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NFL Looking For Sports Betting Deals to Offset Pandemic Losses

With Mercedes-Benz’s current 10-year naming rights deal expiring in July, FOS notes that Saints owner Gayle Benson recently met with Caesar executives to finalize what could be a $10 million annual deal for 20 years.

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As sports betting continues to become legal in more states, the topic has become more widely talked about and networks are adding more betting-related content to their programming.

However, the NFL in particular has always shied away from the topic, not allowing its TV announcers to mention lines during broadcasts. Yet, according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, that’s likely to change after the league lost an estimated $3- $4 billion during the pandemic. 

The New Orleans Saints are close to making a deal with Caesar Entertainment to become the naming rights sponsor of the Superdome for the next two decades, as first reported by The Athletic.

With Mercedes-Benz’s current 10-year naming rights deal expiring in July, FOS notes that Saints owner Gayle Benson recently met with Caesar executives to finalize what could be a $10 million annual deal for 20 years.

“We do not have anything official to report as there is not a signed deal with any company at this time,” a Saints spokesman told The Athletic. “We continue to have conversations with numerous interested companies.”

McCarthy also notes that the NFL is also considering league-wide gambling sponsorships with Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel.

In an effort to bring in even more revenue outside of its $113 billion TV deal, which runs through the 2033 season, the league is looking to license data contracts, according to Front Office Sport’s Owen Poindexter.

Per CNBC, the NFL could seek up to $250 million per year in its next data distribution contract due to sports bettors driving up data rights.

The NFL is currently in partnership with Sportradar – a company that processes game and player data provided by the league before selling it to sportsbooks and other companies – and is in talks to renew its current deal, according to Poindexter.

With the NFL being the most popular league to bet on, sportsbooks are working to partner with NFL teams. So far, FanDuel, PointsBet, DraftKings, UniBet, Bet MGM, and Fox Bet all signed deals with teams between June and September 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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