I’ll take “new business venture” for 800.
Aaron Rodgers has been in the spotlight during his guest-hosting stint on Jeopardy! and he’s not going quietly into the offseason yet, announcing a new website investment. The New York Post reported that Rodgers and producer Ryan Rottman have raised $2.5 million to build “the IMDb of sports.”
The Online Sports Database launched on Tuesday and acts as a one-stop home for athlete information. Data will range from salaries and endorsements to their agent’s contact information for athletes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
“Being in the entertainment world for 16 years as an actor and a producer, I had to use IMDb as my calling card as an actor and then on the business side finding other talent for the producing side, I just couldn’t believe that nothing like that existed for the sports world,” Rottman said to The Post. “So you can just find out who represents them, but you could have a verified place on an athlete.”
Most of the information on the site will be free of charge, but the duo plans to build a $9.99 per month subscription service for more in-depth access to an athlete’s profile. Rottman also said licensing the data in the future is another possibility.
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Dan Le Batard: ‘I’m Not Arguing Politics of Brittney Griner Release’
“I can’t swim in these waters. I don’t know what it takes to get a prisoner released. I can just be happy that Brittney Griner is coming home and is no longer being used as that political tool wrongly detained.”
The biggest news in the sports and current events worlds on Thursday was the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner from a penal colony in Russia. Her freedom comes as the result of a prisoner exchange between Russia and the United States.
Several media pundits began debating the logic of the decision immediately after President Joe Biden announced at a press conference that Griner was coming home and in exchange, Viktor Bout, a terrorist nicknamed “The Merchant of Death,” would be returning to Russia. Dan Le Batard isn’t going to participate in those conversations.
“I’m not interested in arguing the politics of this, whether it was a fair trade or if Biden did the right thing soon enough,” said on his show Thursday.
He added that while members of the media are pointing fingers and making accusations about why Brittney Griner is coming home and a former servicemember is not, the family of former Marine Paul Whelan is happy to see Griner released. The family released a statement Thursday morning saying that while they are disappointed that Whelan remains detained in Russia, they “do not begrudge” Griner or her wife.
“The Whelan family, that has more invested there than any of us, is saying ‘we are happy any time a wrongfully detained person can get to freedom,’” Le Batard said.
He added that he is also disappointed that Whelan remains a prisoner in Russia, but there was no perfect scenario that would result in everyone’s release and the United States not having to give something up.
“Hostage crises are tough. Getting people home [is] tough. I can’t swim in these waters. I don’t know what it takes to get a prisoner released. I can just be happy that Brittney Griner is coming home and is no longer being used as that political tool wrongly detained.”
Audacy Adds ‘Gimme The Hot Sauce’ Podcast To Portfolio
“We have great guests and add a lot of humor to our analysis which is what makes it so much fun.”
Audacy has added Stacey King’s Gimme the Hot Sauce podcast to its expanding 2400Sports portfolio.
King won three championships with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, before becoming an analyst for the team. He also is known as the “hot sauce king of Chicago” and his podcast will share stories, humor, and his insight about sports and movies among other topics. Previous guests have included Dominique Wilkins, Jim McMahon and other sports stars, as well as comedians and actors.
“I’m pleased to announce a partnership with Audacy and 2400Sports to grow the show and bring many more listeners to our insightful and entertaining podcast,” said King. “We have great guests and add a lot of humor to our analysis which is what makes it so much fun. Audacy will be a great partner in reaching many more fans, especially as Chicago builds the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks and Sox into champions!”
Audacy-owned 670 The Score will help support the podcast with on-air promotions voiced by King.
“We’re delighted to add Stacey King’s wildly entertaining podcast to 2400Sports’ growing network of NBA content,” said Audacy’s 2400Sports Vice President and Executive Producer Lena Moss Glaser. “This show is a must-listen for Bulls fans and Chicagoans everywhere, and we’re looking forward to delivering it to our listeners each week.”
Pat McAfee: I Don’t Have 45 Minutes To Read ESPN’s Andrew Luck Story
“I am happy I have smart people that are going to do it.”
Details about the reasons former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck decided to retire in 2019 are laid out in an ESPN+ article by Seth Wickersham that went live online on Tuesday.
It will take you a little while to get through the full piece, which is broken into 16 sections, but Luck’s former teammate Pat McAfee knows he isn’t going to make it through the whole thing.
Talking to another one of his former Colts teammates, Darius Butler, on Wednesday, McAfee said he didn’t have the time or the attention span to sit down and read the piece in its entirety.
“It was like a 45-minute read or something like that. A lot of words,” McAfee said. “I mean there’s a lot of gymnastics that you had to do. Super smart people talking to each other in Seth Wickersham and Andrew Luck, very smart people.”
He asked Butler if he too had read it, and Darius admitted he hadn’t yet. McAfee said he hopes Butler will so he can get his reaction.
“I will be excited to pick your brain about what you took in, because for me, it took (show contributor Ty Schmidt) – that guy got into Harvard – took him 35 minutes to read it. And when I asked Ty is that what it’s all like, he’s like ‘It’s all convoluted and this is his writing style.'”
Pat added that the way in which the profile is written based on what Ty and others in the Pat McAfee Show office told him is that it’s designed for more experienced readers. McAfee said Wickersham’s style just isn’t suitable for his reading ability.
“I don’t think I’m a good enough reader for the guy,” McAfee said. “I am happy I have smart people that are going to do it.”
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