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Univision Considering Offers for Deadspin

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On Monday, Univision sent out a press release acknowledging that they are considering selling Deadspin as part of the Gizmodo Media Group as well as The Onion. Univision and their digital arm, then called Fusion Media Group, purchased Deadspin and Gawker Media’s other assets in August of 2016 after the company declared bankruptcy in the wake of Hulk Hogan’s civil lawsuit.

The press release notes that there is no deal in place and the company isn’t even guaranteed to sell. Univision has hired Morgan Stanley to assist in the process. It paid $135 million for the Gizmodo properties. There have been no indication of what price Univision is seeking.

There is no indication one way or another of whether Univision might be willing to sell the Gizmodo sites individually. Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing notes that the diversity of the properties’ respective focuses may make them hard to sell as a group.

The Gizmodo Media Group package may be a difficult one to sell in its own right, as those titles (many of which were part of the Gawker group, but The Root was owned by Slate until its sale to Univision in 2015, Earther was launched after the Gawker acquisition, and Splinter is the rebranded Fusion website, which Univision owned before picking up Gawker) are exceptionally different, covering everything from tech to sports to cars to “nature for nerds” (Earther), “politics and social justice news” (Splinter), “celebrity, sex and fashion for women – without airbrushing” (Jezebel), and “Black news, opinions, politics and culture” (The Root).

Some publishers might find some Gizmodo Media Group titles to be a great fit with their current catalogue, but might not have interest in the others. That was part of the limited bidding for Gawker’s assets in bankruptcy court, which saw only Univision and Ziff Davis (which could be involved again) make formal bids. And selling these titles off together could become even more challenging if the Onion portfolio is going to be part of this package deal too.

Univision, which was hoping to expand its appeal beyond just Spanish language content when it purchased Gawker media, is now shifting back to Spanish content as the core of its business.

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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