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Shams, McMurphy, and Goodman All Headed to Stadium

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Stadium just hit a trifecta in terms of insider reporting. The multi-platform 24/7 sports network has added Shams Charania to cover the NBA, Jeff Goodman to cover college basketball, and Brett McMurphy to cover college football. Goodman’s addition had been previously reported. McMurphy’s was the worst kept secret in the sports media. Charania joining the Stadium roster is the biggest surprise of the bunch.

“Shams, Jeff and Brett together bring an incredible track record of trusted and thorough reporting that will continue to build the quality and significance of our daily programming offerings,” Stadium CEO Jason Coyle said in the network’s official press release.

Charania role will be on Stadium’s broadcast offerings. The official press release describes his role as “Lead NBA Insider and Analyst.” Charania is excited about the on-camera work. “I’m thrilled to join Stadium and continue to develop my on-air repertoire. I feel the hunger and desire from everyone, top to bottom, and it gives me excitement for my next step.”

Goodman recently left ESPN after five years, where he served both as a college basketball insider and a reporter surrounding the NBA Draft. Any coming on-camera role at Stadium for him has not yet been announced.

McMurphy was recently the talk of the college football world, breaking the story of Zach Smith’s abuse of his now ex-wife and Urban Meyer’s and Ohio State’s failure to act on it exclusively through his Facebook page. He is a highly decorated reporter with stints at ESPN, AOL, and CBS Sports on his resume. McMurphy will retain his Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 vote.

“When we launched Stadium in 2017, our goal was to build a destination for sports fans that would be recognized as truly different – a fresh, credible voice that stood out from the crowd of opinionists shouting at each other in the studio,” Coyle said. “As these talented, hard-working, always-hustling journalists became available, it became clear that we had an opportunity to make a strong move, and I’m legitimately thrilled to add Shams, Jeff and Brett to the Stadium family.”

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Vox Media Layoffs Hit SB Nation Hard

“Not only are many writers and podcasters out, Awful Announcing reports that SB Nation’s coverage of hockey and soccer have taken major hits.”

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More layoffs hit Vox Media on Friday. The company laid off 7% of its workforce. That amounted to nearly 130 employees. A number of SB Nation employees took to social media to announce they were victims of the cuts.

Not only are many writers and podcasters out, but Awful Announcing also reports that SB Nation’s coverage of hockey and soccer has taken major hits. Entire team sites have been gutted and/or shut down.

The Twitter account for Massive Report, an SB Nation blog covering the Columbus Crew, reports that the site is no longer hosting any MLS team blogs.

Jim Bankoff, CEO of Vox Media, told staffers that the publishing industry is facing a “challenging economic environment”. The cuts are being made to adjust to those realities.

Vox Media’s union addressed the layoffs in a tweet. The organization says it is “furious at the way the company has approached these layoffs, and are currently discussing how to best serve those who just lost their jobs.”

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TikTok Testing Podcast Feature

“It also isn’t clear how podcasters would be able to take advantage of TikTok’s reach with their current shows.”

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TikTok wants in on podcasting. According to Business Insider, the app is going about things very differently from competitors in the social media space.

Facebook and Twitter failed to gain traction by adding traditional podcasts to their platforms. TikTok is testing a feature that would allow users to experience content on the app as audio-only.

Video is at the core of TikTok’s appeal. It is hard to see how offering the content in an audio-only mode appeals to the average user. It also isn’t clear how podcasters would be able to take advantage of TikTok’s reach with their current shows.

Every iteration of media struggles with attracting a younger audience. If podcasters can crack the code, TikTok could be what opens up a whole new audience to them. While more than a third of Americans use TikTok, an Edison Research study found that 61% of Americans between the ages of 12 and 34 use the app regularly.

While many sports entities have relationships with TikTok, what they currently put on the app isn’t necessarily designed to be consumed as audio only. If TikTok podcasts catch on, it could open up a whole new world of content creation for sports brands.

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Barstool Says Bussin With The Boys Podcast Banned From Radio Row

“According to rankings from Chartable, Bussin With The Boys is the 4th most-listened-to football podcast in the country.”

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The long-running feud between Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continues and it sounds like Glendale, Arizona is becoming ground zero for their companies’ latest standoff.

According to a tweet and subsequent blog post from Portnoy, Bussin With The Boys — a podcast hosted by NFL players Taylor Lewan and Will Compton — has been barred from entering Radio Row during Super Bowl week.

In a tweet, Compton — who has previously claimed he was kept out of the league in 2022 because of his association with Barstool Sports — purported to show a message from an NFL official that claimed “We credential current players but if this person has a contract with Barstool then we won’t be able to accommodate”.

Portnoy has been removed — sometimes forcibly — from NFL events over the course of the past few seasons. Barstool Sports led a large protest at Gillette Stadium during the 2017 season opener after the “Deflategate” scandal. The company also manufactured 70,000 towels with an image of Goodell with a bright red ball nose to insinuate that he is a clown.

Goodell has previously claimed – under oath – that he is not aware of a ban of Portnoy, even though Portnoy and members of the Barstool Sports staff have been removed from league events and have even been arrested at league headquarters during a protest.

According to rankings from Chartable, Bussin With The Boys is the 4th most-listened-to football podcast in the country, trailing only Pardon My Take, New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce, and The Herd with Colin Cowherd. It is the ninth most popular sports podcast according to those same rankings.

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