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Jimmy Johnson: Anytime I Say Anything About the Dallas Cowboys, It’s Gonna Be A Headline

“I’m not always right obviously, no one’s always right. But they’re gonna ask my opinion, and I’m gonna give it.”

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FOX NFL Sunday studio analyst Jimmy Johnson will forever be linked to his time as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He played an important role in the franchise’s rise to prominence in the 90s, and so the metroplex will always pay attention to the former Super Bowl champion coach’s words.

And Johnson recognizes that. Talking to Dan Patrick on Thursday while promoting his new book, “Swagger: Super Bowls, Brass Balls and Footballs“, Jimmy said it’s common for people in and around Dallas to pick up and run with what he thinks about “America’s Team.”

“Anytime I say anything about the Cowboys, positive or negative, that’s gonna be a headline in Dallas,” he said. “I’m not always right obviously, no one’s always right. But they’re gonna ask my opinion, and I’m gonna give it.”

The Cowboys seemed to surprise many in the first half of the 2022 season, working to a 6-2 record with backup quarterback Cooper Rush filling in for Dak Prescott. The bread and butter for Dallas has been the defense, but Johnson noted the team didn’t have its best performance last week against the Packers.

“I actually said a week ago this was the best Cowboys team that I had seen in a while,” he said. “Now they played poorly against Green Bay. They turned the ball over, they didn’t play good run defense, and that was a disappointment.”

Still, with a 6-3 record and a favorable schedule for the second half of the season, Johnson still feels like Dallas can position themselves well to make a run.

“But “I think this is a talented Cowboys team. And in the NFC, there’s four or five teams that any one of the five could be in the Super Bowl,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a great team in the NFC. Any one of the five could make 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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