer seasons 1-28 on demand. 

According to the press release from ESPN, casting for male bantamweight (135 lb.) and middleweight (185 lb.) athletes is currently open through Nov. 13 and will be conducted remotely. Coaches have yet to be decided and finalists for TUF29 will be selected by late Nov. 2020. Last month, it was revealed Dana White had hoped to use Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov as coaches for the reality series, but Khabib refused to take part in any event involving McGregor. 

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Stephen A. Smith Pushes Back On Being Labeled A ‘Sellout’ For Not Criticizing Jerry Jones

“You want to criticize me and what my positions are, I’m good with that. Y’all tell me why. If you’re right, I’ll say so.”

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Stephen A. Smith has strongly pushed back on his critics after he refused to condemn Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after a photo from The Washington Post surfaced of a 14-year-old Jones witnessing the integration of North Little Rock High School in 1957 from the steps of the school with others harassing the black students trying to enter.

During his Know Mercy podcast, Smith said he can only be called a “sellout” and a racial epithet “so much before you feel compelled to respond”.

“Y’all wanna attack everybody! Why don’t we listen to one another?” Smith asked. “I’m not friends with Candace Owens, I never met her a day in my life. But if you disagree with something she said, tell us what it is and why rather than saying ‘She a sellout!’ That’s easy, why? Let’s educate ourselves. Why would you think that? Why? Argue her facts.

“You want to criticize me and what my positions are, I’m good with that. Y’all tell me why. If you’re right, I’ll say so. You know how hard it is for me to listen to people that have worked in this industry for years with the stuff I know about them, listening to them and their drivel, talking nonsense about me?

“They ain’t do a damn thing to help our community! I put my career on the line everyday fighting for us. And we’re gonna go out like that? Because I don’t agree with y’all position on a still photo from 66 years ago. Really? We better wake up y’all.”

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Pat McAfee Show Listener Crashed Packers Thanksgiving Day Meal

“Somebody who watched the show, went over to Molly’s house with some sort of pie saying it was from me and then wouldn’t leave.

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The Green Bay Packers had a lovely team meal together on Thanksgiving Day in the lead-up to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, but apparently the party got crashed by a Pat McAfee Show listener who was tipped off to where the gathering was taking place.

In his weekly appearance with McAfee Tuesday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers claimed someone who caught Rodgers talking about spending turkey day at the home of kicker Mason Crosby managed to show up uninvited and unannounced.

Rodgers towards the end of his hit wanted to get a message out there to those tuning in to The Pat McAfee Show on YouTube.

“I just want to get this PSA out there. Listen, don’t be a freaking weirdo, OK?” Rodgers said. “Somebody who watched the show, went over to Molly’s house with some sort of pie saying it was from me and then wouldn’t leave. I’m just saying this, that’s creepy and don’t be that person.”

Rodgers wouldn’t elaborate on how the intruder was handled, but it was clear that the person managed to figure out where the Crosbys live and thought it would be funny to crash the party.

McAfee went slightly on the defensive, trying to distance himself and his show from the actions of an overzealous fan.

“I don’t think they’re from our show,” Pat said. “They’re from something else. They probably follow you on Instagram or something.”

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Omaha Productions Eyes Investment From Peter Chernin’s Content Studio

An investment from Chernin’s group to Omaha Productions would allow the company to “expand further into digital content, podcasts and sports-adjacent entertainment”.

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A report from Axios’ Sara Fischer claims Omaha Productions is in discussions with The North Road Company, a content studio founded by Peter Chernin. Peyton Manning’s production company is said to be seeking a substantial investment.

Chernin launched The North Road Company in July with $800 million in funding to create scripted and unscripted projects for TV and film distributors.

According to Fischer, an investment from Chernin’s group to Omaha Productions would allow the company to “expand further into digital content, podcasts and sports-adjacent entertainment”. Chernin previously invested in Barstool Sports, helping the company become a big success before Penn National acquired the company in 2020.

Omaha Productions recently expanded into more digitally focused, sports-adjacent programming. The company announced an expansion of its ‘Places’ franchise with non-sports subjects including Luke Bryan, LL Cool J, and Admiral William McRaven.

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