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Snoop Dogg Texts Stephen A Smith That Lakers Are Doomed

The rapper is a diehard Lakers fan having grown up in Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles Lakers tailspin is taking a toll on Snoop Dogg. The rapper has been steadfast in his diehard support of the purple and gold, but the “First Take” crew had to discuss his latest declaration after Lebron James and L.A. fell into a 3-2 series deficit against the Phoenix Suns.

“Never thought I’d say it, but we sorry and the Clippers are better than us,” Snoop Dogg said on his Instagram. “Frank Vogel can’t coach… this is heartbreaking. AD hurt more than Mary J. Blige records.”

Snoop wasn’t done. Scheduling issues forced him to miss Wednesday’s appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” but he texted Stephen A. Smith his full thoughts on the Battle for L.A.

“Lakers too many non-shooters,” Snoop Dogg texted to Smith. “Soft ass guards in our rotation, can’t guard, can’t shoot, we doomed. Clippers may come out of the west, and I wouldn’t even be mad at this point if Kawhi [Leonard] and PG-13 [Paul George] faced Brooklyn for it all. Popcorn, get it ready.”

Smith and Kellerman framed the rest of the discussion around the idea that James’ title as the King of L.A. could be up for grabs if they get bounced in the first round and the Clippers become the fifth team ever to lose their first two games in a series at home then move on to the next round. The Lakers and Clippers aren’t even two weeks into their 2021 Playoff campaigns, and they’ve faced a full season’s worth of drama.

Snoop Dogg has come off his pedestal from back in January when he scoffed at the idea of the Clippers on Smith’s ESPN+ show, “Stephen A’s World.”

“Laker to a Clipper man I can’t be faded?” Snoop Dogg said in January. “We talking about the Clippers? The team that has zero banners… there’s something about that purple and gold man. They need to get a whole new stadium, a whole new stigma, cause they’re never going to win playing in our living room.”

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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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