News: Lee Corso, Sunday Ticket and more


Lee Corso is expected to return to “College Gameday” on Saturday. Plus: An update on NFL Sunday Ticket negotiations, NASCAR media rights and more.

Corso returns to “College Gameday”

ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso is set to return to the network’s “College Gameday” pregame show on Saturday after missing three straight weeks — and five of the last seven — due to a health issue. Corso, 87, first fell ill before “Gameday” in Clemson on Oct. 1. ESPN released a photo Friday of him attending an on-site production meeting in Bozeman, Montana, where “Gameday” makes its very first appearance. (ESPNPR/Twitter 11.18)

NFL-Apple Sunday Ticket negotiations remain stalled

Negotiations between the NFL and Apple for the NFL Sunday Ticket rights remain stalled and it is uncertain whether the league will be able to reach an agreement at its owners’ meeting next month. Athleticism reported Friday. Apple is still believed to be the frontrunner for the out-of-market package, but the company’s desire for rights beyond those specifically listed in the contract has been a sticking point. CNBC was first to report the standoff last month. (Athletics 11.18)

NASCAR seeks 10-15% raise in next deal, report says

NASCAR is seeking a 10-15% increase in its upcoming media rights deal, which would take its annual royalty from $820 million to $900-950 million, Front Office Sports reported on Friday. Negotiations are expected to begin early next year, with current agreements with Fox Sports and NBC set to expire at the end of the 2024 season. (Front Office Sports 11.18)

More: Warner, Bellator-CBS, Apple-MLS layoffs

Warner Bros. Discovery laid off 70 employees from its sports division this week, cutting its workforce by 10%, according to Sports Business Journal. … The Bellator mixed martial arts series will air on CBS for the first time next year, getting a Saturday night slot the weekend before the Super Bowl, the Sports Business Journal reported Friday. … Apple’s Major League Soccer package will be called MLS Season Pass and will cost $15 per month or $99 per season, it was announced this week. All matches from the game’s opening weekend on February 25 and 26 will be available to watch for free. (SBJ 11.15 11.18; Apple 11.16)


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