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Cooper Manning Joins Colin Cowherd’s The Volume

This is Manning’s first foray into the podcast world.

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Sports media can’t get enough of the Mannings. Peyton and Eli are working on their own ESPN shows, now their oldest brother is busting into the podcast world.

Colin Cowherd announced on Instagram that the 47-year-old Cooper Manning is joining “The Volume” podcast network to host a weekly show called “Soup with Coop.”

A snippet from Cowherd’s announcement video shows Manning interviewing former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall. 

“I worked with Cooper starting about four years ago on “FOX NFL Kickoff” on Sundays,” Cowherd said. “Thoughtful, witty, funny, self-aware, but the minute he did a pedicure with Cam Newton and a nose ring with Alvin Kamara, I knew Cooper was the sort of hard-hitting journalist we needed and had to have.”

Manning has been around the media circuit with stints on “FOX NFL Kickoff,” along with hosting a show called The Manning Hour on Fox Sports. Outside of the media world, Manning is the Managing Director of Investor Relations for AJ Capital Partners.

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Mike Ryan to Dan Le Batard: ‘I Will Quit This Company’ If You Put Up Billboards

“I need this cup like I need oxygen, and I don’t like the silly games this show is playing around it because you’re messing with something that I care about deeply.”

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The Florida Panthers are in jeopardy of forsaking a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final against the Edmonton Oilers, dropping the last two games and heading back to Edmonton, Alberta for a pivotal Game 6. The Stanley Cup will be inside Rogers Place as the two teams take the ice on Friday night, but there is a narrative taking place beyond the boards. Greg Cote, columnist at the Miami Herald and contributor to The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, wrote a column ahead of the series calling McDavid an underachiever and has remained firm in his take that he is an overrated hockey player.

Dan Le Batard began his program on Wednesday morning reacting to producer Mike Ryan’s public complaints about the program. Within his complaint, he stated that he works with “the most frustrating and most inconsiderate people imaginable” and that his contract is up in May 2025, which Le Batard added that everyone is up at that time. Someone who works with Le Batard texted him saying that he did not get what was going on if this was a bit and then proceeded to address the origin of Cote’s take on McDavid.

“[Mike Ryan] is infuriated with your father and everything we’re doing in this series, and he’s furious with me even though I can’t execute the things that I want, and furthermore, when your father did this, I was not here,” Le Batard said, addressing producer Chris Cote. “I was as far away from here as you could be while remaining in the contiguous United States, and I’m getting blamed nationally – not you Mike Ryan, not you; not even Greg Cote. Nationally, I’m the one being blamed for saying, ‘McDavid is overrated’ even though I in no way endorse that take. What I do endorse is Greg Cote making a fool of himself nationally.”

Throughout the show, a montage of tweets and memes directed towards Greg Cote and the program were being displayed on all of the screens in the studio and shipping container. Ryan felt that Le Batard giving Cote’s take any oxygen was something that is ridiculous and called him the villain, claiming that he wants the seventh game of the series to go to overtime. Conversely, Le Batard wants to double down on the bet and put up a billboard of Cote in Edmonton, an action that Ryan said if taken would cause him to quit the company.

Le Batard told a story about how during the pandemic, the program needed to make a decision about its future and that he and co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner had a disagreement. Throughout his time, the Clevelander facility in Miami Beach was deteriorating, necessitating that changes be made. The show eventually signed a multiyear content distribution, monetization and sponsorship agreement with DraftKings, and the program is currently available to watch on the DraftKings Network FAST channel, along with several other distribution platforms.

“I wanted to go with DraftKings and [Stugotz] wanted to go with SiriusXM,” Le Batard said. “SiriusXM had a bunch of structure and marketing – they put our names on billboards and stuff – and they’ve done content before. DraftKings [had not], and we were stuck. Stugotz and I didn’t agree, and Mike Ryan’s in there and he’s the one with a baby. He’s the one who’s got to worry about what the future is, and Mike Ryan bet on DraftKings because Mike Ryan bet on us.”

Le Batard was incredulous that after making the bet on DraftKings, Ryan would be afraid of doubling down on putting up a billboard in Edmonton. Ryan went on to express that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in sports and that the program is leaning into the nonsense despite his objections.

“I just need to win on Friday,” Ryan said. “I need this cup like I need oxygen, and I don’t like the silly games this show is playing around it because you’re messing with something that I care about deeply.”

While he was at Game 5 earlier in the week, Ryan shared that many Panthers fans were cursing out Le Batard and were mad at him for being lighthearted towards the Stanley Cup Final. The Panthers organization is trying to win its first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history,  and Ryan wishes that the program would be able to discuss more about the game than the hijinks surrounding the series.

“It’s about celebrating your own ignorance and bringing shame to this market,” Ryan said to Le Batard. “You’re the biggest show in the market and you want to make this whole thing a circus when I want to talk about, ‘Do we bring in Nick Cousins to the fourth line or not?’”

Even though Le Batard was not in Miami when the situation unfolded, he was delighted to see it because of how ridiculous the take was. Ryan felt disappointed that he was perceiving an opposite sentiment to that of when the Miami Heat were in the NBA Finals and Le Batard was defending the city, calling what has happened and the scrutiny towards which he has been subjected an embarrassment.

