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VSiN Exiting SiriusXM To Pursue Broader Audiences on Free Audio Platforms

“VSiN’s free audio programming will become available starting January 1st. Their partnership with SiriusXM will end on December 31st.”

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VSiN has its sights set on expanding its national footprint by distributing their content on free audio platforms. To do so, the sports betting content company will soon be leaving SiriusXM, with additional announcements to come regarding the network’s terrestrial plans.

Since arriving on the scene in 2017, VSiN has produced high quality sports betting audio, video and written content. The company has hired a number of top personalities including Brent Musburger, Mike Lombardi, Mitch Moss, Pauly Howard, and Mike Pritchard, just to name a few. The network has partnered with groups such as SiriusXM, MSG, NESN, Marquee Sports Network, Rogers SportsNet, the English Premier League and iHeartMedia, as well as many of America’s sports radio stations as a result of producing daily Action Updates.

But to increase its audience and path to larger revenues in legalized sports betting states, a bold move had to be made. VSiN made the difficult decision to leave satellite radio, and is now focused on ramping up their podcasting and “betcasting” efforts, while also gearing up for terrestrial expansion.

VSiN’s free audio programming will become available starting January 1st. Their partnership with SiriusXM will end on December 31st. The two companies have been partners since February 2017, 18 months before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing states to legalize sports betting.

“We’re ready to take things to the next level and are close to announcing a deal that will even further expand that reach by making VSiN available to significantly more people and on more devices for free, across the globe” said VSiN founder and CEO Brian Musburger in an internal memo. “Additional reach on more devices will also mitigate some of the new challenges brought by the pandemic, specifically the fact that more and more people are listening from home instead of during their daily commutes to and from work.”

SiriusXM was an important part of VSiN’s launch. Musburger said he appreciates the company offering his brand a platform when it was the first and only network dedicated to sports betting. The exposure on SiriusXM helped VSiN ignite its exponential growth over the past nearly 4 years, but now the company must expand its offerings in order to reach the next phase of its growth. 

With sports betting now legal in 22 states, and others expected to follow suit, VSiN is well positioned to attract interest from radio operators across the country. Currently, the network distributes seven podcasts through the iHeartRadio platform. Expect more news on the company’s expansion plans in the near future.

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Charles Barkley: ‘I Want to Be on TV Less’

“His contract with Warner Bros. Discovery runs through 2024-25.”

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It’s possible you could see Charles Barkley appearing occasionally on CNN.

Reports from The Wall Street Journal and Variety this week indicate the cable news network is close to finishing a deal that would have Gayle King on the network. Rumors have said that the network would like to have Barkley join her, but Barkley says nothing is decided on his end.

In an appearance on Bickley & Marotta on Arizona Sports on Tuesday, the Suns legend and NBA on TNT analyst said he and King are friends so this wouldn’t be a situation where the duo would be coming in green.

“I’ve gotten to know her well through the years through my relationship with Oprah (Winfrey) and she’s just cool,” Barkley said. “I said, ‘I would consider doing a show with Gayle, one day a week starting in the fall.'”

But Barkley, 60, reiterated what he’s made known for a while now: he doesn’t plan on sticking around in the TV business for too much longer. His contract with Warner Bros. Discovery runs through 2024-25. So this CNN opportunity could be pretty limited in scope, which is what Charles desired.

“It’ll only be one day a week if I decide to do it,” Barkley said. “I said, ‘No, I don’t want to be on TV more. I want to be on TV less.'”

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John Kincade: Thursday Night Football Flex Vote About ‘Licking Jeff Bezos’s Boots’

“For these billionaires to be licking his boots? Embarrassing. They can’t do this. It’s obnoxious.”

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A report claims that at the NFL owners meetings, a proposal to give the league the ability to implement flex scheduling for Thursday Night Football was proposed. 97.5 The Fanatic’s John Kincade was flabbergasted at the idea.

The proposal would allow the NFL to move scheduled games in the final weeks of the season from Sunday to Thursday. The league would also have to change the rule that teams could only play one Thursday Night Football game per season to accommodate the change.

During The John Kincade Show Tuesday, the host claimed that even considering the idea was simply a matter of the owners kowtowing to Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, whose company — Prime Video — broadcasts the package.

“They’re licking Jeff Bezos’s boots,” Kincade said. “I can only imagine buddies running trips and fans go ‘Ok, I’m going to the Eagles game on Sunday. I’m flying in Friday, spend two nights in a hotel, and fly out Monday’. Oh no you’re not, the game’s been moved to Thursday night. This is freaking ridiculous, and shining Bezos’s shoes is freaking embarrassing. For these billionaires to be licking his boots? Embarrassing. They can’t do this. It’s obnoxious.”

Kincade continued by marvelling at the idea even being floated to the public.

“To me, it’s just such a dumb idea. But sometimes those things happen in sports.”

The 97.5 The Fanatic host is not the only sports media member who has shared their displeasure with the proposal this week. Monday Morning Quarterback’s Peter King aired similar sentiments, saying “We can all agree this seems insane.”

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Mike Francesa: BetRivers Podcast Is Enough For Me Right Now

“I’ve had a couple offers in the last couple of months. I’ve turned them all down. Anybody that’s asked me for steady work or to do something Monday through Friday I’ve said no.”

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If you were hoping to catch Mike Francesa hosting a daily TV or radio show in the future, that ship has likely sailed.

Asked by a listener on his Mike Francesa Podcast if he would go back to doing a show on television similar to his Mike’d Up program on NBC New York, Francesa said it’s not in his future.

“I would doubt it,” he said on his Monday episode. “At this point, I’m not as visible. So it wouldn’t make as much sense as having me now as it would then. And frankly, I’m doing what I do now, and I love doing it.”

Francesa reunited with his former WFAN co-host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on ESPN’s First Take back in January, but Mike said the podcast he’s doing for the BetRivers Network checks all the boxes of what he’s looking for work-wise at the moment.

“It’s actually enough,” he said. “I’ve had a couple offers in the last couple of months. I’ve turned them all down. Anybody that’s asked me for steady work or to do something Monday through Friday I’ve said no.”

“It would have to be something very unusual for me to do on a regular basis,” he added.

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