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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.“

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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.   

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Big Cat: Listening to ESPN Wisconsin After Packers Playoff Loss ‘Highlight of My NFL Season’

“For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

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During a recent interview with Barstool Sports, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a poignant question for noted Chicago Bears fan Dan “Big Cat” Katz that he then used to slam the Packers quarterback while also expressing his enjoyment for Green Bay fans.

“Is it hard, for you as a Bears fan, that some of your greatest moments are cheering against me when the Bears aren’t playing?”, the Packers quarterback half-jokingly asked.

“Very good question,” Katz responded. “No, it’s actually great, because what I’ve told everyone is — I’m very realistic about the Bears — ‘not a great franchise, (the Bears) just don’t do the right things’ for the most part. Every year I look forward to the playoffs and the game that you’re going to lose. I’ve told this story on air, but, when you guys lost to San Francisco this year we were watching the game in New Jersey and I drove back to Brooklyn — brag — and I listened to (Mark) Tauscher. For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

Rodgers laughed at Big Cat as he delivered the message, seemingly getting genuine joy out of the conversation.

“I know I’m a loser,” Katz continued. “That’s the best part. I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m a loser, so yes, watching you lose in the playoffs is…that’s my Super Bowl. And I’ve won a lot of Super Bowls if you do it that way. More than you.”

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Michael Silver Joins San Francisco Chronicle

“I’m ecstatic to join forces with some of my favorite journalists and be part of a publication I’ve been devouring for decades — in the greatest region on Earth,” Silver told The Chronicle.

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Veteran NFL reporter Michael Silver is joining The San Francisco Chronicle as their newest NFL columnist.

Silver will continue his work with The Volume, Bally Sports, and Backstage Media in addition to adding a column with the Chronicle.

“I’m ecstatic to join forces with some of my favorite journalists and be part of a publication I’ve been devouring for decades — in the greatest region on Earth,” Silver told The Chronicle. “It will be a thrill to write columns alongside Scott Ostler, a living legend, and my amazingly talented friend Ann Killion, who I’ve dreamed of working with since we were competing on the 49ers beat in the early ’90s. … As a native San Franciscan, this feels like home.

Silver has previously written for Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, GQ, NFL Network, and Yahoo! Sports, among others. He’s also authored books on Jerry Rice, Kurt Warner, and Dennis Rodman.

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Skip Bayless Tries to Win Debate Rounds ‘Like Muhammad Ali’

“I must admit I have been known upon rare occasion to try to win a debate the way Ali won rounds with a flurry at the end trying to get the last word also going through the stop or wrap sign.”

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When people watch debate shows, they sometimes don’t want the debate to end. However, bills have to get paid and commercials have to be shown. However, when is the right time for a debate show to air a commercial? On the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show, Skip was asked in an email by a listener about when he and Shannon Sharpe know to go to a debate on UNDISPUTED on FS1. Bayless said the show has more room to roam in the first two hours, but eventually, he gets the signal from his line producer.

“We loosely plan on 22-23 minutes in what we call our A block. We block out 25-ish minutes for our B block, which is the only block in the show that has two topics in it.”

“Our line producer in the control room, Nick, who is in our ears. He tries to sense along the trail when we are winding down or when we are trying to push the clock too far. His first cue to us in our ears, he tries to avoid speaking when we are speaking, the first cue is ‘start to wrap’. Then, a minute or so later, he says ‘wrap’. If we continue to not wrap, maybe we get a much stronger ‘wrap’.”

However, it might not be easy for Bayless and Sharpe to end the debate, especially if they both want to be the one who wins the argument. So, sometimes, they can easily go past the hard wrap sign that is given.

“Sometimes the guy sitting across from me at the debate desk gets all worked up and barrels right through that stop sign. I must admit I have been known upon rare occasion to try to win a debate the way Ali won rounds with a flurry at the end trying to get the last word also going through the stop or wrap sign,” said Bayless.

If there is one thing that Bayless is proud of, it’s the fact that UNDISPUTED has never gone past the allotted time, which allows The HERD with Colin Cowherd to begin on schedule.

“I must tell you not in 6 years have we ever not finished a show right on time. Not once have we pushed Colin over the cliff as he begins his show. That is just not acceptable.” 

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