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What Would AT&T Buying Otter Media Mean for Barstool?

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Earlier this week, Peter Kafka reported in Recode that the Chernin Group was planning to sell its stake in streaming video company Otter Media to AT&T. Otter Media is currently co-owned by the two companies.

Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing says this could mean Chernin has more time and money to devote to Barstool Sports, but points out that money has never really been a problem for the company or its CEO Peter Chernin.

Of course, it’s not like the Chernin Group was particularly resource-strapped before this. They’re a giant company that’s invested in everything from Tumblr to The Athletic to Second Spectrum to Dave.com, and group founder/chairman/CEO Peter Chernin has plenty of money of his own, and they just put $15 million more into Barstool earlier this year. That investment valued the company at around $100 million, and came with plenty of talk of hiring more staff, expanding Rough N Rowdy (the boxing promotion Barstool bought last fall), and possibly launching branded alcohol or sports bars and/or a premium content service; Chernin might want to see how that previous investment and those expansion plans go before putting more money into Barstool directly, even if they make a lot on the Otter Media sale.

Bucholtz notes that while it is likely that day to day control of Barstool Sports still rests with CEO Erika Nardini and founder Dave Portnoy, Chernin does own a majority stake in the company. That would likely mean it will have a say in any major investment or expansion plans for Barstool.

Chernin is still invested in a whole ton of companies, of course, but Barstool’s one where they have majority control, and it’s one where they’ve repeatedly indicated they see major growth potential and have floated numerous specific potential expansion plans. And they presumably would have been involved in growing or expanding Barstool even without this Otter sale. But it doesn’t seem unreasonable to think that Barstool might become even more of a focus for Chernin after this. And maybe that will lead to bigger things for the company.

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LaVar Arrington Adds New Show to Podcast Feed – ‘Under Appreciated with Flash Garments’

Under Appreciated with Flash Garments is a show that will feature conversations with insiders from sports, entertainment, music, fashion, film and more.

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FOX Sports Radio’s LaVar Arrington has announced the addition of a new podcast to his podcast feed Up on Game Presents. The new podcast, called Under Appreciated with Flash Garments, debuts on Friday, August 5.

Under Appreciated with Flash Garments is a show that will feature conversations with insiders from sports, entertainment, music, fashion, film and more. The show’s primary goal is to shine light on those in their respective industries that deserve to be seen.

Under Appreciated promises to be something fresh and unlike any show or podcast you’ve ever heard – it will be the definition of exclusive,” shared Flash Garments. “I want to thank LaVar for inviting me to join the incredibly diverse and entertaining Up On Game Presents lineup.”

“We’re super excited to have Flash Garments join the Up On Game Presents lineup with the launch of his Under Appreciated podcast,” said Arrington. “Flash knows everybody, is very well respected, and has a lot to say! I think listeners will really enjoy this inspiring and enlightening program, and we look forward to sharing it with our audience every Friday!”

The podcast is produced in partnership with FOX Sports Radio, where Arrington co-hosts the network’s weekday morning program Two Pros and a Cup of Joe with Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox. New episodes will be available on Fridays.

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Jimmy Johnson to Dan Le Batard: ‘Do You Ever Remember Me ‘Sniveling?’

Johnson also said, “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”

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Jimmy Johnson doesn’t seem to be too worried that he isn’t in the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring Of Honor. He actually is more confused about the word choice that Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones used to describe him.

Jones was interviewed earlier this week by NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs, and was asked about the timeline for honoring the team’s former coach. Jones replied snarkily with, “There’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here.”

Jones then added, “I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on the field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well… it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.”

Dan Le Batard had the FOX NFL Sunday analyst on his podcast and read the entire quote to Johnson. When finished, Johnson responded thru his laughter, “I had to look up that word in the dictionary,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said, “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”

Le Batard responded, “it is not a word I would ever associate with you.”

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Taylor Rooks Hired by Amazon as Thursday Night Football Feature Reporter

Rooks will host feature stories surrounding the league and its Thursday games as well as conduct sit-down style interviews with NFL players and coaches throughout the season.

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Amazon has confirmed that Taylor Rooks has been brought on as a feature reporter for their Thursday Night Football streaming package of NFL games.

Rooks will host feature stories surrounding the league and its Thursday games as well as conduct sit-down style interviews with NFL players and coaches throughout the season.

“Taylor Rooks is an incredibly talented journalist, who has already established herself as one of the best interviewers in sports,” said Marie Donoghue, Vice President, Global Sports Video for Amazon. “We look forward to bringing her engaging and illuminating conversations to our Thursday Night Football coverage.”

Rooks tweeted her excitement but also added that she will not be taking a step back from her efforts with Bleacher Report and NBA on TNT.

In fact, Boardroom is reporting that she has signed a multi-year extension to stay with Turner Sports.

“Taylor is a versatile talent with an innate skill to conduct engaging, authentic and entertaining conversations with some of the biggest personalities in sports,” noted Tara August, Senior Vice President of Talent Services & Special Projects at Turner. “No matter the sport, Taylor can connect and tap into the humanity of the individual off the court or field in a way that resonates with audiences and we’re excited to watch her grow.” 

Rooks joins the streaming service’s smorgasbord of talent which includes: play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, color analyst Kirk Herbstreit, sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung, studio host Charissa Thompson and analysts Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Aqib Talib and Andrew Whitworth. 

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