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Kirk Minihane At Odds With Barstool, Says SiriusXM Show Is Done

“This isn’t the first time The Kirk Minihane Show has had an issue with Kmarko, but the latest incident led them to call for Barstool’s editor to be fired.”

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Kirk Minihane recently celebrated his one-year anniversary with Barstool and predictably, this isn’t the first time the former WEEI sports radio host is at odds with his current employer and it likely won’t be the last.

According to Minihane, he’ll continue doing his daily podcast with co-contributors Steve Robinson and Mike Geary, but wants no interaction with any Barstool personnel, including founder Dave Portnoy and CEO Erika Nardini.

Late last month, Minihane also began hosting the 11am hour on Barstool Radio every Wednesday, which he now says he’ll no longer do. At the time, Minihane categorized the new hour as “a pandemic pitch-in,” but the podcast and radio host has no desire to “pitch-in” anymore now that he’s angry with Barstool.

The dispute was caused by Barstool Editor-in-Chief Keith Markovich (Kmarko), who gave a platform to the mysterious internet troll Zonker. Zonker is not affiliated with Barstool, but has long been a thorn in the platform’s side because he owns the domain name Barstool.com. Kmarko posted a piece written by Zonker titled “When Rich White Boys Talk About Race.” The piece, which was quickly removed from Barstool’s website, painted Minihane as discriminatory.

This isn’t the first time The Kirk Minihane Show has had an issue with Kmarko, but the latest incident led them to call for Barstool’s editor to be fired. 

Zonker also reportedly contacted advertisers and Barstool’s parent company, Penn National with complaints about Minihane, an occurrence the radio host dealt with during his time at Entercom at the hands of Bob Murchison. The tipping point for Minihane was the below tweet, which accentuated his anger with Kmarko for handing Zonker the platform to berate one of Barstool’s employees. 

https://twitter.com/kirkmin2010/status/1273331509106053121

Minihane has battled depression and other mental health issues for years, with three public bouts since 2018. As recently as this past March, Minihane took a short leave of absence from his Barstool podcast to enter a treatment program. 

Minihane noted he’s scheduled to be on vacation from Barstool for the next two weeks, so we won’t immediately know if the podcast host will stand by his decision to drop the Wednesday show on the platform’s SiriusXM channel.

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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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