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DraftKings Acquires VSiN

“DraftKings is about to become an even bigger player in the sports betting content space by acquiring VSiN.”



DraftKings is about to become an even bigger player in the sports betting content space. Announced this morning, the company has acquired VSiN.

The Vegas Sports Information Network, which launched in 2017 under the guidance of Brian Musburger, arrived on the sports betting scene by placing a heavy focus on delivering trusted sports betting information for gambling enthusiasts across different platforms. They struck a deal with the South Point Casino to serve as their home base (Circa has also become a key partner for where VSiN produces content) and established multiple partnerships to showcase their talent and content on radio, television, and digital platforms. Among those partnerships included Comcast Xfinity, Sling TV, fuboTV, Roku, Rogers’ Sportsnet, MSG Networks, Marquee Sports Network, iHeartradio, and SiriusXM. The company no longer broadcasts on SiriusXM and is planning to expand its footprint in the sports radio space in the near future.

The growing reach of VSiN combined with its strong Las Vegas presence made the company appealing to DraftKings, who will now look to use the company’s talent and content to reach sports gamblers thru its mobile sports betting app. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but DraftKings is said to have more than enough cash on hand to cover the cost. The company finished 2020 with $1.8 billion in cash on its balance sheet, and announced earlier this month that they’d be raising another $1 billion through convertible notes. The company raised its Fiscal 2021 revenue expectations in February from $900 million to $1 billion, surpassing their initial projection of $750 million to $850 million.

“This is a big jump-start for our content capabilities,” said Matt Kalish, the president of DraftKings, North America. “There’s endless demand for sports betting content these days, and we’ve started to dabble in that a little bit, through our relationship providing odds to Turner, or odds overlays in UFC broadcasts. There’s more and more demand for this type of content and VSiN really gives us that capability to get to the next level.”

Kalish said VSiN will retain its name and editorial independence as part of the agreement. The Las Vegas-based company will be asked by DraftKings to create content to help the company acquire more customers and increase media partnerships. DraftKings will also make their odds available to VSiN for use during broadcasts. VSiN will still have the ability to use odds from different sportsbooks during programming despite having a new owner.

VSiN is home for a number of familiar on-air talent including Michael Lombardi and Brent Musburger. The company’s morning show ‘Follow The Money‘ hosted by Mitch Moss and Pauly Howard has also gained traction thru television partnerships. The executive team of Brian Musburger, Stephan Shelanski, and Bill Adee is expected to remain intact. Dan Mason will give up his position as Chairman but remain involved with the company in a strategic advisory role. SeventySix Capital’s Wayne Kimmel dove deeper into VSiN’s growth and the DraftKings merger with Mason. To watch the video click here.

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Jerry Jones On Listening To Sports Radio: ‘I Like Pain’

“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying.”



Jerry Jones
Dallas Cowboys

No one can accuse Jerry Jones of being shy. The Dallas Cowboys owner is always welcoming of the chance to be in the public eye. That includes making appearances on sports talk radio. Friday he was a guest on K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Jones has made headlines on the station before. Some of those headlines have been for getting angry with both K&C in the past and morning men Shan & RJ. On Friday, it was his thoughts on the format itself that made the headlines.

“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying. Is that human nature or not?” Jerry Jones answered when asked why he listened.

He admits that plenty of people have wondered why he would continue to listen to sports talk shows when the Cowboys are so polarizing.

“I use to have people ask me, ‘why in the world do you listen to talk radio, because they’re wearing your proverbial butt out?’ (And my response was)’I like pain. I just like to hear it. Just put it in me.'”

While the Cowboys came out of Week 1 with a loss, sports talk in Dallas has largely been kind to the Cowboys. The aforementioned Shan & RJ said that Dak Prescott’s performance should be the story of week 1 considering that the Cowboys’ quarterback missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.

Time will tell if Jerry Jones is in for his beloved pain following the Cowboys’ visit to LA to take on the Chargers on Sunday.

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Joy Taylor Creates Scholarship At Barry University

“Taylor graduated from Barry University in 2009.”



Joy Taylor

Barry University is a private, Catholic school in Miami. It also happens to be the alma matter of FOX Sports Radio star Joy Taylor, who announced today that she is giving back to the school and helping some of its current students.

On Friday, Joy Taylor took to Twitter to announce that she had created a scholarship. It will go to students in the school’s department of mass communications.

“It’s my honor to be able to give back to the next generation of journalists and broadcasters,” Taylor wrote. “It’s a personal goal of mine to improve the lack of diversity in my business at every level. Barry gave me that experience. Go Bucs!”

Taylor graduated from Barry University in 2009. She began her career in local radio in Miami shortly after.

She isn’t the only famous alumnus of the school. Barry University awarded Shaquille O’Neal a doctorate of education in 2012. The NBA Hall-of-Famer studied Human Resource Development at the school.

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Mike Golic, Dave Pasch Reunite On Westwood One Next Week

“The pair has the radio call after being on TV together for the first time last season.”



Courtesy: ESPN

Mike Golic Sr. and Dave Pasch are reuniting on the Westwood One airwaves. Rudy Martzke reports that Golic and Pasch are calling next week’s Thursday Night Football clash between the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans.

The pair has the radio call after being on TV together for the first time last season. Pasch is the voice of the Arizona Cardinals and calls college football and basketball for ESPN. Golic exited ESPN last year after spending 25 years with the network as a radio host and football analyst.

Martzke had some thoughts on the pairing that he shared with Barrett Media.

“Very popular duo last season,” Martzke said. “Ton of games, unfortunately, were cancelled including an ND [Notre Dame] game. Chemistry, mostly remote, was lighting up Twitter how great they were calling the games.”

Golic has shown the broadcasting chops and personality to mesh into almost any broadcast team. He seemingly found a great partner in Pasch, who often pairs with Bill Walton on ESPN college basketball broadcasts. Although, don’t expect to see Golic eating a cupcake, lit candle and all, on the broadcast next Thursday.

Pasch actually worked Golic’s final event as an ESPN employee during the 2021 Playstation Fiesta Bowl. The crew built Golic a sendoff video and even brought in a cake for the analyst to eat on air.

“25 years ago,” Pasch described. “Mike Golic joined ESPN, did everything from NFL studio analyst to Monday Night Football and of course a long partnership with Mike Greenberg. Mike & Mike went 18 years. You get your son, Mike Golic Jr. now is an excellent broadcaster, both radio and calling games. Mike’s in the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame, the USA Wrestling Hall of Fame as well.”

On Thursday, it’s back to business for Pasch and Golic as they rekindle their burgeoning chemistry on the Westwood One airwaves.

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