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Nick Wright Recalls Impact Tiger Woods Had On His Life

“Wright said that for a three-year period, Woods felt like one of the lone constants in his life.”

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Throughout the day on Tuesday, the whole sporting world, and the non-sporting world for that matter, were on edge after news broke that Tiger Woods had been in a car crash out in California. He had emergency surgery to try to repair significant injuries to his ankle and right leg. Woods’ foundation released an update on the situation Tuesday night.

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When this news broke, many thought back as to how Woods had impacted their life through watching him dominate professional golf. One of those people was Nick Wright, one of the hosts of First Things First on FS1Wright said Woods helped him bond with his grandfather when he was a kid.

“In 1996, I remember the room I was in in my house. My grandfather calls me from Florida. I am in my dad’s office and he says you have to turn on the television. There’s this kid who is going to be the greatest golfer ever. From that moment, it was like a drug and I was hooked.”

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Wright said that for a three-year period, Woods felt like one of the lone constants in his life.

“From 2006-2008, I think the only constant in my life was Tiger Woods. My parents got divorced, I had falling out and re-united with family members, I moved a couple of times and Tiger was it. In 2009, I signed up for Twitter and my first tweet ever was on Tiger’s car crash and then he was gone from my life for a long time.” 

As Wright eventually became a father, he got to sit down with his daughter to watch Woods win at Augusta and they were able to connect over that.

“My youngest daughter and I bonded over watching him at The Masters. Made her want to pester me about golf lessons. Asking when we can watch Tiger.” 

Later in the segment, Wright did mention it is not the time to talk about the GOAT argument when it comes to Tiger, but even if he doesn’t get to win another major, Tiger still that had last big golf moment. 

“I’m like oddly choked up about this. I know he didn’t pass, I know he’s going to be okay, but it feels like a sports loss. I am so glad he got that Masters moment because if he doesn’t get another major, that walk to 18 at 2019 that was unlike anything we had seen in golf. It was a singular moment in golf history. If that’s his last significant golf memory, it was his great one.” 

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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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