In a lunchtime keynote session at the UBS Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish emphasized the synergistic initiatives starting to kick in after the merger’s close last week. Offering “a taste” of synergy plans, Bakish ticked off several examples. Among them: The Late Late Show on CBS with James Corden will re-air the following day on Viacom’s Comedy Central; wraparound programming on Viacom networks will accompany the CBS broadcast of the Grammy Awards in February; and Paramount Pictures has recently licensed titles to both CBS All Access and Showtime. “There are so many angles to this story,” Bakish said. Despite the potential upside for a company now worth about $25 billion, Bakish said the company’s stock price is “categorically undervalued.” At a bit less than $40 a share, it trades at about six times earnings, which is one of the lowest multiples of any company in the S&P 500. Related … [Read more...] about ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish Addresses Post-Merger Plans, Pay-TV Renewals, NFL Rights And More
Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Could you imagine a young Doug Flutie playing in today's NFL? He can ... and the ex-QB says he's convinced he woulda crushed it -- pointing to Lamar Jackson as proof! "I just wish I could play in the NFL today with these spread offenses, quarterback runs and all that," Flutie says ... "It would be a blast! It would be a little more suited to me." Flutie was a human highlight reel back in the day ... he won the Heisman Trophy in 1984 and then played pro football until 2005!!! He could run. He could throw. He even kicked a field goal!!! So, when Flutie sees another amazing athlete like Lamar Jackson KILLING IT as a QB ... he LOVES EVERY SECOND OF IT!!! "Lamar Jackson is unbelievable. I was a running QB. He's an elite tailback if he wants to! He's amazing! His shiftiness, his pure speed and then he has the ability to really throw the football too!" "The other way to stop a QB that runs is loading up the box and leave 'em one-on-one … [Read more...] about Doug Flutie Says He Woulda Killed In 2019 NFL, Lamar Jackson Is Proof!
Exclusive Details IMAGN 11:19 AM PT -- That didn't take long ... Tom Brady has already liked AB's apology post on Instagram. Oh, and sources close to AB tell us the apology is mostly geared toward things he's said and done on social media ... not the sexual assault allegations. Our source also says AB desperately wants to play football again and is willing to do whatever it takes to convince owners he's worth taking a chance on. Antonio Brown just issued a massive apology for his off-the-field behavior -- but there's one huge problem with his mea culpa ... it's unclear what he's specifically apologizing for. "First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended," Brown said on IG. "I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love." Here's where things get even murkier ... AB references "inexcusable" behavior -- but doesn't specify if he's … [Read more...] about Antonio Brown Begs For Another NFL Shot, Apologizes for ‘Inexcusable’ Behavior
Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Rapper Vic Mensa believes Jay-Z is still looking out for Colin Kaepernick -- and will make sure the QB gets HIRED when Hov becomes an NFL owner. "I would be surprised if Kaepernick doesn't get a job with Hov being in the NFL," Mensa told us on the way out of The Nice Guy in West Hollywood. "We know the NFL is a slave game, so to have a black man in there ... especially a black man with a socially conscious responsibility, cause i know that's how Hov feels, man ... I believe that Kap gonna get that job and I believe that Hov's intentions are in the right place." TMZ Sports broke the story ... Jay-Z will have a "significant ownership interest" in an NFL team -- a plan that will all come together in the "very near future." Some people have been attacking Jay -- claiming he's betraying Colin Kaepernick and sold out the black community to work with the NFL. In fact, Kap's good friend, Eric Reid, has been extremely critical of Jay -- … [Read more...] about Vic Mensa Says Jay-Z Will Hire Kaepernick When He Buys NFL Team
Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Jay-Z hasn't had a ton of famous faces come to his corner in the wake of his controversial NFL partnership -- but he just got a key vote of confidence ... from one DJ Khaled. We ran into Khaled Sunday in NYC, where he was signing autographs and posing with fans -- and when we asked if he was up for some questions ... he was quick to note that he only wanted to talk about positive things, seeing how his son, Asahd, and wife were there. Seems DJK knew were this was going, because our photog asks if he's down to talk football -- clearly, we want his take on the Colin Kaepernick beef. At first, Khaled says no, but he finally bites ... and we ask if he's talked to Jay's about which NFL team he might wanna own. Play video content NFL Khaled says he doesn't have a clue which squad might be in the stars for Jay, but he sings his praises here with us. Check it out ... it's pretty interesting. TMZ broke the story ... Jay-Z is set … [Read more...] about DJ Khaled Supports Jay-Z Amid Colin Kaepernick, NFL Backlash