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Ian Rapoport Launches Podcast Through Westwood One

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RapSheet and Friends, a new podcast hosted by Ian Rapoport launched as a joint venture by Westwood One and the NFL Network.  The first episode of RapSheet and Friends was released September 5th on the Westwood One Podcast Network.

“Sports is the crown jewel of Westwood One and we take pride in delivering our unbeatable sports programming across the entire audio landscape,” said Suzanne Grimes, executive VP, Marketing for Cumulus Media and president of Westwood One. “This original podcast is a perfect addition for football fans who want to hear the inside track.”

Episode one of RapSheet and Friends is uniquely titled, “Bill Belichick and the time Tom Brady almost fell off a cliff hitting a meaningless golf shot.”  Featured on the podcast’s first episode is an exclusive interview with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.  After being asked to tell a favorite Tom Brady story, Belichick told of the time his MVP and five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback was “hanging over the side of the cliff probably 200 -300 feet above the ocean trying to hit a golf ball.”

“But that’s Tom, he’s very, very competitive, very focused.  Plays kind of fearlessly, whether it’s on…in this case on the golf course…or on the football field.  But I was just thinking to myself, ‘This is a crazy sight that I’m looking at here.’

So he hit the ball and then his caddy kind of walked over there and gave him a hand and helped him back up this cliff that he was a few feet down on, or below.  So I certainly breathed a little bit easier when he came up for air on that one.”

The first episode also includes appearances by Ian’s NFL Network colleagues Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero in addition to Belichick.

“All I want to do is talk football with my buddies and provide listeners with the latest and most in-depth information possible,” Rapoport said when describing his show. “This podcast offers the perfect avenue to do that. Along with Mike and Tom, we’re going to have fun, I promise.”

RapSheet and Friends episodes will be released weekly, continuing to offer listeners in-depth analysis, unique stories and exclusive conversations with players, coaches and front office personnel.

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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Women Downloading Sports Betting Apps Faster Than Men

“Mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year.”

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The sports betting space saw a surge of new participants come into the realm last year. The fastest growing population? Women.

According to data compiled by Global Wireless Solutions, a mobile insights consulting firm, new female participation in the online sports betting market is nearly doubling the pace of their male counterparts. In their findings, mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year. New male users were up too from 2020, coming in at a 63% increase in 2021.

These very large spikes start to make the $4.3 billion made in sports betting revenue in 2021 seem like just the beginning.

Some of the numbers can be explained by the sheer volume of new available legal bettors. In 2021, five states launched online sports betting (Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Virginia and Wyoming).

This year stands to see even more of an increase with several more states implementing online sports betting (New York came online in January) and adding to their already legal retail offerings or at least deep into negotiations attempting such a feat as soon as possible.

Global Wireless Solutions also found the most effective sportsbook to bring new female users into the fold was by far and away FanDuel. That company signed up 1.7 million new female users while DraftKings attracted an estimated 900,000 new female customers. Men, according to GWS, still outpace women by 250% as a consumer base.

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Mike Francesa: Chris Russo Will Be On My Podcast

“When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”

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WFAN legend Mike Francesa is settling into his new podcast opportunity with BetRivers, and has left the door open for a reunion with his longtime colleague and friend Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

Francesa was responding to questions on his show, with the newest episode out Monday, when he said he would be able to book Russo for an appearance down the road.

“Listen, I’ve gone on Dog’s shows a couple of times. I could definitely get Dog as a guest one time,” Francesa said.

The last time the two shared a stage and microphone was back in March at the BSM Summit. Francesa said he will make sure whenever Russo does come on, it will be at a time that makes the most sense.

“We will do that at an opportune time,” he said. “Maybe right before the football season or maybe late in the baseball season. When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”

Whenever the reunion happens, best believe it will be a must-listen. It will mark the first time the two have been on a podcast together.

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Andy King To Lead Buchwald Agency’s Podcast Division

“The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.”

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Veteran sports programmer Andy King is entering the podcasting world. He has joined the Buchwald Agency. He will help clients develop and sell podcast ideas.

King comes from SiriusXM, where he had been since 2015. He was the director of sports programming and helped create podcasts for the company featuring high profile talent including Let’s Go with Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald and Digging Up the Past with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.

Prior to joining SiriusXM, Andy King spent 15 years in Miami. Before leaving, he had risen to program director at 560 WQAM.

The Buchwald Agency largely deals with clients from the entertainment world. The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.

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