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Dell & Sonya Curry Launch Raising Fame Podcast

“The podcast titled Raising Fame will feature stories from people who raised icons in all professional realms.”

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Cadence13, a division of Entercom’s RADIO.COM announced a new podcast featuring former NBA player Dell Curry and his wife Sonya. Dell and Sonya are the parents of Seth, Sydel and three-time NBA champion Steph Curry. 

The podcast titled Raising Fame will feature stories from people who raised icons in all professional realms. Season one will focus on sports, with Dell and Sonya Curry as hosts, sharing their personal family story and interviewing others who raised sports legends.  

“As the proud parents of Steph, Seth and Sydel Curry, we know firsthand the highs and lows, the pain and the glory, of raising fame in the world of sports,” Dell and Sonya Curry said via the press release. “We can’t wait to share the raw, honest, and inspirational stories of these legends—from when they were kids with a gift and a dream to the greatness they’ve achieved today—told by the people who know them best, and whose love and influence were instrumental in their success. We’re excited to partner with Cadence13 to bring these conversations to listeners nationwide.”

The podcast will highlight stories of parents, single moms, single dads, stepparents, grandparents and adoptive parents of some of the most well-known athletes in recent decades, including: Tom Brady; Vince Carter; Coco Gauff; Rob Gronkowski; Damian Lillard; Shaquille O’Neal; Chris Paul; Michael Phelps; Megan Rapinoe; Klay Thompson; Dwayne Wade; Venus and Serena Williams; and Russell Wilson.

“On Raising Fame, listeners will get a deeply personal, insider’s look at the lives and formative years of many of the most extraordinary athletes of our time” said Spencer Brown, SVP, RADIO.COM Podcast Network. “Dell and Sonya Curry’s own family story and perspective make them the ideal hosts for this edition of this one-of-a-kind podcast series, and we’re thrilled to partner with them and TCS Media to bring these compelling stories to a wide audience of sports fans, families and beyond.”

While Steph Curry is the most well-known athlete in the family, his brother Seth is in the middle of his sixth season in the NBA and their sister Sydel is a former college volleyball player. Their mother Sonya was a top volleyball player at Virginia Tech and their father Dell retired from a 16-year NBA career in 2002 as the Charlotte Hornets all-time scoring leader. 

“The parents of superstars have fascinating stories to tell about how their kids came to be the icons of today — but they rarely get the chance to share more than a quick headline,” said Tracy Chutorian Semler and Eric Semler, the creators and producers of Raising Fame. “We’re so excited to work with the Currys and Cadence13 to shed light on these extraordinary tales, and to bring the parents’ wisdom and guidance to our listeners.”

The new podcast debuts Feb. 6, with the first half of a two-part series featuring Dell and Sonya Curry. Part two will be available Feb. 8, with episode three featuring Russell Wilson’s mother Tami Wilson being released Feb. 11. Future episodes are expected to be made available on Tuesdays. 

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

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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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Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM

“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”

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A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.

“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”

The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.

The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports. 

“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts.  “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team.  They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.” 

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