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Clay Travis Adding Staff To Outkick The Coverage

“Now, according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, beyond Glasspiegel, Burack and Shamburger, Outkick has plans of hiring another five to 10 contributors.”

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Last week, Ryan Glasspiegel, Bobby Burack and Michael Shamburger, all formerly of The Big Lead, began their new roles as full-time contributors to Clay Travis’ Outkick the Coverage. 

When the trio of hires were announced, the initial report from Sports Business Journal stated Outkick would continue to expand. Now, according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, beyond Glasspiegel, Burack and Shamburger, Outkick has plans of hiring another five to 10 contributors. The platform’s goal is to cover gambling, pop culture, college and pro football. 

“I expect it to be a multimedia, full-service company where people are able to come and spend time during the course of their day and, hopefully, get a little bit smarter than they otherwise would be,” Travis told McCarthy.

Audio, video and written content, Podcasts, Periscope and Facebook videos will all be featured as part of Outkick’s continued emphasis on growing the platform. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, similar multimedia sites such as Barstool Sports and The Ringer were sold, with Barstool receiving a $450 million valuation as gaming company Penn National purchased a majority stake in the company. The Ringer was sold to Spotify for $200 million.

As McCarthy notes, ComScore rankings show Barstool drew 7.92 million unique U.S. visitors in March, The Ringer drew 1.14 million. Outkick, however, was not listed. Despite a strong social media presence, significant traffic gains are needed for Outkick’s website to reach the levels of Barstool or The Ringer. 

Outkick is fully owned by Travis, containing no affiliation with his radio and TV home of FOX Sports. But just like Barstool and The Ringer were sold, Travis is certainly willing to look at any potential business partnership for Outkick.

“I’m open to anything that makes good financial sense. I never like to say no to anything,” he told McCarthy. “We’ve had lots of people ask before. As we grow larger and larger I’m sure more will ask. But no plans to do anything other than producing good original content and continuing to grow.”

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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network

“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”

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Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.

“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”

Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.

“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’

“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.

In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.

The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”

He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO

“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

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Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).

DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.

Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.

“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”

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