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Scott Van Pelt Debuts New Podcast Next Week

“On the new podcast, Van Pelt will also expand on his SportsCenter segment One Big Thing and be joined by his Bad Beats co-host “Stanford” Steve Coughlin.”

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ESPN announced Scott Van Pelt is being added to their podcast network. SVPod is set to debut next Tuesday, Jan. 14 as a weekly show featuring interviews and commentary. 

As one of ESPN’s most recognizable personalities, Van Pelt has anchored their late-night version of SportsCenter since 2015. On the new podcast, Van Pelt will also expand on his SportsCenter segment One Big Thing and be joined by his Bad Beats co-host “Stanford” Steve Coughlin. 

“As much as I enjoy the SportsCenter show we get to do at midnight, it doesn’t always provide the time and space for all I want to get to,” Van Pelt said in ESPN’s press release.  “I look at interviews we had with Patrick Beverley, Matthew McConaughey or Rakim as examples of times when the conversation was so interesting to me that it went on far beyond what we had room for on TV. Obviously, a podcast allows as much leeway as we’d like. To take the deeper dives with guests, and flush out topics that matter will be fun.”

“My love of radio was well documented and this is as close as I am likely to find for the time being,” Van Pelt added. “I’m grateful to have to chance to throw some headphones on and have at it. My guy Stanford Steve will be involved, as always. In what capacity, I am not certain. I might just lay out and let him carry the show. Might be better. We look forward to seeing you soon.”

Van Pelt was previously featured on ESPN Radio’s national lineup of shows from 2008-2015. During those seven years, Van Pelt spent time working solo, also co-hosting with former ESPN personalities Mike Tirico and Ryen Russillo separately.

In 2015, Van Pelt departed radio to become the solo anchor for a midnight-edition of SportsCenter. Van Pelt uses his personality and wit to connect with viewers in a more creative way than traditionally setting up sports highlights. 

“Scott has always had a great connection with his audience, on TV or on radio, which is all the more critical in a podcast format,” said Tom Ricks, vice president, digital marketing and strategy in ESPN Audio. “The audience will enjoy his interview style and his insightful thoughts on the biggest stories and most interesting people in sports.”

Each weekly episode of SVPod will be approximately 30-45 minutes.

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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SiriusXM Inks Extension For ‘Let’s Go!’ With Tom Brady

“I know we just went through an hour of telling everybody you’re not coming back, but we’re gonna be right here on Let’s Go! for the next two years on SiriusXM.”

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While Tom Brady won’t be sitting in the top FOX Sports analyst’s chair until 2024, he’ll continue his Let’s Go! show for SiriusXM.

Nearing the conclusion of his appearance on the latest episode, host Jim Gray revealed the show and SiriusXM have agreed to an extension to keep the seven-time Super Bowl winner with the platform.

“Hey Tommy, we have one last announcement as we wrap up the program,” said Gray. “You’re coming back. I know we just went through an hour of telling everybody you’re not coming back, but we’re gonna be right here on Let’s Go! for the next two years on SiriusXM. We look forward to convening and our co-host Larry Fitzgerald will stay with us as well.”

Brady, in conjunction with Gray and Fitzgerald, launched Let’s Go! in August of 2021.

“Thank you guys, we appreciate the support,” Brady said of SiriusXM President Scott Greenstein and Senior Vice President of Sports Programming Steve Cohen. “We appreciate our fans, and look forward to many more fun years ahead.”

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Mike Francesa: 2 Week Break Before Super Bowl Leads to Media Interviewing Each Other

“It’s one game and you’re spending two weeks analyzing one game, and it’s just too much.”

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Many in the sports media and general media world have converged in Phoenix this week for the Super Bowl, but Mike Francesa isn’t the biggest fan of the build-up to the game.

The Phoenix Convention Center is playing host to this year’s radio row, where many of the storylines leading into the big game are dissected six times over the course of a day.

On his BetRivers podcast, Francesa said he’s never been the biggest fan of Super Bowl week and even taking two weeks between the conference title games.

“I’ve never liked these two weeks up to the Super Bowl,” Francesa said on The Mike Francesa Podcast. “I’ve never liked this week with all the hype and nonsense.”

Francesa added that at this point, all the storylines for both teams competing have been played out.

“People don’t know what to say anymore. It’s like they’re interviewing each other,” he said. “Nobody has anything to say or knows what to say.”

Still, Francesa finished his point by saying there’s an overflow of coverage leading up to the Super Bowl.

“It’s one game and you’re spending two weeks analyzing one game, and it’s just too much,” he said. “But there’s no way around it. That’s the way it works.”

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More Media Credentials Issued For Super Bowl LVII Than Ever Before

More than 6,000 media members from over 24 countries have received credentials to cover Super Bowl LVII on Sunday.

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Almost three years removed from the COVID-19 pandemic completely shutting down the world, the Super Bowl host city is now bustling with media once again covering the NFL’s championship game.

According to Front Office Sports, more than 6,000 media members from over 24 countries have received credentials to cover Super Bowl LVII on Sunday. That figure is up 13% from last year. In 2021, during the peak of the pandemic, only 2,400 media members were allowed to cover the game in Tampa.

A number at or above 6,000 would mean a return of the number of media members covering the game back to pre-pandemic levels.

This year’s Super Bowl is airing on FOX.

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