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Mike Golic Addressed The Ending of His ESPN Radio Run on Pardon My Take

The 45-minute conversation covered the end of his run with ESPN Radio, his relationship with Mike Greenberg, and more.

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Mike Golic joined Big Cat and PFT Commenter on Pardon My Take for a 45-minute conversation which covered the end of his run with ESPN Radio, the final hour of the show, Golic’s impact on listeners, the end of Mike and Mike, his relationship with Mike Greenberg, and more.

Golic acknowledged during the episode that the ending of his run in mornings was more bitter than sweet since the choice wasn’t his call. He said he wished he was still doing the show, and hopes to do mornings again, reminding the PMT crew that he’s not retired and plans to keep working.

When the conversation switched to his relationship with Greenberg, Golic confirmed the way Mike & Mike ended created a strain for the former morning show teammates. Then once Greeny started hosting ‘Get Up‘ and Golic began teaming with Trey Wingo, it made it harder to stay in touch. He mentioned that when they run into each other at events they’ll be cordial, but they don’t stay in touch and it’s a shame.

The part that bothered Golic most about the ending of the morning show was the lack of transparency from ESPN management. He confirmed that he learned of the show ending thru a media report, and he let the key decision makers know he wasn’t happy since he’s always tried to handle business privately rather than publicly. Regardless of how it went down, Golic said he understands that shows don’t last forever, and it doesn’t do any good to sit around and complain. He then asked management to let him return to working on college football games and is excited to do it if a season does indeed take place.

The interview also included Golic’s advice to Big Cat and PFT on how to create a sustainable professional relationship, how he’d have advised his kids to proceed with playing college football if they were in school right now, how his son Mike Jr. has handled criticism from people saying he got his shot at ESPN because of his dad, adjusting from teaming with Greeny to working with Trey, the challenges to keeping weight off, and more.

To hear the full episode click here.

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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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