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Shams Charania Details Career Journey With Stugotz

“Charania did mention that people used to ask him why wasn’t he doing things that a normal teenager would do, but he wanted to set his mind on accomplishing goals for himself in the industry.”

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In the sports media industry, forming connections and relationships is important for anyone trying to have a future in the business. That statement holds true for Shams Charania, who is the lead NBA writer and analyst for The Athletic and for Stadium. Charania has risen to one of the top basketball reporters at age 26. 

On the latest episode of the STUpodity podcast with Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk, the duo was joined by Charania to talk about how his career has grown to this day. Charania mentioned that he got into writing after his English teacher in high school said he should join the school newspaper.

That eventually led to him writing for RealGM.com and Chicago Now, but he would eventually move into reporting. He told the duo about how people never knew his age and it didn’t stop him from searching for contacts.

“It was relationships, a lot of cold calls, a lot of cold texts. The amount of emails and cold calls I was sending in high school to people I didn’t know or shouldn’t have known me, whatever contacts I could find online, Google, and word of mouth. It just goes to show to me how nice some of the people in the industry are as long as you show yourself to be genuine and professional. I doubt anyone at the time knew I was 17/18 years old, but that’s not the question people usually ask when you have a conversation with them.” 

Charania did mention that people used to ask him why wasn’t he doing things that a normal teenager would do, but he wanted to set his mind on accomplishing goals for himself in the industry. 

“I feel like I’m way older than I am. There was some feedback at the time as to why you are even doing this? Why aren’t you out partying or spending time with friends? That’s not what the perception is of someone who is 17/18. Once I figured out in my mind what I wanted to do, it was just setting accomplishments/goals for myself and trying to eclipse them.”

Back in January 2014, Charania broke his first trade when he reported Luol Deng had been traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He told the guys that breaking that trade came from 2 years of building up a relationship with that source.

“I would probably say my first one when Luol Deng got traded from the Bulls to the Cavaliers in January 2014. The person that gave me that, we had exchanged 500-600 emails in a span of 2 years. It goes to show the importance of relationships and staying connected because it is not just about when you need someone, but having that year long back-and-forth communication shows dividends. It was like a door had opened.”

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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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