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The Volume Launches Podcast Featuring Notre Dame Players

The show is releasing two episodes a week throughout the college football season starting on July 28.

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Forget former players telling their stories on podcasts. The Volume has announced a new venture where Notre Dame football fans can hear from their favorite players during the season.

Inside The Garage featuring Notre Dame Safety Kyle Hamilton, Cornerback Cam Hart, Receiver Conor Ratigan, and Safety KJ Wallace showcases the athletes as they preview their weekly matchups, bat around stories from the team, and share what life is really like for a student-athlete.

The show is literally recorded inside the garage of the group’s off-campus house, and the debut episode went live on Wednesday, July 28.

With the NIL era upon us in college sports, it was just a matter of time before a show like this came together.

“When we saw the new rules regarding NIL, we began a search for compelling college athletes with personality and authority,” The Volume founder Colin Cowherd said in a press release. “We were lucky to find Kyle, Cam, Conor, and KJ who are passionate about podcasting and just happen to play for one of the most iconic brands in sports.”

Cowherd’s podcast network got rolling in January of this year and has focused on niche shows like this that differ from the usual diet of sports interview podcasts.

“Inside the Garage is an opportunity to bring our fans into the locker room and on to the field as we tell our stories from this season and beyond,” Hamilton said. 

The whole crew feels like this is the ideal way to showcase their lives as athletes and tell their stories the right way.

“We have real perspective on the student-athlete experience, and we look forward to delivering it to one of the biggest fanbases in the country,” Hart said.

Cowherd is making a live appearance at the soon-to-be-famous South Bend garage in the fall. Funny enough, Los Angeles’s own USC Trojans play at Notre Dame on Oct. 23. That could be the perfect time to bring in the L.A.-based sports talk host.

“We are excited to join the team, and we are all looking forward to Colin visiting The Garage in South Bend this fall,” Wallace said.

Interested fans can find the show twice a week on YouTube and wherever podcasts are distributed.

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Audacy & MLB Partner On Cubs World Series Podcast

“I believe this moment of the Cubs winning was the last pure, joyful, optimistic moment in the history of this nation,” Spiegel jokes in the trailer for the show.

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The Run: 2016 Cubs is the first collaboration between Audacy’s 2400Sports and Major League Baseball. The show will tell the story of the year the Chicago Cubs broke the curse of the billy goat and finally won the World Series.

The podcast has some real name recognition working for it. It will be hosted by comedian Roy Wood Jr. and 670 The Score afternoon co-host Matt Speigel. The series is being produced by Jody Avirgan, formerly of ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast series and FiveThirtyEight. David Ross, Theo Epstein, and Joe Madden are all set to make appearances on The Run as well.

Not only will the show follow the Cubs, it will put the championship run in historical perspective. Segments of episodes will be dedicated to what was happening in Chicago and around the country during the playoff run as America was nearing the contentious 2016 presidential election.

“I believe this moment of the Cubs winning was the last pure, joyful, optimistic moment in the history of this nation,” Spiegel jokes in the trailer for the show.

Starting Monday, September 27, The Run: 2016 Cubs will break down every moment, game, and controversy the team endured in route to its first title in 108 years. There will be ten episodes in total with new shows being released every Monday.

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Bloomberg Questions Adam Schefter’s Investment In Boom Entertainment

“O’Brien asked the company if they have a conflicts-of-interest policy, and they declined to answer.”

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The Walt Disney Company is ready for ESPN to start diving deeper into sports gambling, but one of their well-known employees is already wading into the space with an investment.

Bloomberg’s senior columnist Timothy O’Brien noticed that ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was part of a recent investment round for Boom Entertainment. The company helped develop NBC Sports Predictor and is using the latest funding round to expand into “real money gaming products.”

Among the other investors is NFL owner Robert Kraft, sparking questions as to whether or not the investment is a conflict of interest for Schefter as he continues covering the league.

O’Brien had this to say on the matter: “That information is also valuable to gamblers — or anyone who might own, say, a sizeable stake in a newfangled gambling company interested in digital sports betting. Viewers, and Schefter’s 8.5 million Twitter followers, might end up wondering whether he will shade his opinions or bury important information if he directly or indirectly has money riding on games and athletes. It gives a whole new meaning to “NFL Insider,” but ESPN seems unconcerned.”

O’Brien asked the company if they have a conflicts-of-interest policy, and they declined to answer.

ESPN dove headfirst into gambling in recent years and have reportedly been hard at work on a $3 billion licensing deal with Caesar’s Entertainment and DraftKings.

“There’s a long way between embedded into the ESPN business model and licensing out,” Disney chief executive Bob Chapek said to investors at Tuesday’s conference. “Let’s just say that our fans are really interested in sports betting. Let’s say that our partners — with the leagues — are interested in sports betting. So we’re interested in sports betting.”

ESPN is ready to embrace gambling, and it looks like one of their most well-known employees is as well.

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The Athletic Hires Firm To Facilitate Sale

“The Athletic boasts 1.2 million subscribers and had previously been in talks to merge with Axios or The New York Times, but those deals fell through.”

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The Athletic is back on the market after hiring a new firm to find a buyer at a $750 million evaluation. The Information reports the sports media company hired LionTree to expedite the sale process.

The Information confirmed that The Athletic has raised $145 million in funding since 2016 and was valued at $530 million last year. Their revenue has been healthy as well despite the sports shutdown in 2020. The Athletic is projecting $80 million in revenue this year, a 50% jump from the same 2020 figure.

By hiring the LionTree firm, the company is showing a more serious and defined approach to eventually being sold. The firm is looking to have initial bids submitted for The Athletic by October.

The Athletic boasts 1.2 million subscribers and had previously been in talks to merge with Axios or The New York Times, but those deals fell through. 

“As a general matter of policy, we do not comment on rumors about potential acquisitions or divestitures,” a Times spokesperson told TheWrap at that time, while an Athletic representative echoed similar sentiments: “The Athletic does not comment on rumors or speculation in the market.”

Reports also surfaced around Fanatics being interested in The Athletic, but those never came to fruition. Talks with the New York Times dissolved because the two sides couldn’t agree on how to offer the site’s employees equity in the company.

Next year, The Athletic expects revenues to increase to $120 million as they continue their search for a buyer.

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