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Cy Young Winner Blake Snell Won’t Take Pay Cut

“Snell later clarified his comments in the Tampa Bay Times, saying he knows people will view the comments as him being greedy, but “that’s not the case at all” and his concerns are rooted more in the health and safety issues.”

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Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell took to the popular streaming platform Twitch late Wednesday night emphatically declaring that playing baseball in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic would be risking his life. He is the second player to make a similar statement in recent days along with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer.

“I’m mentally prepared to just come back next year,” Snell said in the two minute video clip. “Y’all gotta understand man, for me to go, for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof.”

The 2018 American League Cy Young winner adds that he knows people will disagree with him and that he should just play for the love of the game, but says the risk is too great without adequate compensation.

“If I play I should get the money I signed to be paid, (7 million dollars in 2020),” Snell said. “Not half of it because we play half a season, plus another 33 percent cut and that is going to be taxed. Imagine how much I’m getting paid to play then. I ain’t making shit. The risk is way the hell higher and the pay is way lower. Why would I think about that (playing)?”

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One of the biggest detractors of Snell’s statements was Fox Sports Radio’s Ben Maller. The host of The Ben Maller Show called Snell “The King of all douchebags” on Twitter Thursday morning before addressing the issue on his show.

“The whole thing was cringe-worthy and a masterpiece at the same time,” Maller said. “It was riveting for all the wrong reasons.”

Maller went on to compare Snell’s comments to those made by NBA star Patrick Ewing during a labor dispute where Ewing said, “Athletes make a lot of money because they spend a lot of money.”

“It’s like Blake went to Patrick and said ‘Here, hold my beer.'” Maller said. “This guy is a super hero dum-dum.”

Other pundits were also critical of Snell’s statement. but were gentler in that criticism. In his latest For the Win column, USA Today’s Nick Schwartz calls Snell’s math questionable and points out that Snell is still set to make a lot of money if he plays in 2020.

“Snell is in the second year of a back-loaded five-year, $50 million contract with the Rays,” Schwartz writes. “He was set to earn $7 million in 2020. By his (questionable) formula, that would be reduced to approximately $1.75 million, but he does have the benefit of playing in a state with no state income tax.”

Snell later clarified his comments in the Tampa Bay Times, saying he knows people will view the comments as him being greedy, but “that’s not the case at all” and his concerns are rooted more in the health and safety issues. 

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Sage Steele: ESPN Vaccine Mandate ‘Sick And Scary’

“The network mandated that all on-site employees must get vaccinated by Sept. 30.”

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ESPN SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele is appearing on Uncut with Jay Cutler on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and discussed her thoughts on the ESPN COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The network mandated that all on-site employees must get vaccinated by Sept. 30. Steele discussed that issue and more topics surrounding her career with Cutler.

“I respect everyone’s decision; I really do,” Steele said on the podcast. “To mandate it is sick and scary to me in many ways, but I have a job. A job that I love, and frankly, a job that I need, but again I love it. I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with a global company like that. It was actually emotional.”

Steele has been a mainstay on ESPN’s noon SportsCenter broadcast and has helped anchor the show when they take the program on the road.

Steele shared a similar reticence with ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams, who refused to get the shot while she and her family try to have another child.

The SportsCenter anchor can sympathize with Williams and her commitment to having a family. Steele told Cutler she passed on her first ESPN opportunity in 2004 because she wanted to have more kids.

“I was scared at the time, but I had two kids, and I wanted a third,” Steele said to Cutler. “I was pregnant with my second kid, like really out here pregnant. So they brought me up here for an interview, and you know you do the whole, let’s do a little audition and roll highlights, oh wait, the tape stopped. You know, wink, wink, sorry we’re going to test you and see how you handle it, and I think if I hadn’t been like 10 months pregnant, I probably would’ve freaked out.”

Steele nailed the audition and got the offer, but it wasn’t quite what she was looking for. In the end, things all worked out with her and ESPN.

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David Letterman’s Questions For KD Set Up To Promote Netflix Show

Kevin Durant is reportedly going to be a guest on David Letterman’s Netflix show that is coming out soon.

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Yesterday the Brooklyn Nets had their Media Day, and David Letterman came to crash the party, asking KD some comedic questions.

He started by asking Durant why people call him ”KD”. Then he followed by asking what percent effort he would give next season. Lastly, asking if he could play for both the Knicks during his off days while also playing for the Nets.

Many were unsure why David Letterman was doing this, though some had the feeling that it was a gag and the two were planning on some sort of partnership in the future.

It was also in question for many, as KD didn’t seem to be responding in a comedic matter or laughing at all. Durant does have a history of issues with some media members in the past including Jay Williams and Brandon Tierney.

However it does seem that this was a promotional thing, as Kevin Durant is reportedly going to be a guest on David Letterman’s Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The fourth season of the show does not have a release date yet, but Ryan Ruocco reports that when it does drop, fans can watch the Late Night legend chat with KD.

We will see if that little interview has any part in the new show or if it was just to promote the their partnership, but it certainly made for a memorable Brooklyn Nets Media day.

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MaximBet Offers NIL Deal To All Female Colorado College Athletes

“The terms of the deal last for four months, a cash payment, plus, an invite to MaximBet Max-querade Party in Denver on Saturday, Oct. 30, and merchandise.”

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MaximBet is trying to make a big splash as they launch their mobile sportsbook in Colorado this week. The company is offering all female student-athletes at Division I, II, and III Colorado colleges and universities an NIL deal. They are compensating them with cash, invitations to parties, merchandise, and more.

The commitment is a first in the iGaming industry; no company has proposed an offer exclusively to women sports participants at all divisions. The terms of the deal last for four months, a cash payment, plus, an invite to the MaximBet Max-querade Party in Denver on Saturday, Oct. 30. 

“We are part of the Colorado community, and we want our users to know that we support the team and athletes in their backyards,” said Doug Terfehr, VP of Brand and Communications, MaximBet. “We hope as many qualified young women who love playing for their college or university take advantage of this offer and recognize that we support them in everything they do.”

To receive the party invite and get the cash payment, the athletes must follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter, and send a DM with interest on whatever social media platform she prefers. The process is that simple for any DI, DII, or DIII athlete to start capitalizing off of their likeness.

Members of the NIL team must also highlight the MaximBet brand in posts on their personal social media channels. The two female athletes that receive the highest engagement from their social media posts earn an additional four-figure bonus added to their cash payment.

The process is part of a long rollout plan from MaximBet, which is now live or planning to go live in six states: Colorado, Indiana, New Jersey, Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The brand is operated by the Carousel Group which entered into a licensing deal with Maxim to use the brand’s likeness for their sportsbook. 

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