Ryan wanted to know when Le Batard would be satisfied, to which he replied by asking if a degenerate gambler stops when they are winning. Answering the statement, he said that he hedges and asked Le Batard where his was, leading him to reply by exclaiming that he is preventing him from doubling down on the stupidity of the situation. Le Batard also wants to have a live watch party and stated that he would pay everyone extra from now until the end of the game Friday to go nonstop.

“Dan, don’t be hurt by this, but I want to be around people that care and don’t want to make a joke out of this,” Ryan said. “I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be here as my team has a chance to win the Stanley Cup – I want to be with the people that have been in the trenches with me.”

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Draymond Green: Charles Barkley is In His Feelings, ‘I Don’t Think Chuck is Retiring’

“I just think Chuck’s in a very emotional state right now. He’s processing those emotions.”

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Charles Barkley has been very vocal about the way Warner Bros. Discovery/TNT have handled the situation around NBA media rights as their contract is set to expire at the end of next season. ESPN, NBC and Amazon’s Prime Video are expected to be the NBA media partners after the 2024-25 season. Barkley decided not to wait to see the outcome of the negotiations before announcing his retirement at the conclusion of next season. He made the statement on NBA TV during the post-game show for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

“There’s been a lot of noise the last few months and I just want to say, I’ve talked to all of the other networks, but I ain’t going nowhere other than TNT, but I have made the decision myself, no matter what happens, next year is going to be my last year on television,” Barkley said.

Since that time many have weighed in on the topic with most believing Barkley will eventually change his mind. Draymond Green spent time on The Draymond Green Show talking about Barkley’s news and his beliefs of what will happen.

“Sir Charles, the great Charles Barkley says he is retiring from broadcasting after next season. Absolutely love Charles Barkley. Y’all know where our journey started, it did not start in a great place. Chuck used to sit on TV and say he was going to punch me in my face, he called me ‘Mr. Triple-Single,'” Green said. “He’s had his fair share of jabs and I’ve had my fair share of jabs as well. Nonetheless I absolutely love that brother and he is incredible; he is amazing and if he retires what a sad day for NBA basketball.

“We’ve all grown accustomed to hearing that voice for the last 20-something years talk NBA basketball. So, what a sad day for NBA basketball whenever Chuck decides to retire. However, I just think Chuck’s being very emotional, I don’t think Chuck’s about to retire. I just think Chuck’s in a very emotional state right now. He’s processing those emotions.”

Green believes that Barkley will make the decision at some point that he was not in the right frame of mind with everything going on to really think about his future. He and others believe Barkley has too much fun doing what he does on Inside the NBA with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal.

“The decision doesn’t have to be made today, tomorrow, or the next day,” Green said. “And then you probably come to your senses and say, ‘I’m not retiring what was I thinking’…that is what I expect from Chuck…I think Chuck was just in his feelings.”

Green said not only does he not think Barkley will retire, but that he hopes he does not retire. He points to Barkley being that rare person where, “even the ones that think they hate him, they go listen because we all love to hear what he has to say.”

Green ended the conversation by adding, “If it is the case, we will do it properly, but it’s been a job well done sir. It’s been an absolute incredible pleasure to turn on TNT and hear ‘Sir Charles’ make fun of people, talk great about people, but more importantly entertain us like we had never been entertained during a basketball show in the history of this game that we love…So, I don’t think Chucks going anywhere, but if he is – much love to Chuck because he’s been absolutely incredible.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Recent Victory Over Cancer

“Listen, you don’t hear me complaining about it.”

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy recently revealed that he had skin cancer, wearing a bandage on the left side of his neck during an episode of The Dozen Trivia on Wednesday. Portnoy downplayed what he was dealing with and later posted on social media that he was cancer free, conveying that it “wasn’t the serious kind.”

Barstool Sports personality Rico Bosco stated that he was unaware that Portnoy had cancer, to which he replied that it was because he did not make “a big show of it.” Dan “Big Cat” Katz is also in the video where he criticized Bosco for wearing a sling on his arm while Portnoy was walking around with a bandage on the side of his neck as a result of the cancer he was dealing with. When asked how he was doing, Portnoy explained that he was good and that he would make it.

After he had stayed in the sun for too long without applying sunscreen, Portnoy developed a mole that came back as cancerous, but he was not scared by the disease. Portnoy divulged these and additional details surrounding the diagnosis on a recent episode of the BFFs podcast, explaining that they took out the mole and had stitches on the side of his neck. Portnoy had posted on X earlier in May that he was looking for the best dermatologist to find out how his moles were doing.

“There is stitches underneath [of] it,” Portnoy said of his bandage. “It’s pretty badass. Listen, you don’t hear me complaining about it.” He later went on to explain that he had the right to say he was a cancer survivor after his bout with the disease.

The Barstool Sports founder was not at TD Garden on Monday night as the Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship against the Dallas Mavericks but recorded a video in which he celebrated while smoking a cigar. Last year, Portnoy purchased the company back from PENN Entertainment in a transaction reportedly worth $1 after PENN reached a deal with The Walt Disney Company to rebrand its sportsbook to ESPN BET.

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