The college basketball world shook earlier this month when it was announced Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire after the 2021-2022 season, his 42nd in Durham. Information rarely leaks from the Blue Devils’ program, but when it does, it’s often by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, who broke the retirement story. The Boston native sat down with Awful Announcing to discuss what it was like breaking the news.
“It was a crazy morning, because I live in Boston and all the stuff that morning happened, Danny Ainge steps down from the Celtics, which wasn’t a surprise, but then Brad Stevens goes from coach to GM basically. I’m dealing with that in the morning, people are wanting me to come on locally and do some things, and then I get the tip that ‘Okay, later on this week, K’s going to announce that he’s going to retire in a year.’ And I’m like ‘Oh, man, all right, I’ve got to put the Celtics’ stuff to the side. That’s already done; weighing in on that doesn’t matter right now.'”
Kryzyzewski retired two months and a day after Duke’s fierce rival UNC’s head coach Roy Williams stepped down after 18 years in Chapel Hill. Williams — who retired effectively immediately — was replaced by his former player and assistant coach Hubert Davis. Duke took a play out of the Tar Heel playbook as it was announced Coach K’s former player and current assistant Jon Scheyer will take over the program after next season. Given the gravity of the news, Goodman made certain he had all his devils in a row.
“I got the first tip, and then I confirmed it, so I had two sources probably a half hour before I broke it. But I’m like ‘All right, it’s still K retiring.’ I know it, I’m 99.9 percent done, but I’m still like ‘It’s K retiring, you can’t ever be wrong on this one. Let me make sure.’ So I got a third source.”
Even with that certainty, Goodman says he still couldn’t believe the news himself. He knew that his name was going to be attached to the biggest college basketball story of the year.
“Literally, as I’ve got the tweet ready to go and as I’m ready to hit send, it was just one of those things that was surreal. With some things you don’t understand the magnitude, the impact; with this, it’s Coach K and retirement. Whatever else it is, it doesn’t matter. The words ‘Coach K’ and ‘retirement’ in a tweet, it’s going to blow up. So my finger is shaking as I’m hitting the send button, not because I was worried; I knew it was 100 percent. I just knew what it meant to the sport.”
Goodman also confirmed to Awful Announcing that both he and Brett McMurphy’s contracts are up in a couple of months.
Women Downloading Sports Betting Apps Faster Than Men
“Mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year.”
The sports betting space saw a surge of new participants come into the realm last year. The fastest growing population? Women.
According to data compiled by Global Wireless Solutions, a mobile insights consulting firm, new female participation in the online sports betting market is nearly doubling the pace of their male counterparts. In their findings, mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year. New male users were up too from 2020, coming in at a 63% increase in 2021.
These very large spikes start to make the $4.3 billion made in sports betting revenue in 2021 seem like just the beginning.
Some of the numbers can be explained by the sheer volume of new available legal bettors. In 2021, five states launched online sports betting (Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Virginia and Wyoming).
This year stands to see even more of an increase with several more states implementing online sports betting (New York came online in January) and adding to their already legal retail offerings or at least deep into negotiations attempting such a feat as soon as possible.
Global Wireless Solutions also found the most effective sportsbook to bring new female users into the fold was by far and away FanDuel. That company signed up 1.7 million new female users while DraftKings attracted an estimated 900,000 new female customers. Men, according to GWS, still outpace women by 250% as a consumer base.
Mike Francesa: Chris Russo Will Be On My Podcast
“When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”
WFAN legend Mike Francesa is settling into his new podcast opportunity with BetRivers, and has left the door open for a reunion with his longtime colleague and friend Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.
Francesa was responding to questions on his show, with the newest episode out Monday, when he said he would be able to book Russo for an appearance down the road.
“Listen, I’ve gone on Dog’s shows a couple of times. I could definitely get Dog as a guest one time,” Francesa said.
The last time the two shared a stage and microphone was back in March at the BSM Summit. Francesa said he will make sure whenever Russo does come on, it will be at a time that makes the most sense.
“We will do that at an opportune time,” he said. “Maybe right before the football season or maybe late in the baseball season. When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”
Whenever the reunion happens, best believe it will be a must-listen. It will mark the first time the two have been on a podcast together.
Andy King To Lead Buchwald Agency’s Podcast Division
“The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.”
Veteran sports programmer Andy King is entering the podcasting world. He has joined the Buchwald Agency. He will help clients develop and sell podcast ideas.
King comes from SiriusXM, where he had been since 2015. He was the director of sports programming and helped create podcasts for the company featuring high profile talent including Let’s Go with Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald and Digging Up the Past with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.
Prior to joining SiriusXM, Andy King spent 15 years in Miami. Before leaving, he had risen to program director at 560 WQAM.
The Buchwald Agency largely deals with clients from the entertainment world. The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.