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Jay-Z Applies For Sports Betting License In New York

“This would not be the first time Jay-Z has been in the gambling business. His 40/40 Clubs in Las Vegas and Atlantic City had gaming licenses as well.”

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Plenty of rappers have turned spitting rhymes into empires worth multiple millions of dollars. There is a select few that have become true business moguls. Jay-Z may be the best known of that latter group.

Hova’s next business move could be a step into the sports betting world in New York. According to TMZ, he and Michael Rubin, a part-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, have applied for a sports betting license in the Empire State. Their intention is to launch Fanatics Sportsbook.

The duo is one of six groups applying for licenses. TMZ was told that at least two of the groups would be given licenses. While the other applicants include major names in the sports betting space, like FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook and WynnBET, Fanatics’ bid is the only one that includes a prominent public figure and the only one that includes a Black applicant, making it a possible favorite.

This would not be the first time Jay-Z has been in the gambling business. His 40/40 Clubs in Las Vegas and Atlantic City had gaming licenses as well. Those clubs were closed in 2008 and 2014 respectively.

Fanatics does a lot of advertising in the sports world. Jay-Z has a major public profile. If he and Rubin are successful, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Fanatics Sportsbook being the next to pursue major content and media partnerships.

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theScore Launches First Narrative Podcast

“John and our NHL team did a terrific job bringing these stories to life.”

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A new podcast on goalies has been announced that will certainly get the attention of any and all hockey fans.

theScore has announced a long-form hockey podcast called When Goalies Were Weird. The show is a six-part narrative series about the players and larger-than-life characters that redefined the goalie position during the ‘90s and early 2000’s.

Longtime NHL writer John Matisz will be hosting the new podcast alongside research and reporting from features writer Nick Faris.

“These podcasts are a look back at some of the most influential players who transformed not just their position between the pipes, but the game at large.” said director of content at theScore, Rory Barrs.

This podcast is the first of its kind for theScore, as they have no other narrative-based podcasts. Episode one is set to premiere on November 22nd featuring NHL legend Dominik Hasek on all streaming platforms.

Here is a sneak peek of the podcast set to premiere next week.

Barrs added that this new podcast is a huge new step for the company, saying “As our first narrative audio series, the stories are sure to strike a nostalgic chord and take fans back to this era of generational goalie talent, with anecdotes from the players themselves and those around them. John and our NHL team did a terrific job bringing these stories to life.”

All six parts of the series are already planned out for the company, with some notable goalies listed as guests. Those include Patrick Roy, Ron Hextall, Ed Belfour Curtis Joseph, Martin Brodeur, Garth Snow, Damian Rhodes, and Jim Carey.

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Bob Costas Takes Demetri Ravanos Behind The Scenes Of BASEketball

“At the beginning, it seems like it is fun and then they are tossing some lines our way you can’t believe even though there is one line attached to me that they use in the trailer.”

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Listeners to The Media Noise podcast with Demetri Ravanos here on Barrett Sports Media are in for a treat this week. Starting Friday, you will hear Part 1 of a 2-part interview that Ravanos did with legendary broadcaster Bob Costas (Part 2 will air November 24). 

During this interview, Costas talks about his relationship with Bomani Jones, who he works with on Back On The Record With Bob Costas on HBO, what his favorite minor league baseball team names are, and much more. But, he also gets into his role in the 1998 film, BASEketball

Costas had interacted with the Zucker brothers before and he actually was invited to do another one of their movies before, but he ultimately had to turn it down. 

“They had invited me to be part of The Naked Gun movie that includes all of the scenes at Anaheim Stadium. One of the scenes is when they pan across the broadcast booth, and again a sendup of the idea that you need a battalion of people to call a baseball game. I was supposed to be a part of that and I wanted to do it and I had some kind of conflict and couldn’t. I said to them if you ever have another project, let me know.”

However, Costas’s agent, the late Barry Frank, didn’t really want him to do the movie, but Costas wanted to give it a shot.

During this movie, Costas got the chance to work with Al Michaels in the broadcast booth. The two of them never got to work together until that point. While the two iconic broadcasters never met any of the other key figures in the movies since their scenes were shot on the last day of filming, they knew how important their scenes were. 

“They needed our scenes to tie the movie together. Without us, they didn’t have any connective tissue to tie the story to go from one part of the story to the next. At the beginning, it seems like it is fun and then they are tossing some lines our way you can’t believe even though there is one line attached to me that they use in the trailer.” 

However, the one issue that comes across is Costas and Michaels figuring out that they are both getting paid different amounts of money to be a part of the film. After Michaels threatens to leave, he ends up getting more money out of it. Neither of them knew how much they were getting until they ended up flipping a coin to determine who reveals their salary first. 

“When we take a break for lunch, Al says to me this may be going sideways. I say to Al at least it pays well. He looks at me and he says what do you mean. I said, well it’s more than fair…It turns out I was getting five times as much as he does. At least my agent who didn’t want me to do it was determined if you were going to do it, you were going to get paid through the nose. In the end, he got a little bit extra beyond what I got just so he can say he was made completely whole.”

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New Podcast Features Recordings Of Kobe Bryant From High School

“The first two episodes are available now. Ten more are on the way.”

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iHeartMedia has a new podcast that will let basketball fans hear from the late Kobe Bryant during one of the biggest transitions of his life. Bryant and his high school basketball coach planned to right a book together and recorded several conversations during Kobe’s senior year and into his first NBA season. Those recordings are now the basis of a new podcast called I Am Kobe. Jeremy Treatman, Bryant’s high school coach, rediscovered the tapes during a recent move according to The Hollywood Reporter

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to present this rare inside look into Kobe Bryant’s formative years and tell his story through these never-before-heard tapes,” says journalist Mike Sielski, who will serve as the host of the show.

He is also turning some of the conversations into a book The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality.

I Am Kobe is a joint venture from Diversion Podcasts and iHeartMedia. The first two episodes are available now. Ten more are on the way.

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