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Jane Slater Tweet Sparks Debate About Unpaid Internships

“The negative response to Slater’s tweet triggered endless amounts of sports radio hosts, journalists, TV announcers and more to brag about the unpaid hours they logged in their career.”

Brandon Contes

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Wait a second, people get paid to work in sports media? Better yet, people expect to get paid just to be an aspiring sportscaster?

On Monday, NFL Network reporter Jane Slater thought she was doing a good thing by sharing information for an unpaid internship that could be a great opportunity for aspiring broadcasters. Some people were interested in the internship, but others on social media chastised Slater for posting the opportunity, stating free labor should not be encouraged. 

The negative response to Slater’s tweet triggered endless amounts of sports radio hosts, journalists, TV announcers and more to brag about the unpaid hours they logged in their career. We get it, most people who work in this business walked to their internship every day, barefoot, in the snow, uphill both ways. 

It highlights a contrast in thought between older and younger generations, where some people believe ‘everyone gets a trophy.’ But demanding some sort of compensation for an unpaid internship shouldn’t be completely disregarded. It’s fair to have expectations of getting something out of an unpaid internship, other than learning to grab coffee or push paper. 

Media companies and executives want to sign talent, but do they also develop talent? Similarly, aspiring sportscasters want to be talent, but are they willing to invest their time and countless unpaid hours to become talent? There needs to be a balance of both. If you’re going to get free labor, then show an added interest in career development, but if someone is going to truly invest in teaching unproven talent, then you better be willing to find another way to fill your bank account. 

People can’t afford to work for free, but accepting an unpaid internship isn’t an automatic symbol of privilege. Many people start in this business by taking an unpaid internship while working a full-time job elsewhere to pay bills.

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NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Launching Podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Dirty Mo Media

“New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media has announced a podcast deal with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin will host Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin on a weekly basis during the NASCAR season. The Actions Detrimental branding is verbiage used by NASCAR for fines assessed to drivers for their disparaging comments about the sport. Known as one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Hamlin has been fined several times under the “actions detrimental to stock car racing” statutes.

New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.

Denny Hamlin jokingly thanked Dirty Mo Media for the “opportunity and the fat check” the company wrote for him to host the podcast in a Twitter announcement.

The 42-year-old Hamlin has won 48 races during his 18-year NASCAR Cup Series career. In addition to serving as a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he co-owns 23XI Racing with basketball legend Michael Jordan.

The podcast is the latest in an expansion of content produced by the Mooresville, North Carolina-based digital outlet. After beginning with The Dale Jr. Download, the company has grown to include other podcasts like Door, Bumper, Clear, and Speed Street, as well as video projects like The Next Level.

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Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts

“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.

“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”

The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.

Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.

“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”

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Fanatics to Open First Sportsbook Inside FedEx Field

“The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.”

Jordan Bondurant

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Sports licensing giant Fanatics will soon be launching its long-anticipated sportsbook.

The company will open up a physical sportsbook location in Maryland at FedEx Field on January 20. Fanatics has also been granted a license to operate in Massachusetts, tethered to Plainridge Park Casino.

The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium. Bettors in the DMV will now be able to place wagers at all their local teams’ venues, as William Hill has an on-site location at Capital One Arena – home of the Capitals and Wizards – and BetMGM has a space at Nationals Park in D.C.

Despite having a physical location at FedEx Field, bettors in Maryland will not be able to place mobile wagers through a Fanatics Sportsbook app.

According to Front Office Sports, Fanatics hopes to have the sportsbook up and running in some fashion in all states where legal by September.

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