Perhaps my favourite position at OutKick is attending to take and reply questions from our readers.
Keep the questions coming. And as a result of so lots of you request to stay nameless, you’ll be able to ask me simply how unhealthy your co-host is and I’ll gladly inform you.
“How does the aftermath of the Maria Taylor saga play out, assuming she leaves ESPN?”
There’s a robust risk Maria Taylor finally ends up at NBC. But this is an individual who held onto a colleague’s personal telephone dialog for a yr, turned down a $5 million annual provide, and has employed and fired each expertise company to type. Until she’s out the door, it’s not formally over.
But to your query, the aftermath received’t be constructive both manner. Taylor burned down the partitions at ESPN. I assume that was her solely possibility when the community determined to not pay her $7 million greater than she’s price. (Yet ESPN stays so afraid of being known as ‘racist’ that they’d nonetheless deliver her again, if they might. If you already know of a bunch of fellows with fewer balls — please, don’t inform me about them.)
The almost certainly situation is that ESPN would really feel strain to exchange Taylor with a black feminine on NBA Countdown. The New York Times already has the headline written if ESPN plans to exchange her with a white girl or black man. And earlier than you say that they might change her with a white man, simply cease. Please. Ain’t no manner a white man will even get a have a look at that spot.
Promoting abilities based mostly on gender and pores and skin colour is what some name, properly, racist, however that’s nonetheless the plan at ESPN. If Taylor goes, ESPN’s decision-making will focus much more on race. If that’s even potential, which I hear it’s.
Taylor’s position on College GameDay shall be a bit simpler for ESPN to fill. The place is minuscule, nevertheless it nonetheless seems to be good in a Twitter bio and contract negotiations. ESPN has a number of names it might rapidly throw in Taylor’s place.
As for NBC, good luck.
NBC is prepared to clear actual property on Football Night and America and the Olympics for Taylor. Taylor little question has the expertise to succeed, however the second she indicators, NBC execs are on the clock.
$5 million a yr wasn’t sufficient for Taylor. Jumping the road over a number of veterans for NBA Countdown wasn’t sufficient for her. No matter how a lot NBC provides Taylor, she’s going to really feel slighted, and she’s going to use that perceived slight in future contract negotiations.
Prediction: if Taylor finally ends up at NBC, “sources inside NBC” will turn out to be a typical phrase. ESPN abilities may even see how simply Taylor acquired away with leaking info that she might then use to her benefit, and so they’ll strive it too.
Good luck to all events.
“Why doesn’t Fox News narrow its choices down to Jesse Watters and Will Cain?”
I assume you might be referring to the 7 pm hour on Fox News.
Jesse Watters and Will Cain are the 2 names the OutKick readers repeatedly inform me they need for the job. It’s unclear, nevertheless, if the decision-makers at Fox agree.
Either of them will surely do properly because the everlasting host, and each are on the high of my listing, as is Brian Kilmeade. In January, earlier than the community introduced any tryouts, I named Watters, Cain, and Pete Hegseth as the highest choices for Fox News Primetime.
Watters is fascinating and, viewership-wise, made a robust case two weeks in the past.
Between June 28 and July 2, he averaged 1.78 million as host of FNP (the present averaged 1.56 million total within the second quarter of 2021). Not solely did Watters draw larger common viewership than the opposite candidates, however with him as host, FNP topped its lead-in, Special Report, all 5 days within the coveted 25-54 demographic. To be taught extra about why that was, try my latest piece right here.
If Watters is the selection, the query then turns into The Five, the community’s third-most watched every day program. I’d undoubtedly not maintain him on The Five, which airs from 5 to six pm, in the event that they promote him to 7 pm.
As I argued, shifting Watters would even be a very good alternative for Fox News to construct one other star. Fox News might elevate Watters’ standing at 7 pm and construct a brand new star on The Five in his place. Will Cain and Pete Hegseth could be one of the best candidates to exchange Watters.
By the way in which, although I like predictions, I don’t fairly have one for this spot but. But I’ll attempt to make one quickly. Why not?
“Megyn Kelly to Sirius XM: good move or bad move?”
Great transfer. A transfer with excessive upside and little draw back.
Forget the platform, Kelly turned an unbiased mission right into a partnership with one of many greatest audio firms within the business.
While the media enterprise is now sophisticated, with partnerships and non-exclusive contracts behind the scenes, success is less complicated to foretell than ever.
If a bunch has a loyal viewers, she or he will succeed and make some huge cash. If a bunch doesn’t have a loyal viewers, then she or he must discover a gig on a community for a smaller wage. Thus, the media center class is about to search out its place outdoors of the market.
All of the media’s latest winners have taken an entrepreneurial route: Joe Rogan, Bill Simmons, Dave Portnoy, Pat McAfee, and Dan Le Batard. There’s a pattern. Like them, Kelly has an viewers. Kelly signing with Sirius XM is a win for each events.