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Sam Savage Explains Vision & Plans For Outkick

“The goal for Outkick is to become what Savage calls “a platform for fearless communicators.” That is why he and Travis were so interested in bringing Jason Whitlock on board.”

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Sam Savage was the first guest on the Season 5 debut of The Barrett Sports Media Podcast. The investor behind the expansion of Clay Travis’s Outkick the Coverage brand talked to BSM President Jason Barrett about the brand’s expansion, his future goals, and being aligned with some of sports media’s highest profile personalities. Barrett introduced Savage by pointing out that when people think of Outkick, they think of Travis and recent sign-on Jason Whitlock.

“I think that’s a reasonable response, and that’s kind of what I have been going for my whole career,” the founder of Savage Media Partners and former 24/7 Sports CFO answered.

Savage said his investment in Outkick is about timing. He believes this is an ideal time to build so Outkick will be in a groove by the time the economy bounces back. He didn’t express any hesitation in investing in a media brand during a pandemic, adding that it’s the service economy that will really face a major overhaul in the aftermath of Covid-19.

The goal for Outkick moving forward is to become what Savage calls “a platform for fearless communicators.” It’s why he and Travis were so interested in bringing Jason Whitlock on board. He also claimed that expansion plans don’t stop with Whitlock, as Outkick plans to hire at least one more well-known talent before the year is thru. The company will also launch a podcast network and sees it being a bigger part of its future.

As for why Whitlock was interested in joining and giving up a prime spot on FOX Sports 1 to do so, Savage took a little credit which he says was earned from a conversation he had with Jason.

“He was getting offers and had a lot of people after him,” Savage says. “He told me this, so it will sound a little self-gratifying, but he said ‘Sam, I am really buying into you and your vision for what this business can be.’ I’m sure there were a lot of factors that came into play. I know him and Clay have a great relationship and I know he wanted a platform where he could say whatever he wanted to say and not be constrained by political factors or business constraints, and so this provided that for him.”

Savage also lent some insight on the future of advertising on the Outkick brand. He said the site will be very selective on who they partner with which will decrease the likelihood of clients being quick to pull their money out when strong opinions are offered on sensitive issues. He also calls the growth of sports betting the “icing on the cake” for advertising on the site.

Being connected to two most recognizable talents with major TV and radio profiles will help bring new eyeballs and ears to Outkick’s content, but Savage doesn’t think traditional media will be the biggest driver for growth.

“I think there is a misnomer in media that you’ve gotta have these huge, loud megaphones in order to drive audience, and don’t get me wrong. That helps. That’s a great distribution asset, but really, especially on the digital side, it boils down to the technology.”

The entire episode clocks in at just under 40 minutes and is very much worth your time. In addition to being able to find The Barrett Sports Media podcast on this site, you can also subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify.

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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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