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SB Nation Launches Against All Enemies Podcast

“Mears, a Navy graduate, will serve as the host of the weekly roundtable of Scott Lopez, Kaylah Jackson and Austin Lanteigne. Each member of the show has ties to a military academy.”

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One of the most respected games in all of college football is the Army-Navy game, yet it isn’t overly publicized or covered outside of the game itself. Ironically, that also means Air Force is largely left unnoticed when it come to the 3-way battle for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which the Falcons have won 20 times to Navy’s 15 and Army’s eight.

SB Nation saw the gap in coverage and in late 2018 started Against All Enemies, a new take on SB Nation’s individual team coverage format which instead focuses entirely on the Division I military academies and all the sports they participate in. Thursday saw the next step for the brand as the Against All Enemies Podcast debuted.

“This was something I felt very strongly about,” said Justin Mears said about the entire Against All Enemies project in an announcement for the podcast. “I had pushed SB Nation for a couple of years that they should consider adding a site dedicated to service academy athletics, because I knew that this was a chance to shed some light on three schools (and other military interest stories) that compete in Division One athletics but don’t always get to share the spotlight in the media with the blue bloods of college athletics.”

Mears, a Navy graduate, will serve as the host of the weekly roundtable of Scott Lopez, Kaylah Jackson and Austin Lanteigne. Each member of the show has ties to a military academy. Lopez is an Air Force graduate, Jackson is enlisted in the Army (the only enlisted contributor on the site) while Lantiegne graduated from the Naval Academy in 2009.

“I think we have a good mix of personalities and coverage for each of the three schools,” Mears added. “The beauty of discussing three rivals on the same podcast each and every week is that there will no doubt be some contention and disagreement as to who is the best service academy (that’s easy, it’s Navy) and what the landscape looks like for service academy athletics.”

With Masters Week in full swing, Billy Hurley III is the first guest on the show. Hurley is a 2004 Naval Academy graduate and stands as the only military veteran on the PGA Tour.

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Lachlan Murdoch: ‘FOX Bet Has Been Disappointing’

“In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch.”

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FOX is the only network to have a stake in the sports betting industry. The network partnered with FanDuel to launch FOX Bet in 2019. So far, FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch has not been pleased with the results.

In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch. He called the performance thus far “disappointing.”

Sports betting is a crowded marketplace. It is possible that players are watching games on FOX and seeing advertisements for the betting app, but are choosing to trust their experience to companies like FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, and other companies that are more commonly associated with gambling.

Murdoch believes that a dispute with FanDuel owner Flutter has set FOX Bet back. The two companies have been involved in a standoff over who owns which aspects of FOX Bet and what price FOX is obligated to pay in order to acquire an 18.6% stake in FanDuel. Murdoch says everything “should be resolved by the summer.”

In March, Bloomberg reported that the app is struggling to find new players. FOX Bet is one of the betting partners of the NFL and can advertise its services during games in the fall, but its potential is hindered by only being available to bettors in four states.

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Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022

“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”

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Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.

It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.

The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.

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Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State

“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”

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Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.

He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”

He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.

The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.

Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.

The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.

Others used the feud to create comedy.

Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.

The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.

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