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Dodgers Hire Joe Davis As TV Announcer

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a new voice in the television booth during the 2016 season, which is also slated to be the 67th and final season for Hall of Famer Vin Scully.

On Wednesday, the team announced that 27-year-old Joe Davis will come on board to call 50 road television games on SportsNet LA, where he’ll be joined by Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra and Alanna Rizzo. Notable news, as it also leads us to ponder whether Davis will be the choice to take Scully’s seat full time beginning in 2017.

Chances are that’s exactly what the Dodgers have in mind. Bringing in Davis for the 2016 season will allow him to get his feet wet with the team. Perhaps more importantly, it will allow Dodgers fans to get familiar with his voice and create a relationship ahead of Davis replacing the irreplaceable.

“Joe Davis has put together an outstanding play-by-play resume,” said Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen. “We are thrilled to have one of the top young sports broadcast talents in the nation join our great television team.”

Davis’ resume really is quite impressive. He’s currently working for FOX Sports, where he has announced Pac-12 and Big 12 sports, as well as regional MLB games. He’s also worked for Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN and ESPN Radio. During his time at ESPN, Davis became the youngest person to announce a bowl game, calling the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl at age 25.

He’s obviously on the fast track to stardom in broadcasting, but it’s amazing to think that as relatively young as he is, he’s still four years older than Scully was when he joined the Dodgers booth as a 23-year-old.

It’s also interesting to point out that Davis would be walking into a similar situation as Scully, who initially worked alongside another broadcasting legend Red Barber. Scully has admitted that Barber was a little a rough on him at times. He had limited opportunities to develop his skills with both Barber and Connie Desmond calling games, but in due time he still managed to develop the confidence needed to be successful.

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The NFL Still Considering Multiple Offers For Sunday Ticket

The NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has not bid for the package but has stated it is willing to partner with the new rightsholder for a potential deal.

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DirecTV currently has the rights to Sunday Ticket. That deal expires at the end of this upcoming football season. The NFL is expected to make a boatload of cash when they decide which media organization gets the next rights to the package. The only question is… who will that be?

Alex Sherman of CNBC reports that the NFL has had the respective bids of Disney, Apple and Amazon for weeks now. DirecTV has decided not bid for the package. However, they are interested in partnering with the new rightsholder for a potential deal. DirecTV knows that Sunday Ticket is a staple in bars and restaurants and is interested in maintaining those relationships.

Outside of the bar/restaurant industry, success has been limited for the satellite provider with the football package. Fewer than two million subscribers signed up for Sunday Ticket each year which made the package a money-loser for the satellite TV provider.

According to the report, the NFL wants more than $2 billion for the rights and a stake in NFL Media, which is being packaged with Sunday Ticket. Also on the table is the NFL’s mobile rights. The league’s previous mobile agreement with Verizon has ended.

An interesting piece of the negotiations is Sunday Ticket price. According to the report, a buyer would have limited flexibility on pricing. The NFL signed contracts with CBS and Fox and within the framework of those deals, language mandates Sunday Ticket have a premium price. That’s to prevent loss of viewers from the networks that feature local market Sunday afternoon games. So essentially, the price is the price for the consumer.

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F1 Renews With ESPN For U.S. Media Rights

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

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The racing series F1 has decided to stick with ESPN through 2025.

ESPN was reportedly in a three-way bidding battle with Amazon and Comcast. According to the report, F1 told both Amazon and Comcast on Friday that they had decline to accept either one’s offer.

The reported value of the three-year contract is set to pay F1 $75-90M per year for the U.S. media rights. Amazon had offered to pay roughly $100M per year, with the right to sublicense to a linear broadcast network. Comcast’s offer was similar to ESPN’s in terms of value and the structure. They also wanted to put select races on it’s streaming service, Peacock.

Netflix was in on the negotiations, as well. The makers of Drive to Survive, the streaming series that many credit with the sport’s explosion in popularity in recent years, wasn’t close on on their financial offer. Also, it seems F1 executives were not ready to put all of its races on a streaming service just yet.

Currently, F1 receives $5M per year for ESPN to broadcast it’s races. ESPN has grabbed about 1.0 million viewers per race. That makes F1 a more than viable option for the network to invest into again. ESPN will be able to put a small number of races on its ESPN+ streaming service exclusively. The vast majority being on ABC or ESPN.

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Skip Bayless Says He And Stephen A. Smith ‘Sorted Out’ Their Disagreement

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

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Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were locked in a war of words last week following the First Take host’s appearance on JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast.

The origins of their partnership were discussed and Bayless admitted he did not like the way Smith characterized the state of First Take before he arrived on set. Smith insisted that Bayless simply misunderstood what he meant by saying that he was told the show needed him.

Over the weekend, Skip Bayless says he and Stephen A. Smith got together at the Bayless home in California to talk things out in private.

“He was in LA, he came over, we sat by the pool,” he said on the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show. “It wasn’t the easiest conversation for a while, but we slowly but surely sorted it out. We got through it, and we have been through so much together.”

Bayless reiterated that he considers Smith a brother. They love each other. That doesn’t mean they are always going to remember events the same way or see eye-to-eye all the time.

“Brothers fight. We have fought before. I’m assuming we will fight again.”

Fighting doesn’t mean the relationship is fractured. In fact, Skip Bayless was adamant that he remains closer to Smith than he is to most people in his life.

“I don’t trust easily because of the way I was raised, but I do trust Stephen Anthony Smith. Trust him with my life. Always have and always will. I trust he will always be there for me, and you better believe I will always be there for him.”

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