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ESPN Tried to Keep Jemele Hill During Buyout Talks

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Jemele Hill will receive $6.25 million to walk away from ESPN this month. That isn’t what the network wanted according to Andrew Marchand. Despite public perception that Hill was persona non grata at ESPN, Marchand reports in The New York Post that ESPN offered her a number of different options hoping one would intrigue her enough to stay.

The first idea that was floated was that Jemele Hill become the permanent co-host of Highly Questionable. Dan Le Batard and Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard have never permanently replaced Bomani Jones since he left the show in June of 2017. Hill has filled that role multiple times and has a good relationship with Dan. Hill passed.

ESPN also offered Jemele Hill a permanent role on SportsNation. Marchand did not indicate what the role was, but SportsNation was recently cancelled, so Hill probably did the smart thing in turning it down.

Another option floated to Hill was increasing her role with The Undefeated. According to Marchand, ESPN wanted to not only allow Hill to work on more prominent stories, but also use her as a part of Undefeated branded programming on ESPN+.

Hill’s final day was originally reported to be last Friday. ESPN has extended that a bit, although in all likelihood she will not be seen on the air very much. Her previously recorded interview with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to be her final appearance on ESPN. Her final day of employment will be September 15.

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Shaquille O’Neal: ‘Would’ve Supported’ Charles Barkley Leaving TNT For LIV Golf

“If he had accepted it, I wouldn’t be mad. And if Charles had left? You’d still have me.”

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After flirting with LIV Golf, Inside the NBA‘s Charles Barkley reaffirmed his commitment to the show and TNT, but a colleague would have supported him if he left.

Shaquille O’Neal told USA Today, during an interview about his upcoming show Secret Celebrity Renovation on CBS, that he would have been in Barkley’s corner had he decided to join the LIV Golf broadcast crew.

“I would’ve supported him every which way,” O’Neal said. “Charles is one of those legends, like Bill Russell, who didn’t make a lot of money playing. So if a chance comes up like this at this age that’s legal – controversial but legal – you’ve got to look at it. If he had accepted it, I wouldn’t be mad. And if Charles had left? You’d still have me.”

While Inside the NBA would still have O’Neal, it was Barkley, Ernie Johnson, and Kenny Smith that took the show to new heights for a decade before O’Neal joined the show after his playing career ended in 2011.

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WWE Reveals Vince McMahon Made More Hush Money Payments Than Previously Reported

Days after McMahon announced he was retiring from the company, WWE discovered McMahon had made two other payments totaling $5 million in previously unknown cases from 2007 and 2009, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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After announcing last month that WWE would go back to 2019 and account for $14.6 million of payments chairman Vince McMahon is alleged to have paid to silence sexual misconduct allegations, the company has announced the amount is larger than original estimated, according to a report from Variety.

Days after McMahon announced he was retiring from the company, WWE discovered he had made two other payments totaling $5 million in previously unknown cases from 2007 and 2009, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company admits those payments should have been recorded in their statements for those fiscal years. They had previously hoped to have their revised statements available by Monday, August 9th, but the unearthing of additional payments made that goal unrealistic.

McMahon remains a shareholder of WWE with controlling interest. His daughter, Stephanie, was named co-CEO along with former television department head of CAA Nick Khan.

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Report: Amazon Prime Video Adding NFL Black Friday Game in 2023

Amazon, the largest retailer in the world, is expected to pay in the neighborhood of $100 million for this single game on Black Friday, one of the largest retail days on the calendar.

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Thanksgiving weekend is getting another NFL game.

Per a report from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Amazon’s Prime Video will add an exclusive game on Black Friday to their NFL package, beginning with the 2023 season.

Amazon, the largest retailer in the world, is expected to pay in the neighborhood of $100 million for this single game on Black Friday, one of the largest retail days on the calendar.

The NFL’s antitrust exemption prohibits the league from broadcasting games in primetime on Fridays during November, so, in all likelihood, it will be an afternoon game.

It has long been speculated this was on the table for Prime Video. Football Morning in America’s Peter King deduced the possibility was more probable than not when Prime Video became a player for NFL rights.

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