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David Price Says He Wants To See MLB On Nickelodeon

“Price said that maybe MLB needs to take a page out of the NFL playbook.”

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One of the main talking points from NFL Super Wild Card weekend was the alternate broadcast between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints that was geared towards kids and aired on Nickelodeon. With the success that the alternate broadcast had, it has led to debate that maybe other sports should have a broadcast that kids can learn the game from. 

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander David Price was on Thursday’s edition of Hot Stove on MLB Network to talk about the work that The Players Alliance was doing in Phoenix. 

Towards the end of the interview, Price was asked by Matt Vasgersian  about the way that MLB is presented on television and whether or not the broadcasts are designed too much around analytics. Price said that maybe MLB needs to take a page out of the NFL playbook.

“One thing I would like to see is what the NFL did last weekend with Nickelodeon. Having Nickelodeon do their broadcast and that was a broadcast I watched with my kids. I know my kids loved it when Michael Thomas scored that touchdown and got slimed. They loved all the goofy graphics with guys having big bug eyes and hearing about what players’ favorite foods are, what they used to watch on Nickelodeon…It was different than the normal broadcast, but I enjoyed that greatly.” 

Vasgersian told Price that he was onto something and it was something that they have talked about as well.

Price would be the right player to ask for this question because he decided to opt out of the 2020 MLB season due to COVID-19 concerns. He was able to watch more baseball and probably can pick out things that MLB can do better with the television product. 

Over the years, we have seen ESPN and MLB Network do broadcasts that are centered around the use of Statcast. Plus, ESPN did a live show called “Squeeze Play” during the Wild Card round this past year where they went around to all the games. However, if one of the criticisms for MLB is that they don’t bring in the younger demographic, maybe having Nickelodeon or a kid-centered alternate broadcast of a game isn’t a bad idea for kids to get to know the players and gain more fans. 

Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito was asked a similar question during an “Ask Me Anything” chat he had on Reddit as a fan asked him if the MLB should have a similar broadcast and would he volunteer to be slimed? Giolito was all for it.

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FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling

“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”

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An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.

Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.

The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.

The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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