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Religion Of Sports Launching Lost In Sports Podcast

This is the second podcast venture Religion of Sports has rolled out in 2021.

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Religion of Sports is rolling out its podcasting approach in full force this year. They have unveiled a new show called “LOST IN SPORTS,” premiering May 27. Founded by Tom Brady, Gotham Chopra, and Michael Strahan, Religion of Sports moved into the podcasting space in early-2021 after striking a deal with PRX — the public media company behind “This American Life.”

Former Sports Illustrated writer Ben Baskin hosts the show and dives into some of the quirkier stories that have risen to legendary status in the sports world. Episode one is featuring “Masters of the Gridiron,” a film the 1986 Browns released to spark a Cleveland Super Bowl victory. “LOST IN SPORTS” other opening episodes feature The Hartford Whalers, AND1 Mixtapes, Evander Holyfield’s ear, and the “NCAA Football 14” video game. 

“We’ll take on some of the biggest questions in sports, and some you never thought to ask,” Baskin said in the show trailer. “Every episode will explore the mysteries of the lost, the forgotten, and the disappeared, and we’ll go on a quest for answers. We’ll take a trip through sports history uncovering the stories you’ve never heard before, and sometimes our journey might get a little weird.”

Religion of Sports has poured a lot of time and resources into these new projects and the rest of their multimedia plans.

“Three years ago, Tom, Michael, and I started Religion of Sports to tell stories that answered a central question: why do sports matter? We had a vision to tell these stories about how sports test the limits of human potential, change the fabric of our society and culture, and are a prism by which we can better understand ourselves and the world,” Religion of Sports Co-Founder Gotham Chopra said to Deadline.

This is the second podcast Chopra’s company has released in 2021 after rolling out “Crushed” in April. Hosted by Joan Nissen, the show dove into baseball’s steroid era and ran weekly episodes through May 13. Interested fans can hear episodes of both shows on podcast platforms starting May 27.

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Henry Abbott: Bill Simmons Is ‘Supertalented Guy, Difficult Teammate’

Abbott appeared on the “Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre” podcast.

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TrueHoop founder Henry Abbott appeared on Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre last week and expounded on the article he wrote last year surrounding Bill Simmons. The two worked together for years at ESPN after the network bought TrueHoop and Abbott went in-depth on their working relationship in the article.

“Bill’s fine. I don’t know, maybe he’s really mad at me because I wrote that piece,” Abbott said on the podcast. “He’s not the devil. A thing that frustrates me is a lot of talk without a lot of evidence.”

Abbott went more in-depth about the goal he set when he started writing the article last June.

“Bill Simmons was trending nationally, and the two positions were either he’s a terrible racist, or he’s the most wonderful human in the history of the planet. Like, have any of you f*cking met that guy? Like he is neither of those things. Like this is all incorrect. Trust me; it’s far from my collection of these are the worst things I could say about Bill. It was just kind of a summary of what my experience was like working for him for over a decade.”

The TrueHoop founder stuck to his brand with a basketball comparison ready for Simmons.

“I think he’s a super talented… This is a common NBA theme. Supertalented guy, difficult teammate, hard to get along with. Not really interested in team success right and pretty skilled at getting what he wants. It wasn’t the case that he was some sort of all or nothing hero or villain, he’s just kind of selfish.”

Simmons has not reached out to Henry Abbott about the piece, but the basketball blogging pioneer has no regrets about writing it and would welcome another opportunity with a big brand under the right circumstance.

“The dream for me and I think everyone I know in this business is to have a boss you really respect,” Abbott said about working for another large company. “You want a boss who makes your work better. If you can get that, greatest thing in the world. If you can’t, be your own boss.”

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Howard Bryant Heading To Meadowlark Media

“Bryant’s next major project is a biography of Ricky Henderson due out soon.”

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Another ESPN voice is choosing Miami over Bristol. Howard Bryant is the latest to join Dan Le Batard and John Skipper at Meadowlark Media. Bryant had been a versatile voice in Bristol, appearing on both TV and radio programs offering commentary.

Ian Casselberry of Awful Announcing speculates that “Bryant will focus largely on podcasts and documentaries” in his new role. Meadowlark says that he will “work on project development, including reporting, scriptwriting, and on-air narration.”

It is hard to imagine that Howard Bryant won’t continue to write. In fact, he is free to work on projects for multiple other employers, including ESPN.

Bryant is a three-time National Magazine Award nominee. He has written for Oakland TribuneSan Jose Mercury NewsBergen RecordBoston Herald, and The Washington Post. He is also one of the great baseball historians, having written five books about the sport. Bryant’s next major project is a biography of Ricky Henderson due out soon.

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Sinclair to Launch Streaming Sports Service

Two sources with knowledge of the plans told the Post that Sinclair is working with investment bank LionTree to raise more than $250 million for the venture.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group has made a lot of changes in the last year and, according to the New York Post, more are coming.

Sinclair recently rebranded what were formally Fox Sports regional networks to Bally Sports. Now, the Post explains that the media company is raising money for a new streaming service that would stream St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Mavericks games, and scores from other popular sports teams.

Two sources with knowledge of the plans told the Post that Sinclair is working with investment bank LionTree to raise more than $250 million for the venture.

Sinclair hopes to launch the streaming service at the beginning of the next MLB season and has told potential investors that it aims to charge $23 a month to fans who want to stream games in markets where it owns broadcasting rights.

The Post notes that “fans who live outside of Sinclair’s 21 territories, where it owns broadcasting rights tied to 42 teams, would likely be out of luck.”

“This is a major, major development,” a director for a non-Sinclair broadcaster told The Post. “And if Sinclair is successful it will change the industry more quickly than I imagined.”

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