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Will Cain Says He Never Felt He Couldn’t Be Himself At ESPN

“He did also mention some employees at ESPN would agree privately with his viewpoints.”

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On the latest episode of his Wins & Losses podcastOutkick The Coverage’s Clay Travis got the chance to interview former ESPN personality Will Cain as Cain gets set to begin his new role on FOX News this weekend. He will be one of the hosts on Fox & Friends Weekend from 6-10 AM ET. 

Over the course of almost 90 minutes, Travis and Cain dove into Cain’s interesting career path, his time at ESPN, his takes on sports media, the latest news with the Big Ten and PAC-12 postponing football, and much more. 

When Cain talked about his life experiences such as working on a ranch in Montana shortly after college, he discussed with Travis how he felt that life should be a challenge for people. “I think you should be put in uncomfortable situations,” he said.

When the two of them did get into sports, Cain did mention that with the latest postponements of fall football, he does not believe that we know the full effects that kind of a decision can have. 

“I mean in terms of mental health, I mean in terms of the future prospect of these athletes careers. I mean in terms of the ability to have these spaces where we can unify together and have fun. I don’t think we fully know the cost of cancelling college football.”

Cain worked at ESPN beginning in March 2015. Once he got there, he told Travis that it was not hard for him to voice his opinions. He mentioned no one at ESPN ever told him what he could or couldn’t say and that they never made him feel unwanted. 

“I came from politics. I was much more rough and tumble, I was maybe even naive that my point of view would be so out of the ordinary in sports,” Cain said. “If you share a point of view that the guardians of sports media don’t like, you are absolutely at risk of being branded a racist, you are at risk of being branded someone on the wrong side of history and immoral and you really should, in their estimation, have your platform taken away.”

Cain continued saying that a lack of diversity of opinion is not just an ESPN problem.

“I don’t think this is unique to ESPN. Over the last 6 months, this idea that you can only have one point of view has absolutely had rocket boosters on it. It didn’t ever manifest in ‘we don’t want Will on air.’ ESPN supported me, they wanted me. They wanted me to stay at ESPN when my contract was up and we were negotiating. The role of social critics, the role of blogs and critics, and the like-mindedness in media has really forced everything to become monolithically one point of view.”

While Cain’s viewpoints were different than many of his co-workers, he did tell Travis that most of his relationships with his co-workers were good and that the ones he had with people such as Stephen A. Smith, Tim Hasselbeck, Damien Woody, Marcus Spears, and Dan Orlovsky were some he wanted to maintain. He did also mention some employees at ESPN would agree privately with his viewpoints.

“I think that as the points of view have gotten more extreme in the media as a whole, I think more people are gravitating to my position when they seem grounded in reason and rationality. I am a little disappointed sometimes that they feel these ways privately, but don’t say it publicly. Sometimes, it can be even as innocuous as saying Will Cain is good or Will Cain is right can be controversial. I understand, it’s a very rational choice to make to be quiet.”

At the end of the interview, Cain mentioned advice he gave to somebody about the radio industry and how he does not let what other people say about him define him.

“I told them take what you say very seriously, but do not take yourself very seriously. I allowed people to say you are a racist to me on air. I required them to back it up and I sometimes got mad, but I usually got over it pretty quickly. I will let that person come back on my radio show. I know who I am and they don’t get to define it, I define who I am. I don’t hold really big grudges.”

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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