Whether you watch Sunday NFL Countdown or Get Up on Mondays on ESPN, Rex Ryan is not afraid to tell it like he sees it when breaking down the NFL.
The former head coach of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills was a guest on The Michael Kay Show with Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg on Thursday. Rosenberg asked Ryan about whether or not he had aspirations to be in the broadcast booth, which Ryan did once before on Monday Night Football back in 2017.
“I’m just out here enjoying what I’m doing. I think I blew that already when they had me do a game. That was the first experience I had and everyone said just be yourself. I never knew how to be myself…I guess I never knew what the hell I was.”
As far as his analysis on TV goes, Ryan said he is not afraid to say when something stinks on the football field and that comes from the experience he has of being around the NFL.
“I think the audience knows that when I say something, I mean it. It’s never a personal thing. It’s always what I believe to be the truth. It generally works out that oh man, this dude was telling the truth about this player. I never try to make it a personal attack on a guy, but if I think something stinks, I’m going to say it. This is what I see. It’s only based on 30 years of coaching and being around this league all my life. I think it gives me something other people don’t have. The voice of experience and somebody who is not afraid of it.
“I’m not worried about my next job. Some of these guys when I hear them, I’m like ‘Oh my god, what are you doing?’ It’s almost like you see a guy trying to get a job or something. Those days are gone.”
Ryan hasn’t been a head coach since 2016 and he told the trio that he hasn’t had a phone call to return to coaching, but it is something he accepts and now he gets to enjoy the game in a different way.
“I’ve been available for the last 5 years and I haven’t had one phone call. I’m not doing this anymore. I’m ok with it. I put every single thing I had into coaching, 100%, and now I am just enjoying the games like fans do. I love the game and I am just enjoying it just like our fans do.”
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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.”
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.”
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.