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Skip Bayless Won’t Give LeBron Credit, So Shannon Sharpe Mocks Him With Live Goat

“Bayless remained true to form, downplaying James’ accomplishments again on Monday’s Undisputed.”

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co-host Skip Bayless seems to be fixated on LeBron James recently. Not only did he devote two separate segments of the FS1 program Monday to downplaying  James and the Los Angeles Lakers recent NBA title, he also compared Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to James when discussing Prescott’s career-threatening injury, a compound right ankle fracture. Bayless has also been active from his personal twitter account expressing his opinions on both topics.

Bayless, who has a long history of downplaying James’ accomplishments, began the process from his personal Twitter account just minutes after James won his fourth NBA Title on Sunday.

Bayless remained true to form, downplaying James’ accomplishments again on Monday’s Undisputed.

“These championship rings should be made of Cubic Zirconia and have a big asterisk inscribed on the inside that says ‘avoided Clippers’”, Bayless said. “You (the Lakers) avoided the one team that could have knocked you off, the one team that the odds makers had as favorites going into these pandemic playoffs. You got to play a team whose center is only as tall as your point guard… You were prohibitive favorites to win.”

It is likely that similar comments from Bayless and others that caused James to say after the Championship game, where he was named Finals MVP,  “I want my damn respect”.

Bayless also took issue with that statement.

“I was shocked that LeBron acknowledged all the doubt that’s out there about him,” Bayless said. “Some of it emanates from this side of the table (Bayless) but a lot of people inside and outside of basketball have doubts. LeBron is wrongly compared to Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time. I covered Michael Jordan. I can’t imagine him saying, ‘I want my damn respect’. That’s because Michael Jordan is universally acknowledged as the greatest athlete to play any sport… There are probably even Laker fans who won’t say that about LeBron.”

Bayless’s Undisputed co-host was not having the disrespect. Shannon Sharpe mocked Bayless and his on-going vendetta against LeBron by brining a live goat onto the show’s set.

The LeBron topic then made the crossover from the hardwood to the gridiron as Bayless compared the toughness of Dak Prescott to that of James.

“I have raved about him ever since he was in college and I did on that other show on ESPN (First Take),” Bayless said. “From the first time I saw him pay in the NFL against the Rams .I knew he could be a franchise quarterback,” Bayless said. “Early yesterday, against the woeful Giants, we were down 17-3.Then the defense starts to cause some turnovers. Maybe there is some hope. I thought maybe this was our day, and then the injury happens. It took me a minute to process what just happened because he had been LeBron-esque ironman.”

Stats seem to back up Bayless’ point, as Prescott has yet to miss a regular season start in his five year career while James has also been relatively durable during his 17 year career. Although, it should be noted that it wasn’t even a month ago that Bayless questioned Prescott’s toughness and fitness to lead a team after the Cowboys’ quarterback admitted to suffering from depression during the early days of the Covid-19 Pandemic and after his brother’s suicide.

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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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