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“No Dunks” Podcast Signs New Deal With The Athletic

The crew originally signed on with The Athletic in 2019.

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No move is imminent for the No Dunks crew. According to Sports Business Journal, the team behind the daily podcast/videocast series is keeping their content housed at The Athletic.

Tas Melas, Phil “J.E. Skeets” Elder, Trey Kerby, Leigh Ellis, and producer Jason Doyle have agreed to a multi-year extension with the site to keep producing blog-style video content. The crew has been together since 2006 and has taken their content through a few different platforms.

We’ve been covering the NBA for over 15 years, and working for The Athletic has been the most fun we’ve ever had,” Elder told SBJ. “They’ve allowed us to spread our wings creatively, encouraging live watch parties on YouTube to interviewing ‘Survivor’ winners to writing about F1 racing. Honestly, they’re the best players’ coach a bunch of basketball sickos could ever ask for.”

Under the agreement terms, No Dunks is expanding its footprint at the site. The Athletic can now sell video of the show while the group will continue producing the daily, hour-long vodcast.

The group joined The Athletic in October 2019 after bouncing around different homes. They were originally called The Basketball Jones and then became The Starters during their six-year run with NBA TV. To their current name, which they adopted while transitioning from NBA TV to The Athletic.

No Dunks has become a staple of The Athletic’s podcast offerings, and they seem pleased with how the relationship has worked out so far. The ability for The Athletic to sell the show’s video component could be a wrinkle in getting them back on a terrestrial TV platform.

The original story named YouTube as a location for video content, but we’ll see what else the company’s brain trust cooks up. Fans of No Dunks can find new episodes wherever you get your podcasts.

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Twitter Seriously Looking At Sports Betting Options

“The company is learning that fans want to talk about sports on Twitter and not necessarily watch games there.”

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Twitter is experiencing growth in sports, and it’s sparked considerations on the sports betting front as well. According to Front Office Sports, tweets sent on the social media platform during NFL games are up 11% this year and unique college football tweeters are up 35%.

The company is learning that fans want to talk about sports on Twitter and not necessarily watch games there.

“We’ve learned significantly over the years of what is the best use case for live on Twitter for our users,” Twitter U.S. Sports Partnerships manager David Herman told FOS. “It’s not like ‘live’ doesn’t exist with our partnerships, it’s just not necessarily the full game like it was in many of those early executions. That’s from learning both what our users like and what advertisers are interested in.”

One example Herman brought up is Twitter’s airing of the first five minutes from FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff. The stream features a fan poll that picks which camera that broadcast is shown on.

Another large growth area for engagement has been sports betting. Twitter told FOS that sports-betting-related tweets are up 22% this season.

“Every single day, there’s more and more conversation and more and more happening in the sports betting world,” Herman said. “We think Twitter is a platform that plays well into gambling-related conversations. We’re live. We’re real-time. That’s what betting is. Betting and gambling have long been a core component of sports conversations on Twitter. Now things are legalized, more sports betting brands can be advertisers on Twitter than in the past, and as leagues are partners with official betting operators, it’s getting more visibility and exposure on a daily basis.”

Don’t be surprised if the social media platform experiments with its own sportsbook technology.

“We are consistently looking for new ways to enhance the user experience, and at some point, as it relates to betting, that could be great,” Herman said. “There are a lot of complicated components for us. There are only certain states where it’s legal so far, so we are still evaluating the space as a whole.”

Read the full story from FOS here.

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Scottie Pippen Writes That Michael Jordan Ruined Basketball

“I may go as far to say Mike ruined basketball.”

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Scottie Pippen has had a lot of ridiculous things to say about former teammate and NBA legend Michael Jordan, and it seems that he is not done yet.

Pippen recently released his memoir, Unguarded which challenges a lot of what Pippen believes was wrong in The Last Dance documentary, which Michael Jordan had editorial control over.

You have to buy the book though to read Scottie Pippen’s most shocking critique of Michael Jordan.

“I may go as far to say Mike ruined basketball,” Pippen writes. “In the 80s on the playgrounds, you’d have everyone moving the ball around — passing to help the team. That stopped in the 90s. Kids wanted to be ‘Like Mike.’ Well, Mike didn’t want to pass, didn’t want to rebound, or defend the best player. He wanted everything done for him.”

This sounds like the same type of people who say Stephen Curry ruined the game of basketball with how many three-point attempts he makes every game. On the contrary, both of them transformed the game of basketball into a game where guards are much more of a focal point than before.

And that is just on the court. Off of it, Jordan transcended the game of basketball and brought it into the spotlight. Without him, it is extremely possible that we wouldn’t view the game the same way in the national media as we do today.

Scottie Pippen also said that he was a far better teammate than Michael Jordan, which is just as hard to believe as his first statement considering Scottie wouldn’t take the court in the final seconds of a playoff game against the Knicks because the winning play was drawn up for Tony Kukoc and not him in the year Jordan retired.

Plenty of sports media commentators have said that Scottie seems very jealous in the passages of Unguarded that have been released.

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Barstool CEO Erika Nardini Offers Career Advice On Instagram

“Nardini has been the CEO at Barstool Sport for a little over five years after the company relocated from Boston to New York City.”

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini has a wide range of experience in the business world and offered some advice over that time to curious Token CEO podcast listeners on Instagram.

Nardini has been the CEO at Barstool Sport for a little over five years after the company relocated from Boston to New York City. Here are a few of the advice nuggets she handed out on the AMA.

“Never!!” Nardini said when asked how late is too late for career switching in the corporate world. “Do your thing; just have reasonable expectations about how hard it’s going to be & how long it will take. Also, have expectations for learning/growing and having fun. Change is good.”

Nardini graduated from Colby College in 1998 with a B.S. in sociology and philosophy and immediately jumped into a career at Fidelity Investments after interning at the company.

“Definitely!” Nardini’s said when asked if it’s ok to DM someone at a company after applying. “Only once tho or they’ll think you’re creepy.”

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy named Nardini the company’s first CEO in 2016 while appointing himself chief of content.

“Be experimental,” the Barstool Sports CEO said when asked about general tips for moving up in a career. “Be highly communicative, listen, make a plan, and execute.”

Nardini left Fidelity in 2001 and has since worked the majority of her time in the tech field before joining Barstool Sports. She has had stints with Microsoft, Yahoo!, and AOL.

“I struggle with this,” Nardini said when asked how to set and reach milestones. “It’s hard to create structure when you’re growing so fast. I’m trying to improve here. A small number of goals and clear metrics seems to work best; we’ll see…”

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