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Michael Felder Leaves Bleacher Report for Stadium

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Michael Felder is leaving Bleacher Report to join Stadium as the streaming sports outlet ups its high school football presence. He will be a part of Stadium’s new weekday show EMERGE, which is a thirty minute program focusing on high school football.

At Bleacher Report, Felder served as the lead college football video analyst. He explained why he made the jump to Stadium in a press release. “Being involved in the production of content, more specifically in the creative process to get to that content is a legit motivator on my end. I think my skills and Stadium’s goals are a great match and I’m very much looking forward to hitting the ground running for the 2018 season and beyond!”

The addition of Felder is part of a larger commitment Stadium is making to high school football. The platform will air 22 games during the season on Thursday and Friday nights. The Stadium high school football schedule is below.

Thursday, August 16: Bingham @ Orem (Salt Lake City, Utah) 9pm ET

Saturday, August 18: Cedar Grove @ Summerville (Charleston, South Carolina) 5pm ET

Thursday, August 23: Archbishop Alter @ Kettering Fairmont (Dayton, Ohio) 7pm ET

Friday, August 24: Ensworth @ Christ Presbyterian Academy (Nashville, Tennessee) 8pm ET

Friday, August 31: Dwyer @ Atlantic (West Palm Beach, Florida) 7pm ET

Friday, August 31: Reed @ Bishop Manogue (Reno, Nevada) 10pm ET

Thursday, September 6: Omaha North @ Millard West (Omaha, Nebraska) 8pm ET

Friday, September 7: Thompson @ Hoover (Birmingham, Alabama) 8pm ET

Thursday, September 13: Warren @ O’Connor (San Antonio, Texas) 8pm ET

Friday, September 14: Clay Chalkville @ Pinson Valley (Birmingham, Alabama) 8pm ET

Thursday, September 20: Menomonee Falls @ Sussex Hamilton (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) 8pm ET

Friday, September 21: Rochester @ Sacred Heart Griffin (Springfield, Illinois) 8pm ET

Thursday, September 27: Gahanna Lincoln @ Pickerington Central (Columbus, Ohio) 7pm ET

Friday, September 28: Central Catholic @ Pine-Richland (Pittsburgh, PA) 7pm ET

Friday, September 28: Bullard @ San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, CA) 10:30pm ET

Thursday, October 4: Fremont @ Omaha Burke (Omaha, Nebraska) 8pm ET

Friday, October 5: Hurricane @ Huntington (Charleston, West Virginia) 7:30pm ET

Friday, October 12: Nashville Christian @ Davidson Academy (Nashville, TN) 8pm ET

Thursday, October 18: Shadow Ridge @ Arbor View (Las Vegas, Nevada) 10pm ET

Friday, October 19: Cardinal Newman @ Hammond (Columbia, South Carolina) 7:30pm ET

Thursday, October 25: Basic @ Liberty (Las Vegas, Nevada) 10pm ET

Friday, October 26: Pine-Richland @ North Allegheny (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) 7:30pm ET

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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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