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Dave Portnoy: NBA Has Best Commissioner, Brightest Future

“Portnoy agreed that there are significant hypocrisies that exist in the league. He just doesn’t think it is truly detrimental to its future.”

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Dave Portnoy didn’t hesitate when conservative pundit Ben Shapiro asked him which American sports league has the brightest future. He said it was the NBA. Despite Shapiro trying to change his mind with conservative talking points, Portnoy stuck to his guns.

In fact, Portnoy agreed that there are significant hypocrisies that exist in the league. He just doesn’t think it is truly detrimental to its future.

“I think they’ve got the best commissioner and I think they’re the most internet savvy,” he explained.

The internet prowess cannot be argued. Mediaite’s Brandon Contes points out that the NBA has never placed restrictions on sharing its highlights. Other leagues cannot say the same. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has even suggested that sharing highlights leads to more people tuning in for live games.

Under Silver’s leadership, the NBA has shown some flexibility in its approach rather than panic about television ratings. The upcoming Marvel-themed broadcast ESPN 2 will present on Monday is a good example, as are the gambling-centric broadcasts various RSNs have put on. While some are laser-focused on ratings, Silver is allowing his broadcast partners figure out how to use technology to open the door for new fans to find the league.

Dave Portnoy has been called a lot of negative things, but it is hard to argue that he has a mind for business. He has continued making appearances on conservative media outlets even after Big Cat called him out for betraying the fundamental directive of Barstool, that it is not a political brand. Portnoy would argue that it is a way for him to expose Barstool to audiences that have never thought about or heard of it.

Game recognizes game, as the saying goes. It is not hard to imagine that Dave Portnoy looks at Adam Silver and sees someone else who is always thinking about where the people that have not yet discovered his product are.

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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 Host Jonathan Von Tobel Announces New Lineup Changes; ‘Hardwood Handicappers’ Discontinued

Von Tobel says he’s ‘Looking forward to being on the lineup M-F once again!’

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The Vegas Sports and Information Network (VSiN) just made some changes to its lineup in time for spring, adding a new host to an established show but sunsetting another. According to VSiN host Jonathan Von Tobel, he will be joining VSiN Primetime as a full-time host alongside Tim Murray and Britton Hess, but Hardwood Handicappers will be discontinued.

In response, Kelley Bydlon said “THANK YOU to everyone who listened and supported along the way,” via his X account, while Zachary Cohen (@BettingOnX) simply retweeted Von Tobel’s post. It’s unknown what will happen with Bydlon but Von Tobel mentioned that he and Cohen will continue to write daily columns for the operation.

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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