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McCarthy: DAZN Paying Attention To Le Batard

“The difference between Hill and Le Betard is Hill spoke out on social media, not ESPN broadcasting. However, Hill wasn’t the host of two incredibly successful shows (not named SportsCenter) and a podcast network.”

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Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports speculates that DAZN could be a landing spot for Dan Le Betard should ESPN let him go for his Thursday political rant.

Le Betard is friendly with DAZN executives John Skipper and Jamie Horowitz according to the article. It wouldn’t be at all surprising for DAZN to target Le Betard considering how outspoken the streaming service has been about getting important rights deals and well respected personalities. 

Though DAZN hasn’t made a comment on the matter, the connection does make a lot of sense for both parties. Le Betard broke down crying on air after Skipper left ESPN in 2017 and, as his rant insinuated, he doesn’t feel that same passion for his current bosses.

ESPN has employed a strict no-politics rule since Jimmy Pitaro took over as ESPN president. Jamele Hill was let go from ESPN in 2018 for a similar rant against President Donald Trump, calling him a “white supremicist” and also for telling Cowboys fans to boycott the team after Jerry Jones said he’d bench players who knelt in protest for the National Anthem. Those comments were in 2017 when Skipper was still with ESPN. Skipper suspended Hill, whereas Pitaro was the one who bought out her contract.

The difference between Hill and Le Betard is Hill spoke out on social media, not ESPN broadcasting. However, Hill wasn’t the host of two incredibly successful shows (not named SportsCenter) and a podcast network. That said, it would be incredibly bold for ESPN to cut Le Betard loose. Though, ESPN would have no doubt created internal problems by not punishing him in some manner considering the rule set in place and how swiftly Hill was dealt her walking papers under Pitaro.

The first hour of Friday’s Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz featured no Le Batard. While the on air staff joked that it was because he was “eating a big breakfast,” it isn’t hard to jump to the conclusion that the eponymous host’s absence had something to do with his comments on Thursday’s show.

Le Betard signed a multi-year extension last year, and so a buy out would be quite expensive for ESPN. Neither he nor the company have commented on the rant, though ESPN has stood firm on the rule. “We are making it very clear to everyone internally, including Dan, that our policy hasn’t changed,” an ESPN source told Front Office Sports.

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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