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Skip Bayless Lashes Out At Randy Moss For Not Calling Tom Brady ‘Fun’

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Skip Bayless took exception to comments made by Randy Moss concerning Cam Newton and the Patriots’ offense on a recent episode of ESPN’s Get UP!. So he delivered a passionate rebuttal on Monday’s Undisputed broadcast.

Moss, a NFL Hall-of-Fame wide receiver, said in part, “What we have seen coming out of New England, there is going to be a change (with Cam). I think we are going to see them have a lot more fun, not just the New England fans, but for football fans around the world.”

“I have about 23 problems with what Randy Moss said,” Bayless countered. “It has been a long time since a comment has dumbfounded and outraged me as much as this one has. He even went as far as to say that over the last 20 years, the New England offense has not been fun to watch.”

Bayless then addresses Moss directly.

“Randy, you were actually there and part of a 2007 offense which was the best I had ever witnessed up to that point. They shattered every offensive record imaginable. I was on the edge of my seat watching every game because it was bombs away and it was the most fun this side of the Saint Louis Rams offense in 2001. This (Patriots’) offense was unstoppable.”

Bayless also asks Moss what his definition of fun is.

“What are we talking about here? Are we talking about Cam occasionally running for a first down on a third down? That is a lot of fun. I will give you that. Or are we talking about the kind of fun that Panthers’ fans have had over the last four years when Cam has led them to a 23-23 record? Is that fun? It’s not fun to me.”

Bayless follows with his idea of a fun offense.

“Fun is Tom Brady winning six Super Bowls with six edge of your seat drives. You can’t define fun any better than that. Fun is when Tom Brady throws for 124 yards against the Legion of Boom (Seattle’s defense)  in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl. That’s Mardi Gras kind of fun.”

“You want a bigger definition of fun?” Bayless continued. “It’s Tom Brady leading the New England Patriots from 28-3 down in a Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Tom Brady threw for 246 yards. That’s New Year’s Eve kind of fun.”

Bayless wraps up his argument by insinuating that Moss’ opinion of Tom Brady and the New England offense could come from the fact that he never won a Super Bowl with the Patriots.

“Maybe he (Moss) did not watch the Super Bowls,” Bayless said. “Maybe he wasn’t aware that Tom has won six of them… Randy, what are you thinking?  Cam may be fun to watch, but Tom Brady is the funnest quarterback in the history of football.”

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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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