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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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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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Dave Portnoy Tells Business Insider CEO He Is ‘Piece Of S*** Coward’

“Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted.”

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Dave Portnoy is not going to move on from his hate of Business Insider. The Barstool founder joined a Twitter Spaces session on Thursday night where the public had a chance to talk to Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget.

The event was hosted by the New York Times. Blodget was part of a panel discussing issues facing the business community.

“So yeah, I saw that piece of shit Henry Blodget’s on there,” Portnoy said when his mic went live. “My first question’s why would a piece of shit who’s been banned by the SEC from talking about stocks be on there. My second question is hey Henry, you f***ing coward, you know everything you wrote about me was bullshit. Why don’t you ever sit down with me you f***ing piece of shit coward. That’s my question.”

Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted. No answer came. The moderator apologized to Blodget and ended the event.

The accusations of Blodget being banned by the SEC from discussing financial advice are true. Portnoy was referncing fraud charges that Blodget settled in 2003 when he was a Wall Street analyst.

Business Insider has ran a salacious piece about Portnoy’s sex life in November. It included accusations of misconduct from three women that claimed consensual sexual encounters with Portnoy took a dark turn without their consent.

Dave Portnoy has maintained the story is not true. He has also threatened to sue Blodget, Business Insider and the story’s author Julia Black.

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Mile High Sports Acquires Colorado Preps

“Mile High Sports adds Colorado Preps to a portfolio that includes a radio brand broadcasting on 98.1 FM and 107.5 FM HD-3 in Denver, a magazine, and MileHighSports.com.”

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Mile High Sports has acquired the Colorado Preps brand, including ColoradoPreps.com and the company’s radio and podcast networks. The deal is effective immediately.

“I am proud of what we’ve accomplished through 19 years of the Colorado Preps Network and very excited about the future with Mile High Sports,” said Kevin Shaffer, owner and founder of Colorado Preps. “The MHS crew is poised to bring additional and expanded coverage to high school sports across the state and we’re honored to stay involved with the network and help its growth.”

He will remain on the staff and continue hosting and producing radio and digital shows.

“With the elimination of the Rocky Mountain News, and shrinking budgets across most news outlets, local high school sports coverage has often and unfortunately become the casualty,” said Mile High Sports Editor-in-Chief Doug Ottewill. “But there will always be kids playing sports and parents wanting to read about those kids playing sports. I think ColoradoPreps.com fills a need and a niche that will never go away, no matter what’s happening on the bigger sports landscape in Colorado.”

Mile High Sports adds Colorado Preps to a portfolio that includes a radio brand broadcasting on 98.1 FM and 107.5 FM HD-3 in Denver, a magazine, and MileHighSports.com.

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