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DraftKings Wants to be Streaming Home of the NFL

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DraftKings has certainly had an interesting history. In 2015 alone the company went from being able to print money to being declared illegal by New York state virtually overnight. Now the company has an eye on the future, with a business model that they hope includes live game coverage.

Chief Revenue Officer Matt Kalish first kicked around the idea of DraftKings carrying live games on the SportsTechie podcast in February. Now, in an interview with Yahoo’s Daniel Roberts, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins says the company doesn’t want to stream just any live games. It wants to stream NFL games. He says the legalization of sports betting makes a partnership that would allow users to watch games in the same place they lay their wagers make sense.

I don’t think this is rocket science: I think media and betting will converge. There are so many synergies. The natural market forces should make media and sports betting converge. There are other blocking factors that could get in the way, but if you just left it up to market forces, that is what would happen.

Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing says there is one broadcast package that is an obvious fit for DraftKings. He says the company should pounce if the NFL really does intend to take the NFL Sunday Ticket package to the open market in 2019.

Think about it – the Sunday Ticket package on DirecTV is becoming something of a burden for the company and is losing relevance. The NFL might be opting out of their DirecTV contract next year and could take it to the open market. Imagine how perfect Sunday Ticket could be integrated online with DraftKings – video links next to your lineup for each player’s game. A mosaic screen with all of your players’ games included. Alerts and highlights when your players score points. It would be absolutely perfect for the daily fantasy fanatic.

While it would make logical sense, would it make financial sense? DirecTV paid a reported $1.5 billion for NFL Sunday Ticket in its last contract. Are enough people playing daily fantasy sports to cover that bill? Even if DraftKings was content to carry just one game per week, Amazon doled out $65 million for its Thursday night package. Are enough people playing daily fantasy sports to cover that considerably smaller bill?

DraftKings is starting much smaller in their streaming efforts. The company will begin streaming European basketball games this season.

 

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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.”

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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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