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Jason Whitlock: I Wouldn’t Let Myself Do What Shannon Sharpe Does On TV

“He said in the video that Americans tend to think the smartest people have the most money, when in reality, you make the most money by being willing to cut corners and compromise yourself.”

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Jason Whitlock has never been afraid to speak his mind. Even if it hasn’t made select members of the sports media industry happy. The longtime columnist and on-air personality may soon be hearing from industry associates again after releasing a new video promoting his show at The Blaze, which included a few strong opinions on members of the sports media industry.

Whitlock tweeted that his video was inspired by Shaquille O’Neal “renouncing his celebrity status” in an interview with the New York Post. He said in the video that Americans tend to think the smartest people have the most money, when in reality, you make the most money by being willing to cut corners and compromise yourself.

“If there’s a person watching this or a person on the planet that thinks Stephen A. Smith is smarter than me, you’re an idiot,” Jason Whitlock said. “And that’s not a shot at Stephen A. Smith. I’m not trying to put Stephen A. Smith on blast. But that’s not the reason Stephen A. Smith makes $12 million a year.”

Whitlock made it clear that he wasn’t singling Smith out or commenting on anything the First Take host had specifically done. The same was not true for Ryan Clark. Whitlock stated that he didn’t think the former Steeler and current NFL analyst was genuine in his appearances on television.

“I saw Ryan Clark from ESPN one day about a year ago crying on TV because some woman, some white woman in a drive thru called his son the N word or whatever as she’s going through the McDonald’s drive thru. And I saw this man crying on TV and I said ‘I’m not willing to do that.’ I’m not going to go on national TV and act like some white woman that I don’t know and that my son doesn’t know could bring me to tears because she called my son a name. I’m not gonna do that performance.”

Whitlock is now part of The Blaze, the digital network owned by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck. He hosts a show, Fearless with Jason Whitlock, weeknights at 7 ET.

Whitlock went on to say that it’s where he can be authentically himself. He singled out Shannon Sharpe, who he has been critical of in the past, adding that he could never allow himself to do what the Hall of Fame tight end does on TV.

“Trust me, there’s sin in my life and I’m not better than anybody, but I just want you to understand something about celebrity and wealth and fame and where it really comes from. Sometimes, it comes from a willingness to compromise your beliefs, a willingness to lie and be a fake, false person,” he closed the video by saying.

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David Kaplan Leaving NBC Sports Chicago

“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement.”

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David Kaplan has announced he is departing NBC Sports Chicago. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Kaplan said a new path opened that he couldn’t turn down.

“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement. You’ll still be able to catch me weekday mornings with Jonathan Hood on the Kap and JHood morning show on ESPN 1000. It will also allow me to provide you with more engaging and outstanding content right here on YouTube.”

Kaplan, who will turn 62 this weekend, accepted a buyout offered by NBCUniversal. He has hosted several different shows for the network during his tenure.

“He’s made enormous contributions to our network, and his passion, opinions and love of Chicago’s teams have made him a beloved and respected figure, not just with fans but also his colleagues,” NBC Sports Chicago Vice President of Content John Schippman told The Chicago Sun-Times. “We wish him the best and look forward to seeing what’s next.”

December 30th will be his final day at NBC Sports Chicago. He called his time with the network “an amazing run”.

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NASCAR Chasing Nearly $1 Billion Annual Rights Fee In Next TV Deal

“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport.”

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The current media rights deal for NASCAR with FOX Sports and NBC Sports doesn’t end until after the 2024 season, but the organization is currently plotting what it wants its next deal to look like, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

Currently, NASCAR makes $820 million per year from the two networks. In its new rights deal, it is expected to seek a deal in the neighborhood of $900-950 million range.

NASCAR plans to begin negotiating with its current media partners in the early months of 2023, but is currently happy with FOX and NBC.

“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport. Whether that’s pushing more brands and advertisers to spend on Fox and NBC,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Media and Productions Brian Herbst told FOS. “Fox had their third consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. NBC had their second consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. So it’s working for them — both from a viewership and an ad revenue perspective.”

In February of this year, NASCAR President Steve Phelps told the Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast that broadcast television “has to be a part” of the organization’s next television rights deal.

As its current media partners, FOX and NBC have exclusive negotiating windows with NASCAR.

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NFL Sunday Ticket Negotiations With Apple ‘Have Gotten Silly’

“Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”

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A report from The Athletic details why the NFL has not announced a new partner for the NFL Sunday Ticket package. David Kaplan claims there have been continued hiccups in the negotiations, mentioning the bargaining has gotten sideways between the league and Apple.

“This negotiation has gotten silly. … Clearly, there’s a problem. I think it’s really clear Apple is learning things they didn’t know,” the anonymous NFL source told Kaplan. “What the conversation is, is Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”

The report also details Amazon Prime and YouTube remain in the mix as potential suitors for the service, should talks with Apple and the league fall apart.

The NFL is looking for as much as $3.5 billion annually for rights to the service.

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