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ESPN+ Leans Hard Into Combat Sports This Weekend

“It may be early in the relationship, but UFC and ESPN seem to have found each other at just the right time to get a few wins under each company’s respective belts.”

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UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ was a huge success for the streaming platform when it debuted January 19. ESPN will hope to continue that wave with a heavy serving of combat sports this Saturday.

UFC Fight Night starts the night with prelims at 5 p.m. EST on ESPN from Fortaleza, Brazil, and a main card that features two main events as UFC legend Jose Aldo returns to take on Ronaldo Moicano while the closing fight pits Raphael Assuncao against Marlon Moraes in a matchup where the winner is expected to be in line for a shot at TJ Dillashaw’s UFC Bantamweight Championship.

Not only will ESPN feature the UFC Saturday night, the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” will also feature boxing on it’s streaming and network services beginning at 7 p.m. EST and continuing into the twilight hours of Sunday morning.

Featured boxing matches include Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) vs. Carmine Tommasone (19-0, 5 KOs), for Valdez’s WBO featherweight world title and Eleider Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs) vs. Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs), for Alvarez’s WBO light heavyweight world title.

It may be early in the relationship, but UFC and ESPN seem to have found each other at just the right time to get a few wins under each company’s respective belts. If Saturdays (or weekends in general) begin to stack up like this one, boxing could see some of the benefits as well.

ESPN is dubbing the boxing portion of the night Super Saturday across the three separate events, but in truth, the whole evening is “super” for combat sports fans. ESPN is giving those fans a chance to watch quality fights without breaking the bank with the possibility of an underwhelming finish.

Another win for ESPN+, another win for digital streaming.

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FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn Backs Rollbacks In Ownership Limits

 “Local broadcasting is vital to the lifeblood of every community.”

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FCC nominee Gigi Sohn had some interesting things to say in regards to media ownership limits, and some things she has in mind would have a huge effect on media as we know it.

Sohn said that a rollback of media ownership limits has gone too far, and that a course reversal is necessary for the state of local media.

“There’s almost no media ownership rules left, and I do think we need to consider whether some of those need to be restored,” Gigi Sohn said during the nearly three-hour Senate hearing.

The current quadrennial media ownership review offers an opening to policymakers that she said the FCC should take advantage of. “I wonder if there might be new ways to encourage minority media ownership through that quadrennial.”

Sohn says that her criticism of media consolidation comes from a place of love and passion towards local radio and news outlets.

 “Local broadcasting is vital to the lifeblood of every community. They alone among the communications platforms are dedicated to serving local communities with local emergency alerts, local news and so I think it’s critically important.”

Gigi Sohn backed a proposal in the pending “Build Back Better” legislation that would provide tax credits to local media outlets that hire local journalists to their companies.

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First Sportsbook Opens In Wisconsin

This new sportsbook may set off a domino affect within the state, as other tribal nations are expected to eventually request permission to follow suit.

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The state of Wisconsin now has tits first sportsbook operator. The Oneida Nation opened its sportsbook Tuesday inside the tribe’s main casino near Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an agreement in July clearing the way for the sportsbook, and now the Oneida Nation tribe is cashing in.

It is the first location within the state of Wisconsin that people can legally wager on college and professional sporting events. There is one major exception. Betting on Wisconsin-based college games is still not allowed.

This new sportsbook may set off a domino affect within the state, as other tribal nations are expected to eventually request permission to follow suit. The Potawatomi Nation, which has a hotel and casino in Milwaukee, was the first to go on record as saying it has an interest.

“The Potawatomi look forward to bringing sports betting to Milwaukee in the future,” the tribe said in a recent statement, though they did not cite a time frame.

The Ho-Chunk Nation, which operates casinos in multiple Wisconsin locations including Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Tomah and Nekoosa, said Tuesday it plans to offer sports betting at multiple gaming sites.

“We are going to do it. It’s just a matter of when,” spokesman Ken Luchterhand said. “It will be a very quick turn-around. We’re going to hit the ground running.”

Adam Thompson, a senior handicapper for the Bookies.com site and a former Green Bay Press-Gazette sports editor, said betting that’s technically illegal is hugely popular, so it’s a no-brainer to open a legal sportsbook in Wisconsin.

“We know people are going to bet,” he said, “so why not have them do it here?”

“Sports betting is nothing new in the state of Wisconsin,” Oneida Vice Chairman Brandon Stevens said Tuesday morning. “But legal sports gambling is.”

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Erika Nardini Gives Podcast Listeners Advice On Professional Reviews

“Have a good plan going in, and I think your boss will appreciate the level of thought that you have put into your role.”

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Earlier this month, Barstool CEO Erika Nardini offered up some career advice on Instagram, speaking from the experience of pursuing multiple different ventures throughout her lifetime.

Nardini has taken to social media again through her podcast, Token CEO. She has some advice for people looking to secure positive end-of-year reviews from their employer.

“We’ve kicked off our end-of-year reviews at Barstool. I think end-of-year reviews can be kind of anxiety-ridden, they can make you feel anxious. You are wondering what your bonus is going to look like,” said Nardini.

Erika Nardini had some valuable advice for those unsure of what to put in their end-of-year review.

“Don’t wait for November or December when the review starts to start thinking about what you are going to say in your review. Think about the year behind you. What’d you accomplish? What did you learn? What went well? Be self-critical, what didn’t go well?

“The biggest thing that I think you can do when you are going into your review is to really have your head around what is it that you want to convey to your manager and what do you want to hear in return? What is it that you want to accomplish out of the review?”

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy named Erika Nardini the company’s first CEO in 2016 while appointing himself chief of content. Since then, she has hired and reviewed several employees. Her advice is certainly valuable.

“Have a good plan going in, and I think your boss will appreciate the level of thought that you have put into your role, and you should expect and want the same thing in return.”

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