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The Big Lead Names Maria Taylor Sports Media Personality Of 2021

The Big Lead has announced their picks for the sports media awards of the year.

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It was another big year in sports media, and The Big Lead staff has announced their picks for the sports media awards of the year.

The Sports Personality of the year went to NBC Sports’ Maria Taylor. Taylor was surrounded by controversy this whole year, but remained professional and on her game regardless. Taylor also made a move this year after 8 years at ESPN. She has been a part of Summer Olympics coverage as well as the host of Football Night in America, and will contribute heavily to this year’s Super Bowl coverage on the network. Taylor beat out Dan Le Batard, Stephen A. Smith, and Mike Greenberg for the award.

The best Radio Show of the year went to The Pat McAfee Show, beating out The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Tiki and Tierney, and The Dan Patrick Show. McAfee has really emerged this year as a staple in the sports radio world with his natural charisma and humor that turns any guest into an interesting listen.

The Biggest Sports Media Acquisition went to Peyton and Eli Manning for their role in the Manningcast, ESPN 2’ss alternate feed for Monday Night Football. The NFL and ESPN hit a gold mine this year with a new and interesting format to a familiar product. Many other networks and sports leagues will be trying to replicate their success for years to come. The Manning brothers beat out some other notable acquisitions for the award including Ariel Helwani, Drew Brees, and Maria Taylor.

Here is a list of the other awards that were given out throughout the year by The Big Lead.

Best Game Analyst: Jeff Van Gundy

Best Play-by-Play Announcer: Joe Buck

Newcomer of the Year: Aqib Talib

Sportswriter of the Year: Tyler Tynes

Best Podcast: Pardon My Take

Insider of the Year: Adam Schefter

Best Sports Media Reporter: Andrew Marchand

Most Versatile Sports Media Member: Mina Kimes

Sports Media Event of the Year: Dan Le Batard for “Freedumb”

Sports Book Author of the Year: Mirin Fader

Best Studio Show: NFL RedZone

Best Sports Television Series: Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Meme of the Year: Brooks Koepka vs. Bryson DeChambeau

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jackie MacMullan

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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