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Kobe Bryant to Launch Kids’ Podcast

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While many NBA fans are fantasizing of a return to the court for Kobe Bryant, hoping to see #24 playing with #23 in Los Angeles, the five-time champion appears to have other aspirations.

Bryant has kept busy since retiring from the Lakers with his NBA analysis show on ESPN, Detail, along with other post-playing ventures which include fantasy novels and now a podcast for children, according to his interview with Sports Illustrated.

It recently became common practice for athletes to start their own production companies with LeBron James and Kevin Durant leading the charge, but Kobe wants to be sure anything that has his name on it also has his heart in it.  Bryant launched Kobe Studios more than two years ago and had no interest in letting someone else do the work while just using his name for the credits.

“I’ve gotten a lot of those offers,” Bryant told SI’s Lee Jenkins with a laugh, “to executive produce shows and documentaries. I say no to all of them. If I’m going to put my name on something, I’m going to invest the time and really work on it. That’s why we don’t do many things here. But the things we do, we turn over and over and over again.”

For Bryant, The Punies Podcast is no different.  The made for children podcast isn’t your typical retired athlete sports program, it requires seven actors, two keyboards and an Emmy-nominated writer.  According to the SI article, Kobe’s podcast stems from an idea Bryant had two-years ago while watching A Charlie Brown ThanksgivingThe Punies Podcast offers a cast of characters who share a commonality in their passion for sports.

An Academy Award winner for his short film Dear Basketball, Bryant is constantly utilizing his creativity,  Kobe sits in the room as the podcast is being recorded, knowing the script and offering advice such as, “You’re all kids at the park,” Bryant announces. “Your parents aren’t here. Have fun. Let it rip.”  This is not just sitting down to a record a quick podcast, Bryant’s team practices and shows up to work daily.

“Take the material home, study it, and you’ll fall more in line with your characters,” said Bryant, whose effort off the court sounds similar to the work ethic he exuded on the court.  “Work on your lines together, two hours a day. Practice.”

The Punies Podcast will be available for download beginning August 25th.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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PodcastOne Expands Sports Offerings, Adds Nick Swisher, Bobby Portis and Chris Howard to Lineup

PodcastOne is growing its lineup of sports show offerings by adding podcasts from a World Series champion, NBA champion and a former NFL running back.

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PodcastOne is growing its lineup of sports show offerings by adding podcasts from a World Series champion, NBA champion and a former NFL running back.

The company announced it has brought on Nick Swisher, Bobby Portis and Chris Howard to add to its already stacked slate of programming that includes shows from Robert Horry, Michael Irvin, Jay Cutler and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

“With the growing PodcastOne sports vertical, we are producing and developing exclusive sports content shows from some of the most recognizable names in the game, adding to our diverse roster of original programming that advertisers and listeners won’t get from other networks,” said PodcastOne president Kit Gray. “Our sports hosted shows offer something for everyone, from the parquet floors of the world of basketball to the spectacle of the wrestling ring.”

Swisher, who will host The Nick Swisher Show, expressed his excitement at the opportunity to tell stories and interview stars from the world of sports and culture.

“My curiosity for the world around me from baseball to books, from coaches to community and from inspirational stories of triumph to seemingly insurmountable moments of failure knows no bounds,” Swisher said. “I’m amped to be sharing stories with fans and listeners, and I’m so excited to partner with PodcastOne to bring my podcast to life.”

Current Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis will roll out a weekly show called Keep It A Buck where he’ll offer an inside look at the week that was in the NBA while interviewing current and former players.

Howard’s show, Plugged In with Chris Howard, will take a look at some of the biggest headlines in the NFL and get to the bottom of those stories. He’ll also interview athletes and other stars from the world of entertainment to give listeners plenty of behind-the-scenes scoops.

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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