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SiriusXM Debuts Huuuge Fan Podcast With LaChina Robinson

“The episode debuting this week features actor Anthony Ramos.”

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SiriusXM’s latest podcast offering debuted as a weekly series today with the company announcing Huuuge Fan, hosted by LaChina Robinson. The show dives into different celebrity sports fandoms every week, offering up lesser-known stories from well-known voices.

The ESPN college basketball analyst sits down with names like Drew Carey, Monica, Adam Duritz, Michelle Williams, Anthony Ramos, and many others to discuss their favorite teams. The show dives into the backstory of each celebrity’s fandom.

“The conversations we have with guests of Huuuge Fan give us a courtside seat taking in the fandom of A-List celebrities that are just as obsessed with their favorite sports teams as you and me,” said Robinson. “Through the eyes of the biggest stars, we get to ride the wave of fan emotion which includes devastating losses, championship celebrations, superstitions, game day routines, family fan legacies, and more.”

The episode debuting this week features Ramos. The stage actor was an original member of the Hamilton cast and is a diehard Brooklyn Nets fan.

“I got into basketball because I saw Jason Kidd play on TV,” Ramos said on the show. “I would just see highlights of him, and I was like, ‘Yo, I love the way this guy plays the game.’ And naturally, I just rooted for the team he was playing for.

“I met [Kidd] when he was coaching the Bucks, and they were playing against the Nets. I was singing the National Anthem at the game. And my pops was with me at the game, and my dad goes something like, ‘Mr. Kidd,’ called him over… and I’m like, ‘Oh gosh,’ like embarrassing me. We took a photo, and he signed a basketball and gave it to me.”

Featured guests on the upcoming slate include Grammy Award-winning singer Monica on the Atlanta Hawks; actor/comedian Drew Carey on the Cleveland Indians; and actor Yvette Nicole Brown on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Interested listeners can find Huuuge Fan on the SXM app along with most major podcast platforms.

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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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