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Shannon Sharpe Calls Julio Jones For Trade Update Live On FS1

Sharpe called Jones live on the show Monday morning to hear from the source.

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The crew at “Undisputed” gives reactions to sports news, but it’s not often they create news live on their show.

The FS1 competitor to ESPN’s “First Take” made waves on Monday when co-hosts Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless debated potential trade candidates for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. Sharpe has a relationship with Jones and decided to go right to the source and see if he wanted to play in Dallas.

“Man, Look, you wanna go to the Cowboys Julio, or you wanna stay in Atlanta?” Sharpe asked Jones over speakerphone on the show.

“Oh man, Nah, I’m outta there man,” Jones answered candidly.

Sharpe asked him where he’d like to play if not in Atlanta, and Jones responded, “I want to win.” The former NFL player turned commentator joked with Jones that he won’t win in Dallas, a barb towards Bayless’s favorite NFL team.

“You already know I know,” Jones said in response to being wary about Dallas. Jones was tied to Dallas over the weekend after a fan spotted him in Dallas wearing a Cowboys sweatshirt.

There has already been some blowback to the segment. Many have questioned whether or not Jones even knew he was on TV or that his responses were being made public. Laurence Holmes of 670 the Score in Chicago even suggested that Julio Jones may have grounds to file a lawsuit against FS1 and Sharpe.

It’s a new era for the Falcons, who fired Dan Quinn this past season after failing to reach the successes of their 2016 Super Bowl berth. The team hired Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to inject new life into the franchise and light a fire under Matt Ryan’s final years in the league.

Unfortunately for Falcons faithful, Jones might have been living out his final few years in an “ATL” uniform unbeknownst to them. The pandemic financial hit has come for the franchise. Years of kicking the can down the road have left them at the bottom of the league in cap space. According to Over The Cap, Atlanta has just $410,351 in cap space to use this season, 30th in the league ahead of Chicago and New Orleans.

A player of Julio Jones’s caliber rarely pops up in trade rumors, but financial constraints are why the Undisputed crew gave him a ring on Monday morning.

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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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