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MSG Networks, Caesars Sportsbook Launching ‘One Course with JB Smoove’ Series

“Watch me on ‘One Course with JB Smoove’ as I indulge in my two favorite things – eating, talking and laughing… Wait, that’s three!”

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MSG Networks is giving viewers a chance to all be Caesars. (Just like Cooper Manning, Caesar’s favorite.) MSG Networks and Caesars Sportsbook are partnering on a new interview series featuring Caesar himself (at least for the sportsbook’s current ad campaign), actor and comedian JB Smoove.

One Course with JB Smoove, Presented by Caesars Sportsbook premieres Friday, Feb. 25 at 11 p.m. ET. Smoove will sit down for a meal with a special cast of guests, including celebrity athletes, actors, comedians, and musicians over 12 episodes. Each episode will air after an MSG Network New York Knicks or New York Rangers telecast.

Friday’s premiere features Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson as the guest. A second episode will debut Sunday, Feb. 27 at 11 p.m. ET with Eli Manning sitting down with Smoove.

The entire lineup of One Course with JB Smoove, Presented by Caesars Sportsbook is as follows:

  • Friday, February 25 Kenan Thompson
  • Sunday, February 27 Eli Manning
  • Wednesday, March 2 Tracy Morgan
  • Sunday, March 6 CC Sabathia
  • Tuesday, March 8 Susie Essman
  • Friday, March 11 Roy Wood Jr.
  • Tuesday, March 15 Richard Kind
  • Wednesday, March 16 Heidi Gardner
  • Tuesday, March 22 Judy Gold
  • Friday, March 25 Fat Joe
  • Monday, March 28 Tina Fey
  • Tuesday, March 29 Henrik Lundqvist

Caesars Sportsbook branding will be prominently featured throughout the show, naturally, and “Betting 101” segments with brand ambassador Kenny Mayne will also be included in each episode.

One Course with JB Smoove provides us another opportunity to entertain and story-tell,” said Caesars Digitial chief marketing officer Sharon Otterman.

“When we partnered with MSG Networks, our goal was to create compelling content to entertain and delight sports bettors across New York state. We always knew that having JB Smoove (aka “Caesar”), an incredible guest list and a talented production team come together would create engaging content to captivate New Yorkers.”

The dinner interview series is something of a revival for Smoove, who hosted Four Courses with JB Smoove on MSG Networks for four seasons, beginning in 2013.

Each episode of One Course with JB Smoove will also be available via streaming on MSG GO, in addition to MSG Networks. The network’s website, YouTube channel, and social media platforms will also feature additional content each week.

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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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