The man best known to #NBATwitter as World Wide Wob has a new home. Rob Perez will now be creating content for FanDuel according to Ben Strauss of The Washington Post.
Perez has been producing a nightly show on Periscope called Late Night With Wob. That will now be a part of FanDuel. The show will likely get a more professional and more polished look with the resources of FanDuel and SportsGrid at Perez’s disposal.
According to Struass, the opportunity to work with FanDuel and SportsGrid gives Perez the opportunity to grow Late Night With Wob into the show he first envisioned.
‘I have always had this vision of a late-night NBA show,’ he said. ‘Like [David] Letterman or [Jimmy] Fallon with a monologue and prerecorded skits. I do it on Periscope now, but it’s janky. I want to revolutionize the way it’s consumed, integrating comments from viewers with the production value of linear TV‘.Ben Strauss, The Washington Post
FanDuel will also turn over a lot of its social media presence around the NBA to Perez. He will make videos and author posts for the brand. His more than half-a-million Twitter followers are proof that Perez is a valuable asset in that space.
Rob Perez joins FanDuel and SportsGrid after spending the last two years with The Action Network.
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.”
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.
Dan Dakich Joins Outkick, Rips ESPN, Matt Jones
“When asked why he was drawn to Outkick, Dakich answered that he was interested in expanding his conversations.”
Outkick is expanding its digital audio offerings. Dan Dakich was a guest on Monday’s edition of Outkick 360, and he announced that people will soon be able to hear him more on the network. His new show, Sack Up with Dan Dakich will start next month and air from 9-11 am Eastern on weekdays.
In a nod to the BSM Top 20, Jonathan Hutton introduced Dakich by saying “Number one and number two are together again. Pleased to announce that Dan Dakich joins the Outkick network starting next month.”
When asked why he was drawn to Outkick, Dakich answered that he was interested in expanding his conversations.
“I don’t mind talking politics. I don’t mind talking about things that maybe ESPN didn’t necessarily want me talking about. I’m not gonna do games at ESPN, and that was as much my choice as their choice. I was there for ten years, I got paid for all of my games. I got to pay for seven people’s college education off of it. I got to pay for people’s chemo treatments. I got to do a ton of stuff because of the money and that’s fine, but there’s a whole world out there that I want to have influence in.”
That was not the only time ESPN was mentioned during the appearance. He described his love for radio and audience feedback as similar to his love for coaching. Success is determined by results. He said that wasn’t always the case when calling college basketball games at ESPN and that was frustrating.
“I had everyone of my bosses at ESPN tell me ‘you are the best guy we have at ESPN, period.’ And I am like ‘Okay, then why am I not doing North Carolina/Duke’ or ‘Why am I getting bumped by Vitale and Bilas to do the Indiana/Purdue game? It’s a big game.’ It’s not a meritocracy and I like meritocracy.”
As for his exit, Dakich seems very much at peace with not being part of World Wide Leader anymore. He joked that the network hiring Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio was the last straw for him.
“Once ESPN hired him, I was good with not being there. I’ll tell you that right now. Once I saw that dumb ass got hired, I was cool.”
Dan Dakich did not address the future of his show on The Fan in Indianapolis. The new Outkick show will end an hour before his local show starts. It is reasonable to assume he would do both.
He promised that even when he veered into political or social discussions, “it’s gonna be all sports based. It’s gonna be a ton of gambling.”
BSM readers may remember that Tyler McComas profiled Dakich and his attempt to work off the money he lost betting on the NCAA Tournament by delivering food for DoorDash. Dakich told Outkick 360 that he only has one more week of driving before he is at his stopping point. He also revealed that it was losing $4000 on the first round of the tournament that started that journey.
David Letterman Questions Kevin Durant At Nets Media Days
“Letterman is an Indianapolis, IN, native, leaving plenty of questions surrounding his involvement in Nets Media Day.”
NBA Media Days are happening throughout the country, and the Brooklyn Nets had a famous visitor come and crash the party. David Letterman made himself right at home in press row, asking Kevin Durant some obvious and not so obvious questions.
The Nets star player didn’t give any tells as to whether he recognized Letterman or not, but he did answer the questions. Letterman hit him with a hard-hitter off the top, asking the forward why people call him “KD.”
“My first name is Kevin, with a K, and my last name is Durant, with a D,” Durant responded with an emotionless face. Letterman took a shot at a typical press conference question, asking Durant what percent effort he is giving in 2021.
“One hundred and 10,” Durant quipped back. David Letterman then asked the forward if he could play for the New York Knicks on his off days.
“Kevin, I just got off the phone with the Dolan Family,” Letterman began. “They said they are talking to the commissioner now, they’re looking at working a contractual deal that will allow you to, when you’re not playing for the Nets… you’ll be able to play for the Knicks. Comments?”
“Alright Dave,” Durant answered. “That was the last one.”
Durant almost made it through the ordeal without cracking a smile, but then the Pelicans came up.
“What about the Pelicans?” David Letterman asked. “When you guys play the Pelicans, does it kind of make you giggle?”
Durant chuckled as he responded, “yeah.”
Letterman announced himself as “Dave from Basketball Digest.” The publication actually existed from 1977-2005 but hasn’t been published in almost two decades.
The entertainer retired from The Late Show with David Letterman in 2015. He has since been hosting My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on Netflix.
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