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Bob Chapek: ESPN Will Be ‘More Aggressive In Sports Betting’

It seems it is only a matter of time until Disney will partner with a major sportsbook on a licensing deal.

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Disney is slowly dipping their foot into the sports betting industry. Disney’s ESPN has been making sports betting a far bigger topic in their programming, launching a variety of shows focused on sports betting including The Daily Wager and ESPN Bet.

Along with this, ESPN promoted executive Mike Morrison to Vice President of sports betting and fantasy for the company. It seems it is only a matter of time until Disney will partner with a major sportsbook on a licensing deal, as they have already met with Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings to discuss a partnership.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently said at a Goldman Sachs investor conference that the company will be ”more aggressive in sports betting” by exploring a partnership deal for the company.

Sources previously told Front Office Sports that ”Everything is on the table” for ESPN to generate revenue in the sports betting industry.

ESPN is reportedly seeking around $3 Billion in a multiyear deal to attach its name to an existing sportsbook. Sports Illustrated struck a deal along those lines recently partnering with 888 Holdings.

With the CEO himself backing up reports that ESPN is very interested to dive head first into sports betting, it seems inevitable that viewers will soon be able to place wagers with ESPN having some sort of stake in it.

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Perry Michael Simon Upped To SVP/Editor-In-Chief At All Access

“Simon has been part of the industry site for 24 years.”

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Perry Michael Simon has a new job title at All Access. He is now the SVP/Editor-In-Chief, News/Talk/Sports/Podcasting Editor.

Simon has been part of the industry site for 24 years. He has attended many conferences, interviewed many leaders and broadcasters, and processed and reported a lot of information in that time. The promotion is well-deserved.

“I’m looking forward to building on All Access‘ tradition of being the most complete and accurate source of information about the radio, music, podcasting and associated industries, Perry Michael Simon said in a press release. “I’m grateful to Joel for his confidence in me and for granting me my wish of having a title that’s too long for a business card, and I promise that I will keep the Philadelphia sports references to a reasonable amount.”

Prior to joining All Access, Simon programmed New Jersey 101.5 in the Philadelphia area and KLSX in Los Angeles. He also served as an on-air host and operations manager at what used to be Y107 in Los Angeles. The station flipped from modern rock to Spanish hits shortly after his exit in the late 90s.

In the publishing world, All Access isn’t the only place Perry Michael Simon has enjoyed success. He spent six years overseeing Nerdist as the site’s Editor-In-Chief.

“Perry’s leadership and creativity will continue our growth of 26 years in serving the ever-expanding radio/audio, music/streaming, podcasting and social media industries and their many platforms with the very best information served up on-demand on the AllAccess.com site, mobile, email and associated social media platforms,” the site’s President and Publisher Joel Denver added.

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Warren Moon On Manningcast: ‘I Don’t Want To See Comedy’

When asked about the Manningcast, he said that he isn’t a fan and couldn’t see himself ever being won over.

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Peyton and Eli Manning are winning over a lot of fans with their Manningcast coverage of Monday Night Football on ESPN 2. One person they won’t be winning over any time soon though is Hall of Famer Warren Moon.

The Oilers and Vikings legend stopped by Outkick’s tailgate party ahead of Georgia’s destruction of Vanderbilt on Saturday. When asked about the Manningcast, he said that he isn’t a fan and couldn’t see himself ever being won over.

“It’s a little bit different. I’m a hardcore football guy, so I don’t want jokesters in the game, I want to analyze the game,” Warren Moon said. “I look at the game a lot differently than most people look at em’, I’m really quiet about it and so that’s kind of what I want to see when I see a game. I don’t want to see a lot of comedy.”

During his visit with the Outkick crew, Moon touched on several quarterback related subjects. He said that rules make it possible for quarterbacks to have much longer careers than they would have in the past.

When it comes to Tom Brady though, Warren Moon said that career is not merely the result of being treated with kid gloves. He even admitted that he is a little jealous of what the Buccaneers’ QB has accomplished.

“I should have ate more avocado ice cream when I was playing and maybe I’d still be playing right now. But, he takes great care of his body. His body is like his temple. He trains well in the offseason, and then he went to a super talented football team, I mean he’s got four All-Pro receivers.”

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Study Finds ESPN Leading Sports Media’s Gender & Racial Diversification

“Sports media at large made little progress towards a more diverse workplace as white-male influences are still dominant.”

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Courtesy: TIDES

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) released a report card detailing race and gender among sports media recently for the first time since 2018. Dr. Richard Lapchick and his team at the University of Central Florida put together the report. Lapchick is the endowed chair at UCF’s Devos Sport Business Management Program.

Sports media at large made little progress towards a more diverse workplace as white, male influences are still dominant.

The 2021 Sports Media Racial and Gender Report Card: Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Racial and Gender Report Card showed minor improvements for the organization compared to 2018. APSE improved on its racial grade with a B-plus but still received an F in gender grade. 

“We need more women in this industry,” former APSE president Lisa Wilson said in an ESPN article. “We need those voices. We need that perspective. We need them making coverage and hiring decisions.”

Racial demographics showed a much larger improvement across the board in a few key areas. Something the Rainbow PUSH Coalition has been hard at work to change.

“The stories that are being told should reflect those on the field as well as the audiences that they reach,” The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said to ESPN. “Dr. Lapchick’s report indicates there has been some progress, but the sports media world is still overwhelmingly white and male.”

Lapchick noted that ESPN is a big driver in sports media’s racial and gender equity growth, so much so that removing ESPN from the equation massively impacts diversity across the industry. 

Removing ESPN from the study brings the total female percentage of sports editors from 16.7% to 13.5% and columnists from 17.8% to 13.8%. The same is true on the racial side of the equation.

Taking ESPN out of the data completely, means sports editors of color would decrease from 20.8% to 18.9%, assistant sports editors from 27.7% to 22.7%, columnists from 22.9% to 18.1%, reporters from 22.9% to 22.5%, and total staffs from 23.5% to 22.0%.

ESPN takes plenty of heat in sports media circles, but they deserve a lot of respect and acknowledgment for how they have tried to level the playing field with their gender and racial hiring practices. 

Check out the full report here.

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