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Emmanuel Acho Signs Book Deal With Oprah Winfrey

“According to the press release, two books will be published from Acho, starting with Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man and later Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Boy geared towards children.”

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Emmanuel Acho’s presence continues to grow after announcing a deal with Oprah Winfrey and Macmillan Publishers to bring his video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man to print. 

According to the press release, two books will be published from Acho, starting with Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man and later Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Boy geared towards children.

Not only has Acho become a rising sports media star since retiring from the NFL, but he’s recently taken on the role of social activist.

The former NFL linebacker and current FS1 analyst launched his video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man June 1, quickly amassing 20 million views as he addresses the questions white Americans are afraid to ask regarding racism.

As white people say, “how can I do better?” with the goal of becoming anti-racist, Acho’s video series has been an educational tool, utilizing communication as a way to bridge our countries racial gap. Now with the support of Oprah, Acho’s conversations will extend beyond social media, and be offered as a book.  

“Emmanuel Acho is creating a space to open the aperture for understanding by breaking down fears, frustrations, biases and prejudices week after week,” Oprah said in the press release. “I consider it a privilege to be able to help him keep doing the good work that he has been called to do. I can’t wait until this book is available to everyone who chooses to open their mind and heart to their own uncomfortable conversation.”

Acho said he views the book as having the ability to be passed down from generation to generation, building true change. 

“While I’ve been thrilled by the reaction to my video series, I never wanted this to just be a social media moment,” Acho added. “In order to effect true change, these uncomfortable conversations need to transcend the screen—which is why I’m putting them on the page, too. I firmly believe that if you want to go fast, you go alone. But if you want to go far, you go together. I’m honored to have a partner and supporter in Oprah Winfrey and Macmillan Publishers.”

The book will be out Nov. 10, but it’s already available for preorder at UncomfortableConvos.com. The children’s version, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy will be released next spring.

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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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