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Stephen A. Smith Calls Brett Favre ‘Smeared By Media’ Claim ‘Cowardly’

“But then when you speak, it’s that you’ve gotten smeared. Really? Man, nobody’s trying to hear that.”

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Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre broke his silence this week as he continues to be investigated for his involvement in a scheme that saw $77 million in welfare funds in Mississippi misallocated, and ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith didn’t believe what Favre had to say. The Green Bay Packers legend sent a statement to FOX News Digital that claimed he has been unfairly attacked by many in the media who are covering the story.

“I have been unjustly smeared in the media,” Favre’s statement read. “I have done nothing wrong, and it is past time to set the record straight.”

But over on First Take on ESPN, Smith wasn’t buying what Favre is putting out there.

“We haven’t seen you anywhere! But then when you speak, it’s that you’ve gotten smeared. Really? Man, nobody’s trying to hear that,” Smith said. “To say that, ‘oh it’s the media smearing you,’ it’s just cowardly, man. It’s just cowardly.”

Stephen A. added that it was ridiculous that Favre chose to attack the media rather than using his platform to clear his name or proclaim innoncence.

“Did you take money from welfare recipients or not?” he asked. “And if you didn’t do it, how the hell is your name attached to such a scam?”

“You got your own show you didn’t even have to put yourself in front of a firing squad, figuratively speaking, where they’re probing you with these inquisitions about what you were doing, how you were doing it, who were you involved with, what money did you really take, why did you really take the money, what was the reason for this text? No!” Stephen A. added. “Nobody would’ve done that.”

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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ESPN Paying Nearly $45 Billion For Rights Fees Through 2027

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually

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The last year or two has been evident that the price of rights to airing major college and professional sporting events on television are only going up. But the various networks either with longstanding relationships with leagues and conferences or looking to break into the media rights landscape are willing to pay up. That’s no more evident with Disney, which will be shelling out tens of billions of dollars to have regular season and postseason events air on ESPN.

According to Sportico, which reviewed Disney’s annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ESPN is set to spend $44.9 billion on sports media rights through 2027.

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually. Additionally, ESPN will pay $1.4 billion through the 2024-25 season for NBA rights.

The Sportico report noted ESPN will generate more than $8.1 billion in affiliate revenue to help offset those costs. The network will soon be entering talks to renew its media rights deal to be the exclusive home for nearly all NCAA Division I championships, as well as engaging in new NBA rights negotiations.

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Return of Bob Iger Puts Pac-12 ‘Not Exactly In A Great Place’

“I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12.”

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The Pac-12 is currently in a media rights negotiation with partners for its next TV deal after the departure of USC and UCLA. The conference has remained committed to the stance that it feels it can match the dollar amount given to the Big 12 from FOX and ESPN. However, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post isn’t so confident.

During The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, Marchand said the recent return of Bob Iger as Disney CEO, coupled with recent layoffs from Amazon, could spell bad news for the PAC 12’s quest to match what the Big 12 received.

“Do I still think they can get the same number as the Big 12? I do, but you start thinking about where this is going and that’s not exactly a great place to be if you’re the Pac-12. They might get the number, but the idea that they’ll get a lot more than the Big 12 — which I’ve already said is not gonna happen — I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12…I think there’s some rough waters out in the Pacific.”

Marchand said if the University of California Board of Regents won’t allow UCLA to join the Big Ten as expected, the conference would then set its sights on Washington and Oregon, which would continue to decimate the Pac-12.

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