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Chris Long Discusses Green Light Podcast Growth

“I want people to feel like they are sitting in the room with us. That’s my favorite thing is just BS’ing with my buddies.”

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Former NFL defensive end Chris Long continues to be one of the rising stars in the sports media industry with the Green Light with Chris Long Podcast that he records three times a week. So, what does he want you to think after you listen to his show?

Long was a guest on The Adam Schein Podcast this week and he said he wants to convey his knowledge about the game, but also he thinks he could learn a little bit from the fans as well.

“Number one is to communicate information to people about the game. If we are talking about the game, I want people to know what I think I know because I look at it a little differently. I think sometimes I can stand to gain a little perspective looking at it the way the fans look at it but I think there is also a time where a little player insight might help.”

While Long wants the show to be educational, he also wants the listener to feel like they are just hanging out with his friends and that the podcast can be dirty sometimes.

“I want people to feel like they are sitting in the room with us. That’s my favorite thing is just BS’ing with my buddies. We edit some things out. The final product doesn’t always look like it sounded in the room, but for the most part, it’s a dirty show. We dirty things up a little bit. It’s going to sound like it would sound sitting on the couch with 3-4 buddies hopefully drinking a couple of beers. You feel like you are sinking into the couch with us. That’s my goal. It’s supposed to be educational, dirty, and feel immersive and inclusive.”

Every Monday, Long has an NFL weekly wrap-up episode with his brother, Kyle and his best friend, Macon. As he tries to prepare for the show, he told Schein he has more of an appreciation for all the information the national media is able to get.

“As a player, I didn’t have the appreciation for what national media goes through on a Sunday trying to gather all the information that people in their respective local markets expect you to master. You can’t fool fans. They know whether it’s the Bengals, Dolphins, Raiders, they know who the third corner is, they know how this guy performed in camp. There’s a tremendous challenge on a Sunday to not master everything, but to get to the point where you can talk about what happened. Then, on Wednesday and Friday, we can color in why it happened.”

Rest assured, Long is putting in the work for that episode, but he also understands that if he messes something up on Monday, he knows he has the rest of the week to correct the mistake.

“I think that’s one of the hardest things on Monday is not overreacting, but also not overreacting to what happened. Let’s dig in and find out why it happened and look at the context around why it happened. The challenge makes me feel like I’m in school again. I’m up till 2 AM watching Raiders-Titans. You do want to know what the hell happened. Hopefully that comes through, but we also aren’t going to be perfect. It’s Monday. You have a safety net. If I didn’t get it right, I have the rest of the week to rectify the situation.”

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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network

“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”

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Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.

“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”

Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.

“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’

“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.

In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.

The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”

He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO

“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

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Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).

DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.

Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.

“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”

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