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Draymond Green Admits He Was Wrong To Call Kendrick Perkins A Racial Slur

“Regardless of how I may use the word to my friends or how that word may be perceived by anyone else in the world, it was wrong here.”

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In a recent episode of The Draymond Green Show, Green used a word to describe Kendrick Perkins that carries heavy racial undertones. In an impromptu video uploaded to The Volume’s YouTube page, Green admitted that he was wrong to do so.

Green was comparing Perkins to other “hot take” debaters and saying that Perkins didn’t have to do that because “you played”. That’s when he said, “You went from Enforcer to c–n”.

Perkins heard that and responded on Twitter with a video lambasting Green, asking “Hey Draymond you good? The f— wrong with you? Didn’t you just win your fourth championship? What the f— you worried about me for…Forget the old media, forget the new media, Imma stand by the old law and the old law says all that disrespect and all that hoe s— of calling somebody a c—. Man you gotta be f—ed up.”

In the new video from Green, Draymond walked viewers thru learning about the responsibility he says he now has as new media member and one that is a powerful voice.

“The other day, when I was speaking, I used a word that carries a racial connotation. When I used the word, I could have very well replaced the word with clown,” Green said. “I could have very well replaced the word with idiot, moron. I could have replaced the word with anything and continued in stride….The reason being for this episode is for me to come and address that.”

Green referenced being in New York and having conversations with Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars in which he said he did not realize the severity of the word he used and learned from Dumars about the word’s history during their conversation.

“For me, it’s like, stop acting corny. You’re on some weird type stuff. That’s whack,” Green explained. “For me, in using the word, that’s what I was implying. However, in understanding that everyone didn’t grow up in Saginaw, Michigan. Everyone didn’t grow up with my friends. This is such a huge moment for growth in learning for me being rookie in this business and understanding that word does not mean the same thing to everyone.”

There are a lot of people out there that are going to see that and say ‘that’s a racial thing’ and as someone who stands against racism, has stood against it for years, and who is not afraid to get out in front of it, I can admit, right here, that I was wrong. Regardless of how I may use the word to my friends or how that word may be perceived by anyone else in the world, it was wrong here.”

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Notre Dame Expects Next Media Rights Deal to be Worth $60 Million Annually

Notre Dame is reportedly seeking $75 million per year, while Sports Business Journal figures the school would get closer to $60 million.

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There are still a few more seasons until Notre Dame starts the process of hammering out a new media rights deal, but it’s believed the FBS independent could have its next partner shelling out more than double what NBC is currently paying.

NBC, which appears to be a front-runner alongside CBS to be one of the key rights partners in the Big Ten’s new contract, currently pays $25 million each year for rights to Fighting Irish football according to Front Office Sports.

Notre Dame is reportedly seeking $75 million per year, while Sports Business Journal figures the school would get closer to $60 million.

Viewership for Fighting Irish games was reportedly down 48% year-over-year for the 2021 season, averaging 2.5 million viewers. The year before that, the pandemic season in 2020, viewership for Notre Dame was its best since 2005.

Notre Dame remains an independent in football, but is in the ACC for its other programs. The Fighting Irish do play some ACC schools in football. With NBC and the Big Ten apparently becoming new partners, it’s believed that Notre Dame would then have more Big Ten opponents in football.

The current contract between the school and NBC ends in 2025.

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Robert Griffin III Replaces Randy Moss on Monday Night Countdown

The network announced the addition of Robert Griffin III to the pre-game program.

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With Monday Night Countdown set to lead into Thursday’s preseason matchup with the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks, ESPN announced their lineup for the show.

The network announced the addition of Robert Griffin III to the pre-game program. Robert Griffin III will join Booger McFarland and Steve Young as the show’s main analysts.

They will be partnered with Suzy Kolber who returns for her sixth year as the show’s host and news breaker Adam Schefter.

It was reported in July that analyst Randy Moss would not be returning to the show, opting instead to focus solely on Sunday Night Countdown.

The first regular season action featuring Monday Night Countdown will be on Monday, September 12 when the Seahawks play the Denver Broncos.

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Leafs Nation Network, the Toronto Maple Leafs Channel, Is Going Off the Air

“Thank you for your viewership. As of Sept. 1, Leafs Nation Network TV services will no longer be on air.”

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The Toronto Maple Leafs launched Leafs TV, a team-specific specialty channel in 2001 and rebranded it as Leafs Nation Network in 2017. However, after nearly twenty-one years on the air, it will fade to black at the end of August.

“Thank you for your viewership,” the channel told viewers who have tuned in recently. “As of Sept. 1, Leafs Nation Network TV services will no longer be on air.”

The news was confirmed to the Sun. Staff said they had been informed of the news a few weeks ago however few jobs are expected to be lost, of any, as many of the LNN duties will be moved to the digital format.

Leafs TV was part of the sale of the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise sale in 2011 to Bell-Rogers communications (worth $1.32 billion). With that sale, Leafs TV began to become a “redundant” channel focusing mainly on classic games and interviews once Rogers made a 2014 deal to become the dominant NHL network, grabbing the majority of live programming.

“Leafs TV was a big bargaining chip at the time of the (Rogers-Bell sale), but they’ve come to see that (lack of game broadcast presence) doesn’t work,” a source told the Sun.

A statement from MLSE on Tuesday read in part: “With new and increasing opportunities to share content on its digital platforms, subscribers to the Leafs Nation Network were informed earlier this month that the channel would cease being broadcast on Sept. 1. Maple Leafs game day and practice coverage will continue to be shared across the team’s digital platforms, combined with exciting new content on the team’s social and digital channels. The team will continue to produce live Marlies home games with details being shared in the weeks ahead about where those broadcasts will be made available.”

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