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Grant Wahl Joins CBS And Paramount+

“Wahl famously spent 25 years with Sports Illustrated, cementing himself as one of the top soccer journalists in the country.”

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Work-life after Sports Illustrated is going well for Grant Wahl. The soccer journalist recently struck a deal with Meadowlark Media to house his podcast and just joined the CBS Sports team as an analyst and editorial consultant.

The network announced the addition as part of their press release for the upcoming round of World Cup Qualifiers. The role entails post-match analysis of U.S. Men’s National Team games and a role as an editorial consultant for the Paramount+ original documentary series Stories from the Beautiful Game.

Wahl famously spent 25 years with Sports Illustrated, cementing himself as one of the top soccer journalists in the country. He also spent seven years with FOX Sports and hosts the Fútbol with Grant Wahl podcast for Meadowlark Media.

“Thrilled to announce that I have joined CBS Sports as a TV analyst and editorial consultant for original soccer documentaries. Vamos!” Wahl said on Twitter about the new gig.

Wahl has his original podcast at Meadowlark and hosts a new show with The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz contributor Chris Wittyngham, and one of the greatest American soccer players ever, Landon Donovan, for a show focused on the USMNT’s attempt to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

The saga should have plenty of drama and intrigue after the USMNT failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup for the first time since the 1986 tournament.

“We’re always searching for people who have a unique point of view and a commitment to quality content,” CEO John Skipper said about the new projects. “There are many ways to tell a story in sports, and we believe that the podcasts we’re announcing today showcase the breadth of the Meadowlark offering.”

With the Premier League in full swing, MLS Playoffs on the horizon, and WC qualifying heating back up, Wahl has plenty of content to discuss on his new platforms.

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FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling

“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”

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An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.

Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.

The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.

The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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