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Stephen A Smith Calls Load Management ‘BS’

“This is that stuff that I’m talking about and then you all wonder why I be calling cats out! I mean damn. Damn! How many days off do you need?!”

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Before the NBA tipped off the 2020-21 season, the league instituted a new load management policy, penalizing teams $100,000 for resting their stars during nationally televised games. 

Either the memo never made it to the Nets, or they’re just OK racking up fines, but whatever the reasoning, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is fed up with how few games Brooklyn’s stars are on the court. 

Wednesday night against the 76ers should have been a battle of the elite, two teams fighting for the No. 1 seed. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid were there for the Sixers, but one night after looking healthy in a 30-point scoring effort, Kevin Durant was out for the Nets. Kyrie Irving, who has missed his fair share of games this season was the lone star in the lineup for Brooklyn. James Harden, Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, none of them were on the court and it aggravated Smith who stopped just short of calling for fans to boycott. 

“So much for looking forward to tonight’s game,” Smith said in a Twitter video. “Win, lose or draw, half of Brooklyn ain’t there. What sense does it make, what difference does it make, this is the BS that I’m talking about right here, right now. This is that stuff that I’m talking about and then you all wonder why I be calling cats out! I mean damn. Damn! How many days off do you need?!”

Smith said he’s not going to call for fans to boycott regular season games, but did say, “sometimes I wish we would react like that,” reminding players that it can’t be all about the playoffs, they get paid for the full year.  

Declining TV ratings was a major story for the NBA last summer and load management does nothing for the league as they’ve tried to rebound this season to placate their TV partners. 

Two months ago, LeBron James came out strongly against the idea of load management. “I don’t believe in it,” LeBron said. “We all need more rest, shit. But I’m here to work, to punch my clock in and be available to my teammates.” Unfortunately, James sustained a right ankle sprain a few weeks later. But at 36 years old, with a lot of mileage on his body, James shows up to play when he’s healthy. Other stars, especially ones who play for the Brooklyn Nets can’t say the same. 

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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