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Baseball Columnist Ken Davidoff Retires From New York Post

“After nearly 29 years as a sportswriter, the last 25-plus covering baseball, I have decided to shut down this chapter of my life and try something different.”

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Whenever the 2022 Major League Baseball season begins, one of the more familiar, reliable columnists covering the sport won’t be a part of it for the first time in the past 25-plus years.

Ken Davidoff retired from the New York Post last week (his last day was Feb. 28) after covering the New York Yankees as a beat writer for the Bergen Record and Newsday, before moving up to national baseball writer at the latter publication. He eventually moved to the Post, where he was the national MLB columnist for 10 years.

He shared the news of his retirement from the Post on Facebook, accompanied by a photo of him as a student at the Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student newspaper.

“For the first time since 93, I have no job, only this time I’m a lot less anxious about it,” wrote Davidoff. “After nearly 29 years as a sportswriter, the last 25-plus covering baseball, I have decided to shut down this chapter of my life and try something different. What exactly that will be, I’m not sure, although I’m already exploring a few ideas.”

“I couldn’t have realized my childhood dream without the support of family, friends, colleagues and baseball people,” Davidoff added. “Some of you cheered me on while work kept me away and extremely busy; some of you made the job fun while hanging out in ballparks, hotel lobbies and even Congressional hearings; and some of you helped me with information and insight. Thanks to all of you. See you soon.”

Unfortunately, after more than 25 years covering baseball, Davidoff’s last reporting was on the lockout not ending since team owners and players could not reach an agreement. As a result, the 2022 MLB season will be delayed for at least a week (comprising each team’s first two series on the schedule) and likely much longer.

In his farewell column for the Post (though not his final report, due to negotiations between MLB team owners and the players union extending to March 1), Davidoff thanked 10 people who made covering baseball memorable, including Derek Jeter, George Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Alex Rodriguez, Yoenis Cespedes, David Ortiz, and Carlos Beltran. (The column is behind the NY Post paywall.)

“Good god, did he give us stuff to write about every which way,” Davidoff wrote of A-Rod. “Just off the top of my head: the slap play and other postseason struggles (and triumphs)… two American League Most Valuable Player awards… a flurry of personal relationships … not one but two illegal performance-enhancing drug scandals, the latter resulting in him suing MLB and the Players Association! … Simply the best. If not for him, I wouldn’t have made it this long, though I would’ve slept more.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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.

“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.

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