VSiN (Vegas Stats & Information Network), the first media network dedicated to sports gambling information, has formed a partnership with former CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. Mason, is joining VSiN as a Strategic Advisor and Investor participating in all aspects of the company’s operations.
VSiN Founder and Chairman Brian Musburger said, “With decades of experience in the media industry, Dan brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. We are excited to leverage his expertise to drive continued growth at VSiN, capitalizing on the incredible opportunity presented by the burgeoning sports gambling industry. His overall enthusiasm for our product brings an energy level to the room that is contagious.”
Mason added, “Brian, [COO] Bill Adee and the VSiN team are really on to something unique here. Coming from the programming side of the business, you can sense when you have a hit on your hands and that is what we have here. I’m excited and eager to help the team shape the product going forward. I’m especially excited to introduce our betting information to terrestrial radio and shape how it can be staged to the sports radio audience.”
Mason was inducted into The National Radio Hall of Fame in 2015 after retiring from CBS Radio, where he served as President and CEO for more than 15 years. He is also a Senior Advisor to iHeartMedia, Inc., America’s largest-reach media company, and Chairman of The Broadcasters Foundation of America, a charity based in New York that serves the television and radio industries.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected].
Jim Costa to Replace Mike Stone in February on 97.1 The Ticket
“I grew up listening to this station and rooting for these teams. To start the conversation in Detroit every morning is special.”
Mike Stone will leave 97.1 The Ticket after the Super Bowl. The station already knows what is going to happen with its morning show. Jim Costa will take over, joining Jon Jansen and Heather Park.
“This is a dream come true for me. My whole career, I’ve chased the chance to build a show on 97.1 The Ticket,” Costa said in a press release. “I grew up listening to this station and rooting for these teams. To start the conversation in Detroit every morning is special. Jon Jansen and I are a good contrast; we play off each other well, and I’m excited for the show we will create along with Heather and the entire morning show crew.”
The new show will be called Costa & Jansen. It will make its debut in February.
Costa has primarily hosted on the weekends and been very busy as a fill-in host since joining The Ticket in early 2021. Prior to that, he served as program director and afternoon host on ESPN 96.1 in Grand Rapids.
“I’m thrilled that Jim Costa will be the next co-host of the 97.1 The Ticket morning show,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Detroit. “Jim has spent the last few years building a great relationship with his listeners. We look forward to the talents of Jim Costa and Jon Jansen entertaining and informing the Detroit sports audience and can’t wait to see how the show evolves in 2024.”
Demetri Ravanos is the Assistant Content Director for Barrett Sports Media. He hosts the Chewing Clock and Media Noise podcasts. He occasionally fills in on stations across the Carolinas. Previous stops include WAVH and WZEW in Mobile, AL, WBPT in Birmingham, AL and WBBB, WPTK and WDNC in Raleigh, NC. You can find him on Twitter @DemetriRavanos and reach him by email at [email protected].
Boomer Esiason: Dave Portnoy, Washington Post Article ‘Classic Example of Cancel Culture’
“The last one he gave a negative review, and the next thing you know, the place is packed.”
Dave Portnoy caught wind of a piece that was being written about him by The Washington Post pertaining to a pizza festival Barstool Sports is holding in Brooklyn, N.Y. this Saturday. Instead of watching the piece be published, he decided to contact the reporter, food writer Emily Heil, who was seeking comment from advertisers involved in the festival. In an email, she wrote that Portnoy “has a history of misogynistic comments and other problematic behavior,” a statement the Barstool founder and owner felt was “tortious interference.”
When Portnoy called Heil, she initially denied that she had written an email about Portnoy to sponsors about the story. After Portnoy read it back to her, she confirmed that it had indeed been done in order to get people to respond, asserting that negative commentary elicits more responses than its counterpart. WFAN host Gregg Giannotti described the occurrence on the Boomer & Gio morning show on Thursday, prompting co-host Boomer Esiason to give his genuine reaction to what had happened.
“Classic, classic example of cancel culture,” Esiason said. “She’s using her platform as a Washington Post reporter – that’s her backstop – and she’s sending out an email from that email address and she’s basically associating him with something she thinks he is. It’s the absolute obvious cancel, I guess, cancel culture syndrome if you will.”
Giannotti made mention of the fact that Portnoy has raised $50 million for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic through his “Barstool Fund.” Moreover, he articulated how the entrepreneur has helped pizza places through reviewing them, even if he does not grant every restaurant a high score. Portnoy’s “One Bite” videos garner millions of views on social media and have become a trusted source of information pertaining to local outlets.
“The last one he gave a negative review,” Esiason said, referring to Dragon Pizza in Somerville, Mass., “and the next thing you know, the place is packed.”
Watching the incident unfold in real time through Portnoy’s recording of the phone call and videos on social media was fascinating for Esiason and Giannotti. The call ended with him agreeing to be interviewed by The Washington Post at 10 a.m. on Thursday; however, the reporter canceled the call and asked to reschedule after details of the interaction became public knowledge.
I Caught Wind That The Washington Post Was Writing A Hit Piece About Me And My Pizzafest So I Did What I Do. I Went on the Offensive pic.twitter.com/5oK2zJqVAs
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 20, 2023
“This is a really bad look on her part and the whole industry’s part,” Esiason said. “She’s trying to impart her feelings into a question to get people to respond. What she’s really doing is probably trying to get them to pull out of sponsoring the pizza fest.”
Both hosts believe that Heil is taking advantage of her platform as a reporter for The Washington Post in an attempt to thwart their business because of her own aversion to its practices. The disclosure of this ordeal is somewhat disturbing for them, acknowledging how it is extraordinary that something of this magnitude is taking place out in the open
“This is not someone writing, ‘This is what I think of this guy,’” Giannotti explained. “She said she’s doing reporting, so when you do reporting and throw out there, ‘This guy’s got a history of misogynistic and problematic behavior….’”
“And she doesn’t take into account the Barstool employees,” Esiason added, “[who are] the people that are benefiting from the pizza fest and all the stuff that he’s done for small business because she doesn’t like the way that Barstool does its business.”
Sports Media Reacts to Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo Taking THC Gummies & Watching College Football
Over on First Take on Wednesday, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo turned some heads when he was given the floor by Molly Qerim to talk about his plans for this weekend.
Mad Dog, host Stephen A. Smith and Marcus Spears were talking about Saturday’s matchup between Colorado and Oregon, when Qerim told Russo to share with Stephen A., Marcus and America what he told Molly about the weekend.
Russo proceeded to lay out his tentative schedule for Saturday, which involves taking a THC gummy, drinking cocktails and betting $10,000 on the Buffaloes to beat the Ducks in Eugene.
Naturally, Russo’s moment captured the attention of plenty in sports media.
But almost seemingly more so than what Russo actually said, social media had some fun with the facial expressions of Spears.
Even Spears had to chime in himself.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.