The Buffalo Bills cemented their status as a top contender for the AFC crown on Sunday Night Football. A 38-20 victory over the reigning conference champion Kansas City Chiefs was a big milestone for a Bills team that’s struggled to compete with Patrick Mahomes & company in the past.
The Bills’ social media team basked in all the glory of their squad’s triumph and were ready to troll noted Chiefs fan, Nick Wright.
The First Things First host declared the Chiefs would come out on top all last week on his FS1 show, but fate had other plans.
“After a sleepless night, I’ve composed myself & am ready to discuss the travesty that was last night,” Wright tweeted on Monday morning. “To prepare for today’s show, I’ve preemptively blocked @kevinwildes & @Chris_Broussard on Twitter & am trying to find a way to do it in real life. @FTFonFS1 in 20 minutes.”
Wright was prepared for his co-hosts to hop on the troll train, but the Bills social media jab caught him out of nowhere like a Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs deep ball. The FS1 host rolled with the punches but did have some issues with the social media team’s editing strategy.
“Also @BuffaloBills, the lack of the/haircut tells me the second clip here is from LAST YEAR, not even this season,” Wright tweeted at the Bills. “Unfair & misleading editing!”
Wildes, one of Wright’s co-hosts, has had to listen about the Chiefs’ greatness for the past three years, and he had “old school” photo edits ready to troll Wright.
Wright, to his credit, made sure to tip the cap to Wildes in his reaction to the loss.
“I don’t know if you’re familiar with, or if Broussard’s familiar with,” Wright began. “But I’m sure the audience is, that meme of the slightly balding guy looking kind of puzzling in the air, and it says, ‘when the worst person you know makes a great point.’ That’s how I felt watching this game thinking of Kevin Wildes.”
The Chiefs will try to bounce back and get to .500 on the season when they battle Washington next week.
Russ Heltman is a daily news writer for BSM. He is the morning host and producer for 89.3 WMKV in Cincinnati, OH. He also works in gameday communications for FC Cincinnati and additionally contributes to the AllBengals blog for Sports Illustrated. Russ can be found on Twitter @RussHeltman11 or you can reach him by email at Heltmandm@yahoo.com.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”