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Katie Nolan Joining NBC’s Beijing Winter Olympics Coverage

Nolan’s recent tweets about curling and adding Rebecca Lowe to her contacts appeared to be hints.

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Katie Nolan is joining NBC’s Beijing Winter Olympics coverage. The network announced on Thursday that she will create daily short-form content for television and digital platforms.

“I always dreamed I’d go to the Olympics one day,” Nolan said in NBC’s official announcement. “Technically in the dream, I was winning gold for Team USA, but I’m thrilled at the chance to win one with Team NBC Olympics. We get medals for this, right?”

Two recent tweets from Nolan hinted at her new gig, whether fans realized it or not.

Nolan revealed on Twitter in September that she was no longer working for ESPN after four years at the network. At ESPN, she hosted Always Late with Katie Nolan for ESPN+ and the podcast Sports? With Katie Nolan, while also appearing on shows including Highly Questionable, Around the Horn, and The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.

But her standing at the network appeared to deteriorate after her podcast producer, Ashley Braband, was laid off in November 2020. Nolan later revealed that Always Late had been canceled earlier in the year.

In the four months since then, Nolan shared that she believed she was close to getting an HBO show that eventually went to Bomani Jones. It’s also been rumored that she would eventually land at Meadowlark Media, where she would reunite with Le Batard and John Skipper, but a project for her has not yet developed.

Prior to joining ESPN, Nolan hosted Garbage Time with Katie Nolan and NFL Films Presents for FS1, and was one of the original panelists on Crowd Goes Wild.

Based on her previous work, Nolan should provide humor and irreverence for the Winter Olympics viewing audience, perhaps providing a change of pace for the heartwarming and serious feature storytelling NBC provides for more casual sports fans. It’s unfortunate that NBC isn’t sending any talent to Beijing due to COVID-19 concerns because Nolan could produce some entertaining content on-site.

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Netflix CEO: ‘We’re Not Anti-Sports, We’re Just Pro-Profit’

“He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.”

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Netflix will not join Apple and Amazon in the rush to gobble up live sports rights. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos addressed the streaming giant’s disinterest at the UBS Global Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday.

He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.

“We’re not anti-sports,” Sarandos said according to Deadline. “We’re just pro-profit. We have yet to figure out how to do it. But I’m very confident we can get twice as big as we are without sports.” 

Questions about the interest the company has in carrying live sports have come up several times in the past. Sarandon made similar comments last year when asked about it.

Reed Hastings, Sarandos’s co-CEO at Netflix, has a slightly different view. In 2021, he indicated that Netflix could be interested in F1 rights someday thanks to the success of its documentary series Drive to Survive, but that would be a special case. Any league interested in doing business with Netflix, he said, would have to allow Netflix to control all of its content.

Ted Sarandos echoed that sentiment in his most recent comments. He said that the company does not see a way to profit by “renting big-league sports.”

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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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