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Jomboy Media Announces Partnership With SeatGeek

“The partnership makes all the sense in the world considering SeatGeek’s reach amongst the younger generations.”

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The MLB is one of the few sports in America that has a fanbase that is getting older and older by the day. With the average fanbase of league being 57, guys like Jimmy “Jomboy” O’Brien have made an impression on younger fans of the sport through social media.

A former videographer, O’Brien’s “Jomboy Media” company has inked a large sponsorship deal with SeatGeek, the online ticket provider that helps fans find the cheapest ticket prices on Tuesday. The company has partnerd with a number of new media operations including Pat McAfee and countless of other YouTubers in the sports space.

When speaking with Joe Pompliano for his Huddle Up SubStack newsletter, O’Brien said the company has been supporting him from the start and mentioned SeatGeek’s long track record of working with new media entities that are challenging some of the big legacy media companies for engagement.

“SeatGeek has supported me from the very beginning, even before Jomboy Media was who we are today,” said Jimmy O’Brien a.k.a Jomboy, founder of Jomboy Media. “The company has a long track record of working with new media entities, and has a knack for understanding not only what it takes to succeed within the industry, but how to tap into the minds of today’s consumers. The [media] landscape is evolving and SeatGeek knows how to grow with the fans by using smart and forward-looking approaches to collaboration.” 

The partnership makes all the sense in the world considering SeatGeek’s reach amongst the younger generations. The number of Gen Z customers that buy tickets from SeatGeek is more than a quarter of their total customer base at 36% compared to Ticketmaster, which only levies 18% of buyers that fall in that category.

Before the success, O’Brien, 33 was a videographer in California, mainly for weddings, while also doing some YouTube videos on the side with his friends. In an effort to connect with Yankees fans, Jomboy started live-tweeting games and providing video recaps.

At the time, O’Brien was 28 years old and made no money from the content he produced.

However, through hard work and determination Jimmy eventually reached 1,000 followers on Twitter and convinced his childhood friend Jake Storiale to launch a podcast with him called “Talkin’ Yanks.”

While podcast was growing organically, Jimmy and Jake garnered even more attention for their show by creating these short videos called “Baseball Breakdowns,” which included breakdowns such as Aaron Boone’s infamous ejection back in 2019 when he tossed from a game after arguing with the umpire and digging up footage from the game that an opposing pitcher accused the Houston Astros of banging on trash cans to inform batters on what pitches were coming.

While those video’s helped the company and the show out tremendously, a friend of O’Brien’s saw that the podcast resonated with people and offered him a $25,000 investment in early 2018. That initial investment later led to a $1 million investment from a group of MLB players and media figures last year.

The company now has about 50 employees and just opened up an office space in New York City. Jomboy Media has also proved to be very profitable, doing between $6 million and $7 million in revenue last year.

Seems like Jombo/y is here to stay and my guess is they will eventually branch out to other sports as they continue their meteoric rise in the sports media world.

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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