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Jay Williams Wonders ‘Where’s the Criticism For Amazon?’

“I don’t hear any of that talk around Jeff Bezos and Amazon. I don’t hear anybody talking about that. I hear everyone skewing their anger towards Kyrie.”

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Much has been made about Kyrie Irving’s decision to tweet out a link to an anti-Semitic film, and his insinuation that he’s read the book the film is centered around. ESPN’s Jay Williams wonders why there isn’t any criticism for the film existing on Amazon Prime Video in the first place.

Williams appeared on First Take to discuss Kyrie Irving dodging the media after a second consecutive game. He had criticism for the Nets guard, but wondered aloud why there was a lack of anger at the world’s largest retailer.

“I watched the entire film,” Williams said. “There’s a lot of things in the film I disagree with. The curiosity nature of it is interesting. Where is that same attention and energy for the platform that is promoting it and profiting off of it? I don’t hear any of that talk around Jeff Bezos and Amazon. I don’t hear anybody talking about that. I hear everyone skewing their anger towards Kyrie for taking a picture of it and tweeting about it. Now, there deserves to be more context there from Kyrie. I think where Kyrie lost a lot of people was his unwillingness to go to the podium and expound upon the points that he learned from watching this. And actually coming out and saying ‘I don’t stand about calling Jewish people the devil. There’s a lot of misinformation, but this is my main point from watching this.’ But I go back to the bigger macro point.”

“It is irresponsible,” Molly Qerim interrupted. “It is irresponsible to amplify messages from Hitler. Ever. On any platform,” she ended while Williams said he agreed.

“So why is it on a major platform? Why is a major platform amplifying it? Kyrie amplified it to 14.7 million people, but the platform is profiting and promoting it to billions of people,” Williams argued. So the anti-Semitism — it is a thing. I have called a lot of my Jewish friends. We have talked about this. I get it. Kyrie Irving deserves a lot of heat. Then put towards something that deserves it, too. And that’s on the platform. I feel like that whole thing is being missed here.”

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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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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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