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
Sports Media Rips Baseball Hall Of Fame For Barry Bonds Snub
“David Ortíz got the nod from 77% of voters. He was the only one to get more than the required 75% for induction.”
Performance-enhancing drugs are a non-starter for some Hall of Fame voters. “Some” in this case likely means about 34% of those with a ballot. It is the only explanation for Barry Bonds not getting in.
The Hall of Fame revealed its 2022 class on Tuesday night. David Ortíz got the nod from 77% of voters. He was the only one to get more than the required 75% for induction. Bonds finished second in the voting with his name showing up on 66% of the ballots.
Bonds and Ortíz were amongst a group of candidates who were considered controversial. Based on numbers and on-field performance, they, along with Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, and Curt Schilling likely belong in the Hall of Fame. Bonds, Clemens, Ortiz, and Rodriguez have all been tied to the use of performance enhancing drugs and human growth hormone. Schilling has become something of a pariah in baseball due to his political extremism.
While cases can be made for all five men, the sports media seemed to zero-in on Barry Bonds. His exclusion drew a series of damning tweets and criticism of the Hall of Fame and its voters.
For the record, Barry Bonds is both the single season and all-time leader in home runs. He also holds the all-time record for walks and single season records for walks, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. He is also a seven-time MVP and fourteen-time all star.
Wynn Resorts Plans To Cut Losses, Sell Sports Betting Unit For $500M
Wynn increased revenue from Q3 of 2020 at $370.5 million to $994.6 million in revenue in Q3 2021.
Due to high marketing costs to bring in new customers, Wynn Resorts is looking to sell Wynn Interactive, the company’s betting unit, for $500 million. Wynn Interactive was valued at $3 billion last year, according to the New York Post, and has grown in revenue and popularity. But the costs are proving to be too much to handle.
The WynnBET sportsbook has market access in multiple states including Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, and New York. It had also partnered up with NFL franchises and multiple professional athletes. Among these were the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, and New York Jets, along with Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Howard, and Chad Johnson.
Wynn increased revenue from Q3 of 2020 at $370.5 million to $994.6 million in revenue in Q3 2021. However, the company still remained at a net loss of $166.2 million during the quarter, down from a net loss of $758.1 million in Q3 2020.
Wynn is having to do a bit of backtracking and trying to cut their losses. They acquired a $1.5 billion line of credit from the Bank of China last September, with $100 million of it being planned to use to market the sports betting app for this year’s football season.
In another cancellation, Wynn was hoping to take the online sports betting division public via a SPAC merger with Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation but had to kiss that goodbye last November.
FanDuel Makes Nearly $17 Million In New York After NFL Wild Card Weekend
Plenty of bettors in New York were chomping at the bit to legally wager on games.
Mobile sports gambling has only been live in New York for a few weeks and already, the sportsbooks and the state are raking in the cash.
New York City news station WPIX reported Monday that FanDuel saw $16.9 million in gross revenue following Saturday and Sunday NFL Wild Card playoff games. The Monday night game featuring the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals was excluded from that total, but the sportsbook made an additional $2 million.
In New Jersey, PIX reported the state made $41.8 million in gross revenue in January 2021. That number was expected to be exceeded by FanDuel in New York as of Monday.
The station also reported $3.9 million in earnings for DraftKings, $14.1 million for Caesars Sportsbook, and $70,433 for RushStreet following NFL Wild Card Weekend.
Plenty of bettors in New York were chomping at the bit to legally wager on games and it’s clear the floodgates opened once everything went live earlier this month.
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