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Skip Bayless Says Kevin Cash Pulled Blake Snell For Media Attention

“Aside from Cash’s knack for giving good interviews, Bayless says the media is also drawn to Cash because the Rays don’t have many superstars on their roster.”

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Sports pundits throughout the day on Wednesday took turns roasting Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash for pulling ace pitcher Blake Snell after just 73 pitches in Game 6 of the World Series which the Rays ultimately lost 3-1. Skip Bayless also criticized Cash for the move on FS1’s Undisputed, but he also took the unusual stance of, at least partially, blaming the media for playing a part in Cash’s decision.

Bayless frames his argument by comparing Snell’s performance before he was removed to Cardinals great Bob Gibson.

“It was very clear that Blake Snell was the best player on the field last night, from both teams,” Bayless said. “Bob Gibson was my favorite baseball player growing up. He pitched three games in three World Series. Eight of them were complete games. They rode their horse to the finish. The Dodgers had no chance against Blake Snell. They were making weak or no contact against him.”

Bayless then offers an explanation as to why Cash pulled Snell from the game. He loves media attention.

“Kevin Cash was not money last night,” Bayless said. “I immediately tweeted (after Cash took Snell out of the game) ‘bad idea’. Kevin Cash has become a media lightning rod throughout these playoffs. He does a great interview, but I think he got a little full of himself, thinking I’m the face of my team. They (the media) want to talk to me more than they do anybody else.”

Aside from Cash’s knack for giving good interviews, Bayless says the media is also drawn to Cash because the Rays don’t have many superstars on their roster.

“They have Blake Snell and they have Randy Arozarena, but he came out of nowhere. So by default the star of the team became Kevin Cash and he starts to think he is a genius because he understands analytics.

Bayless particularly took exception to the way Cash pulled Snell from the game saying the move deflated the Tampa Bay dugout.”

“Again Kevin Cash is full of himself,” he said. “Blake Snell gives up a one out single and Kevin Cash comes running out of the dugout with the cameras all on him gesturing for the bullpen to give him the right-hander. Then the camera cuts to Blake Snell who utters an expletive he knew (he was being taken out of the game). You can’t do that to the man. He could have gone all nine innings and the Dodgers maybe would have gotten one run off of him. Instead before I could reach for my keyboard, it was 2-1 Dodgers and you could just see the life go out of the Rays dugout.”

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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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Sunday Ticket Negotiations

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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