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Arash Markazi Exits Los Angeles Times

“In mid-July, The Times began formally investigating the accusations as Vice News reported specific examples of plagiarism against Markazi.”

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One month after Arash Markazi was placed on paid leave by the Los Angeles Times, his year and a half tenure with the paper came to an end amid accusations of plagiarism. 

A longtime sports columnist and Los Angeles native, Markazi announced his resignation from The Times in an Instagram post Friday. Markazi was graceful in his exit and called working for the LA Times a “dream come true,” making no mention of the plagiarism allegations. A non-disparagement agreement prevents him from commenting further. 

In mid-July, The Times began formally investigating the accusations as Vice News reported specific examples of plagiarism against Markazi. The report also stated members of the paper’s sports staff campaigned against their colleague, sending a letter to management which claimed plagiarism and improper use of social media by Markazi.

It’s important to note that while Markazi is being accused of plagiarism, none of the accusations include stealing work from other journalists. In each instance of plagiarism laid out by Vice News last month, they were all either examples of Markazi recycling his own work or pulling a sentence from a press release to provide information such as ticket prices or contractual numbers.

In the case of recycling his own content, Vice News provided two columns from Markazi, one from ESPN in 2018 and the other from the LA Times last year.

For an ESPN column in 2018, Markazi offered the following description of watching March Madness at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas:

“… 40,000-square-foot ballroom on the fourth floor, complete with 12 22’x12′ HD projection screens, a center bar surrounded by 16 more HD monitors, a hardwood basketball court and a dedicated on-site sportsbook. Admission to the party, which included an open bar for 13 hours, went for $225 each and sold out on Thursday and Friday. The party attracted more than 6,000 customers over the first three days of the tournament.”

One year later, Markazi provided an almost identical description of the hotel for his column with the LA Times. 

“… 40,000-square-foot ballroom on the fourth floor into a giant “man cave” complete with 22 22-foot-by-12-foot HD projection screens, a center bar surrounded by 16 more HD monitors, a hardwood basketball court and a dedicated on-site sports book. Admission to the party, which included an open bar for 13 hours, went for $225 each day and sold out on Thursday and Friday. The party attracted more than 6,000 customers over the first three days of the tournament.”

Markazi recycled his own content in offering statistics for the Cosmopolitan Hotel. But he fact checked and adjusted the information as shown by the additional ten 22-foot-by-12-foot HD projection screens that were added from 2018-2019. It was recycled details and information, not even an opinion or idea. 

similar instance occurred in 2016 when Tom Kludt, then of CNN, noticed Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press gave an opinion of Colin Kaepernick which paralleled a 2003 column he wrote about Manhattanville College basketball player Toni Smith, who turned her back to the American flag during the national anthem to protest the Iraq War. This after Albom was suspended for a short period by the paper in 2005, for fabricating a column which described two NBA players as being in attendance for an NCAA Final Four game even though they weren’t there. 

Neither incident led to Albom parting ways with the Detroit Free Press

While LA Times staffers were also reportedly critical of Markazi’s social life and social media presence, the paper seemed supportive of his reach when they sent him to the Super Bowl in 2019. The intent of the trip was to “experience Super Bowl week in South Beach with Arash Markazi as your guide.”

“I’m going to be reporting this trip in real time at @LATimesSports on Twitter and also on latimes.com/sports,” Markazi wrote ahead of the 2019 Super Bowl where he was on assignment with the purpose of giving LA Times’ readers an inside look at the event’s parties. 

Vice News also reported updates were recently made to the examples of plagiarism from Markazi’s LA Times columns in question.

For context on those columns, Markazi mentioned Clayton Kershaw’s nonprofit on Dec. 16, 2019, he then referenced and wrote their mission statement, “…seeks to serve vulnerable and at-risk children living in L.A., Dallas, Zambia and the Dominican Republic.”

The Aug. 7 update as noted by Laura Wagner gave attribution to Kershaw’s charity for use of their mission statement. 

Markazi’s actions can certainly be construed as lazy or corner-cutting, but the headline of “plagiarism” is essentially journalistic suicide and implies stolen work. With that in mind, it’s fair to ask what was more damning for Markazi as he exits his dream job – his actions, or the co-worker campaign against him.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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