Hollingsworth & Duncan Podcast Added To Locked On
“A 9-minute preview of Hollinger and Duncan’s new podcast is currently available, but their first full episode will be released Monday, October 21st.“
Locked On Podcast Network announced the addition of the Hollinger & Duncan NBA Show to their roster.
The new show features Nate Duncan, host of the popular Dunc’d On podcast, as he partners with NBA analytics pioneer and former Memphis Grizzlies VP of Basketball Operations, John Hollinger. Duncan launched his NBA salary cap and scouting focused Dunc’d On podcast in 2015, after successfully practicing Law for eight years. A 9-minute preview of Hollinger and Duncan’s new podcast is currently available, but their first full episode will be released Monday, October 21st.
In the announcement, Duncan expressed excitement about hosting a show with one of his idols. “John was basically my inspiration to get into basketball journalism. He’s been the writing gold standard for me since I first stumbled across his original site Alleyoop.com in 2002. Not only a basketball analytics pioneer, John’s expertise on every aspect of the NBA from scouting to game breakdowns to the salary cap means we can analyze anything that goes on in the NBA,” Duncan said. “We plan to bring top-level analysis of the league, its teams, and its players, but most importantly we want to be the first podcast that takes listeners behind the curtain of what is really going on in front offices.”
Duncan and Hollinger’s passion for the NBA will be highlighted, as they join the platform built by another basketball-rooted personality, Utah Jazz radio play-by-play voice and Locked On founder, David Locke.
“Locked On is the established leader in daily, local NBA podcasts along with having the #1 NBA fantasy basketball podcast in the country,” said Locke. “We are excited to now have three distinct national NBA podcasts to serve our avid basketball audience. The expert league coverage provided by our daily Locked On NBA podcast team, the powerhouse analysts of Hollinger & Duncan and the unique insights found in our twice weekly Rejecting The Screen podcast.”
Locke has previously worked with both Hollinger and Duncan. Hollinger recalled joining Locke on a Utah Jazz radio broadcast a decade ago.
“David is the ‘podfather’ of basketball podcasting, and has been both a friend and an admired broadcaster of mine for a long time. In fact, I had the pleasure of seeing him work in real-time when I joined him on a Jazz-Hawks broadcast in 2009. His back has never recovered from carrying me that day,” Hollinger said in the press release. “I’ve been a fan of his Locked On network from afar ever since, and I’m so happy to be able to join up with him in this venture.”
With an extensive network of sports coverage featuring NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and College team shows, the Locked On podcast network continues to see its audience increase, reaching 6-million monthly listens.
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Pat McAfee: I Tried To Give NFL Insiders Chance To Break Adam Thielen Signing
“I gave eight minutes there to be like, this is not my game.”
Pat McAfee wishes NFL insiders like Ian Rapoport would break league news while appearing on his show. He never thought he would have the chance to break some free agency news himself.
Over the weekend, wide receiver Adam Thielen reached out to McAfee on Twitter asking if Pat wanted to break some news. McAfee hesitated initially before responding, but Thielen tipped McAfee off about his new deal with the Carolina Panthers.
On his show Monday, McAfee said part of the reason he waited was because he wanted to give the true insiders like Rapoport a chance to report it first.
“I am not an insider’s business person, and I assume every minute counts in this entire game,” McAfee said.
Pat added that he thought with time being of the essence, eight minutes was more than enough time for the insiders to do their part.
“I gave eight minutes there to be like, this is not my game,” McAfee said. “There’s people that work their f***ing asses off to get this type of thing.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Peter King: Adam Schefter Shouldn’t Be Surprised Aaron Rodgers Told Him to ‘Pound Sand’
“Being a celebrity or a public figure in no way diminishes anyone’s right-to-privacy vs an unknown neighbor two blocks over.”
Colleague or not, Peter King is not running to defend Adam Schefter after the ESPN NFL insider was told “lose my number” by Aaron Rodgers last week. In this week’s Football Morning in America column, King writes that even though he is a celebrity at the center of the NFL’s biggest story, Rodgers still has the right to privacy if he wants it.
“Adam Schefter is free to pursue leads and stories and info/rumor confirmation in any legal manner he sees fit,” King wrote. “But if Aaron Rodgers did not personally provide a contact tel # to Adam Schefter and grant permission for Schefter to contact him, then Schefter should be neither chagrined nor surprised when Rodgers tells him to go pound sand.”
Schefter has not complained about the interaction, though some colleagues have called Aaron Rodgers out. It seemed he published the text exchange in good spirits after Rodgers talked about it on The Pat McAfee Show.
Peter King notes that there was a time when the NFL made sure reporters had every phone number they needed. That isn’t the case anymore and he understands why.
“I’ve witnessed the pendulum swing, from the days of everybody knowing (or having access to) everybody else’s phone number, to heightened privacy concerns a few decades later, now to google providing instant access to background checks and personal info on billions of people worldwide, with just a few clicks,” he wrote. “Being a celebrity or a public figure in no way diminishes anyone’s right-to-privacy vs an unknown neighbor two blocks over.”
King also acknowledges that it may be hard for the audience, particularly its younger members, to understand his position. We live in a world where so many put their lives on social media. If Aaron Rodgers isn’t one of those people though, King writes it is not unreasonable for him to be put off by someone having his contact information that he did not give it to.
Dan Le Batard: ‘Does Sports Media Care if Interviews Are Done Well?’
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is.”
Mike Greenberg had praise for Jalen Rose this week. He said that no one but his ESPN colleague could have handled the interview with Ja Morant that has been airing on the network. Dan Le Batard has the exact opposite opinion of what he saw.
“What I saw was soft and didn’t seem to serve anybody except ESPN,” Le Batard said on his Thursday show. “This seems to be a lot of people around the economy of basketball and Ja Morant orchestrating an interview so Ja Morant can move onto the next stage of his branding.”
Whereas Greenberg thought the shared experience of an NBA career made Rose more likely to get answers from Morant, Le Batard said it created a problem. He accused Rose of letting Morant get away with using “talking points” in lieu of answering any actual questions about the string of erratic behavior and disturbing incidents the Memphis Grizzlies star has been involved with.
It wasn’t the only interview that Dan Le Batard pointed to. He noted that Pat McAfee’s interview with Aaron Rodgers may have drawn an audience of nearly half a million, but very little substance was offered.
“Does anybody in the audience, in sports fandom, or even, at this point, in sports media companies, care in a real and legitimate way whether the interview is done well or not?”
He added that the standard has changed for these interviews because the goal has changed. They are no longer about journalism as much as they are about branding, particularly in the case of ESPN’s exclusive interview with Ja Morant.
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is,” Le Batard concluded. “All you need, if you’re the media partner, is please get me the famous guy to sit down.”