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Rob Manfred Believes World Series is Still in Best TV Timeslot

“We have a great product that fans want to see. We’re going to put the games on when it makes sense to play the games and hope we get a good audience.”

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A postponement of Game 3 of the World Series on Monday now puts Philadelphia viewers in a difficult spot. And despite the Phillies and Eagles going head to head on Thursday in terms of audience, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t worried.

The schedule for the fall classic shifted everything by one day because of Monday’s rainout. So now Game 5 of the World Series will be on at the same time as the Eagles/Texans game on Amazon.

“That is a primetime audience. That’s the reality,” Manfred told reporters after announcing the postponement on Monday. “Obviously, we weren’t scheduled to do that, but given the rain, we felt it was the best window for us.”

Manfred said given the fact that it’s the World Series, he didn’t feel right about avoiding an overlap with Thursday Night Football by having Game 5 played Friday and then potentially playing Game 6 on Saturday night in Houston on FOX.

“If you think about the travel day, we finish (in Philadelphia) and best case, the players maybe get to bed at 3 in the morning (in Houston). To ask them to come back and play that night — we did it in the regular season, I know that. But to do it in a World Series just didn’t seem right to me,” he said. “I’d like to play the games under as close to the conditions as they thought they were going to get at the beginning as possible.”

In terms of a potential Game 7 going up against Sunday Night Football, Manfred reiterated that he’s more concerned about making sure any game where a champion can be crowned is going to be the best that it can be.

“We have a great product that fans want to see. We’re going to put the games on when it makes sense to play the games and hope we get a good audience,” he said. “For me, the risk of playing less than a complete game, just not worth it.”

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Netflix CEO: ‘We’re Not Anti-Sports, We’re Just Pro-Profit’

“He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.”

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Netflix will not join Apple and Amazon in the rush to gobble up live sports rights. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos addressed the streaming giant’s disinterest at the UBS Global Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday.

He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.

“We’re not anti-sports,” Sarandos said according to Deadline. “We’re just pro-profit. We have yet to figure out how to do it. But I’m very confident we can get twice as big as we are without sports.” 

Questions about the interest the company has in carrying live sports have come up several times in the past. Sarandon made similar comments last year when asked about it.

Reed Hastings, Sarandos’s co-CEO at Netflix, has a slightly different view. In 2021, he indicated that Netflix could be interested in F1 rights someday thanks to the success of its documentary series Drive to Survive, but that would be a special case. Any league interested in doing business with Netflix, he said, would have to allow Netflix to control all of its content.

Ted Sarandos echoed that sentiment in his most recent comments. He said that the company does not see a way to profit by “renting big-league sports.”

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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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