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ESPN+ Adds Two New MMA Signature Shows

“The Chael Sonnen Show w/Jorge Sedano” is available on-demand anytime on ESPN+, while “DC & RC” can be seen on ESPN+ and on ESPN’s YouTube channel. It can also be heard wherever you download your podcasts.

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As if fans aren’t excited enough to watch Saturday’s UFC: McGregor vs. Poirier 3 mega-event, ESPN is getting them ready for it by launching two new signature programs.

According to ESPN Pressroom, “the new shows will showcase the most knowledgeable, provocative, and differentiated voices in the sport.” ESPN also hopes the shows will build upon the network’s MMA leadership position it has established through coverage of the sport over the past two and a half years.  

“The Chael Sonnen Show w/Jorge Sedano” focuses on the unique takes of former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen who will be alongside Jorge Sedano, one of ESPN’s most versatile TV and radio commentators, per ESPN. The show will touch on the most interesting stories in the world of MMA–past, present and future.

“The Chael Sonnen Show w/Jorge Sedano” debuted Monday, July 5, and will stream twice a week. 

“DC & RC” debuts live from Las Vegas this Thursday, July 8, and will feature former UFC two-division champion, Daniel Cormier and former Super Bowl champion, Ryan Clark. Both Louisiana natives, the two hang out together and talk about their shared love of MMA and the rest of the sports world, as noted in the release.

“The Chael Sonnen Show w/Jorge Sedano” is available on-demand anytime on ESPN+, while “DC & RC” can be seen on ESPN+ and on ESPN’s YouTube channel. It can also be heard wherever you download your podcasts.  

“Our team is fired up to bring these two new shows to our fans. We’ll be providing fun, unique and insightful MMA content throughout the week across every ESPN platform,” said Glenn Jacobs, ESPN’s vice president of production. “Everyone knows how great DC and Chael are. Adding Ryan and Jorge to the mix brings new perspectives and personalities to our MMA coverage. This is an exciting new era for ESPN and MMA fans.”  

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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network

“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”

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Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.

“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”

Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.

“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’

“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.

In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.

The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”

He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO

“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

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Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).

DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.

Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.

“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”

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