Dan Le Batard has been known in the past to not be the biggest fan of UFC President Dana White. The two have gone back and forth over the years over mostly fighter pay, which Le Batard has criticized heavily.
Le Batard replied on a post from MMA news website Bloody Elbow that was about White telling UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou that “If you don’t want to be with us, no problem.”
“The courageous are too disposable when you’ve gone this corporate, everyone from the broke to the best. Like many of its combatants, this gritty sport rose from nothing as an underdog. But you’ve become what you pretend to abhor, @danawhite. You are The Establishment now,” said Le Batard to White on Twitter.
White has had contractual issues with Ngannou for a while now, with the UFC Champion asking for more money and benefits on his deal in the future.
Dan Le Batard has admitted that in the past, he really enjoyed MMA and the UFC. He has been critical of several entities in recent years in addition to White. Specifically, Le Batard has called out the about-face ESPN did on the UFC once the opportunity to obtain the promotion’s media rights became available.
It is clear that White is not Le Batard’s biggest fan either, as he called the host a loudmouth when there were rumors that the two would have an exhibition boxing match for charity back in 2020.
We’ll see if Dana decides to respond to what Dan Le Batard had to say this time, but chances are Dana will try and avoid the whole fighter pay discussion like he usually does.
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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4
That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.
Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.
That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.
Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.
Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer
“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”
Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?
Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.
“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”
The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.
“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”
Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.
“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
LaVar Arrington, ‘Up On Game Presents’ Forges Multiplatform Deal With John Brenkus, Brinx.TV
The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.
Fox Sports Radio morning co-host LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform deal with creator and host of Sport Science John Brenkus and Brinx.TV.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV,” said Arrington. “This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry.”
“LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field,” adds Brenkus. “By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV’s distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success.”
Up On Game Presents is the podcast platform Arrington curates, in conjunction with Fox Sports Radio. The Up On Game podcast features Arrington and former NFL Pro Bowl wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress.
Brinx.TV was created in February of 2021 and allows subscribers the ability to watch live programming while also make purchases, bid in auctions, buy NFTs, and answer trivia questions.