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Shams Charania Details Career Journey With Stugotz

“Charania did mention that people used to ask him why wasn’t he doing things that a normal teenager would do, but he wanted to set his mind on accomplishing goals for himself in the industry.”

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In the sports media industry, forming connections and relationships is important for anyone trying to have a future in the business. That statement holds true for Shams Charania, who is the lead NBA writer and analyst for The Athletic and for Stadium. Charania has risen to one of the top basketball reporters at age 26. 

On the latest episode of the STUpodity podcast with Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk, the duo was joined by Charania to talk about how his career has grown to this day. Charania mentioned that he got into writing after his English teacher in high school said he should join the school newspaper.

That eventually led to him writing for RealGM.com and Chicago Now, but he would eventually move into reporting. He told the duo about how people never knew his age and it didn’t stop him from searching for contacts.

“It was relationships, a lot of cold calls, a lot of cold texts. The amount of emails and cold calls I was sending in high school to people I didn’t know or shouldn’t have known me, whatever contacts I could find online, Google, and word of mouth. It just goes to show to me how nice some of the people in the industry are as long as you show yourself to be genuine and professional. I doubt anyone at the time knew I was 17/18 years old, but that’s not the question people usually ask when you have a conversation with them.” 

Charania did mention that people used to ask him why wasn’t he doing things that a normal teenager would do, but he wanted to set his mind on accomplishing goals for himself in the industry. 

“I feel like I’m way older than I am. There was some feedback at the time as to why you are even doing this? Why aren’t you out partying or spending time with friends? That’s not what the perception is of someone who is 17/18. Once I figured out in my mind what I wanted to do, it was just setting accomplishments/goals for myself and trying to eclipse them.”

Back in January 2014, Charania broke his first trade when he reported Luol Deng had been traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He told the guys that breaking that trade came from 2 years of building up a relationship with that source.

“I would probably say my first one when Luol Deng got traded from the Bulls to the Cavaliers in January 2014. The person that gave me that, we had exchanged 500-600 emails in a span of 2 years. It goes to show the importance of relationships and staying connected because it is not just about when you need someone, but having that year long back-and-forth communication shows dividends. It was like a door had opened.”

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Report: Amazon Prime Video Paying $120M to Stream NFL Playoff Game

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting Amazon and the NFL have reached agreement on a $120 million deal for Prime Video to have exclusive rights to stream an NFL playoff game at the end of the 2024 season.

Amazon had passed on the opportunity to air the game this past season. It subsequently aired on Peacock in a deal which was valued at $110 million. The AFC Wild Card round matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs made sports media history, garnering an average minute audience (AMA) of 23.0 million viewers, making the contest the most-streamed live event in the history of the United States.

NBCUniversal also revealed that the contest reached 27.6 million total viewers and peaked at an average of 24.6 million viewers during the second quarter. Engagement with the playoff game accounted for the largest internet event in history with 30% of internet traffic prioritizing the game at this time.

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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VSiN Adds GoJo and Golic to Daytime, Jonathan Von Tobel to Evenings

Golic Jr. confirmed the news and his excitement to be heard daily on radio earlier this week on X.

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The Vegas Sports and Information Network (VSiN) is adding some star power to its weekday lineup. The network is tapping into its DraftKings affiliation to add Gojo and Golic to its Noon to 1pm ET timeslot.

Mike Golic Sr. and Mike Golic Jr. along with Jesse Cofield started their show on the network on Monday February 19th. Gojo and Golic replaces VSiN Best Bets in the network schedule.

Though just an hour, it’s a return to the national sports radio space for Golic Jr. and Sr.. Their arrival should be well received by VSiN’s radio affiliates. Golic Jr. confirmed the news and his excitement to be heard daily on radio earlier this week on X.

Adding the Golics and Cofield is not the only move being made by VSiN. The network has also moved Jonathan Von Tobel to evenings alongside Tim Murray and Britton Hess. Von Tobel joins VSiN Primetime filling the spot previously occupied by former NFL QB Shaun King. The move gives Von Tobel a full-time hosting role on the network.

Unfortunately the move comes at the expense of Hardwood Handicappers. In a post shared by Von Tobel on X, the program has been discontinued.

Recently, our Derek Futterman spent a day with the VSiN team, observing shows and learning what it takes to build a content enterprise solely around sports betting.

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Eric Hosmer Launches Media Company, New Podcast After MLB Retirement

“I’ll have the opportunity to give the fans some insight on my perspective and my experiences on what might be going on.”

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Longtime first baseman Eric Hosmer has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, concluding a 13-year career in which he won four Gold Glove awards and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. In 2015, Hosmer served as an integral member of the World Series championship run by the Kansas City Royals, helping the team hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy after a 4-1 series victory over the New York Mets. After departing the Royals in free agency, Hosmer played parts of five seasons with the San Diego Padres before concluding his career with stints as a member of the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.

Concurrent with his official retirement, Hosmer and former minor-league teammate Anthony Seratelli are launching MoonBall Media. The media and production company will produce and disseminate original, unscripted programming in addition to social media content and free ad-supported television (FAST) channels. The company will begin operations with the Diggin’ Deep podcast, a new offering hosted by Hosmer and featuring former major-league reliever Peter Moylan and current process and development coach Justin Su’a. Seratelli, who played a decade of professional baseball in the Nippon Professional Baseball league, is slated to produce the show.

“I feel like I have so many fun stories that I want to give back, especially these last couple of years of my career when I got to experience the big-time markets, being in Chicago, being in Boston,” Hosmer said in an interview with Forbes. “I think this podcast is something where I can really have enjoyment and dig deep into other people’s processes and how that helped them succeed.”

Becoming involved in the sports media space became more appealing to Hosmer as he continued through his major-league career. He expressed how the baseball space lacks players sharing insights and perspectives, comparing it to the rise of athlete-driven media among National Football League and National Basketball Association players.

On the podcast itself, Hosmer aspires to cultivate a setting in which interviewees are comfortable expounding and extrapolating on subject matter, deviating from what is done by traditional media in major-league clubhouses.

“That insight from a player’s perspective – that’s what I’m really looking forward to because there are some situations where a player wants to really have his own voice to explain a situation, but you really just can’t in the baseball world because players are wired to be tight-lipped and it’s all about the team and stuff,” Hosmer said. “I’ll have the opportunity to give the fans some insight on my perspective and my experiences on what might be going on. It will be a unique perspective that maybe we’ll be able to give fans a different look and insight.”

The first six episodes of the show have already been produced with an initial focus on baseball; however, the program will aim to broaden its horizons by including guests from other sports. The nature of these interviews will be more reflective rather than trying to reveal news or rumors, something he believes will be unique in the media space as well. Hosmer further explained his decision on the premiere episode of the program, which was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday morning.

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