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Clay Travis Shares Details Of Outkick/FOX Deal With Dave Portnoy

“He and Portnoy agreed that gambling companies are likely overvalued right now and this is the time any content creator can make the most money from them.”

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Two of the internet’s greatest provocateurs got together for a podcast this week. Clay Travis was a guest on Barstool’s The Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Company. Despite the fact that they approach entertainment in the same way, it has been a while since Travis and Portnoy have spoken due to a disagreement and some professional rivalry between them.

“This, I guess, is the end of the Cold War,” Portnoy said when he brought Clay onto the show. Portnoy’s first question was whether or not Travis expected to be walking into an ambush.

“I did,” Travis answered honestly.

The interview was actually the exact opposite of an ambush. It began with Portnoy praising Travis for the deal he made to sell Outkick to FOX. While Travis said the sale price had not yet been made public and wouldn’t go into details, he did say he was “super happy” with the sales price and that he would be “a hundred million dollar plus guy,” taxes not withstanding. Clay stated that Outkick didn’t set out to sell the company, but as groups began to seek them out and express interest, it just made sense to pursue the opportunity.

Clay said he was motivated to sell due to the heat in the gambling industry right now. Barstool was one of the companies who discussed the possibility of acquiring Outkick. DraftKings did so as well. Clay projects that in the future, online sportsbooks will be run by “the four or five guys positioned to be standing in a big way.” He added that if he were leading a sports betting company today he’d make an aggressive run at Adam Schefter, Adrian Wojnarowski and other high profile newsbreakers. Portnoy and Travis agreed that gambling companies are likely overvalued right now and this is the time any content creator can make the most money from them.

“We probably played a fairly significant role in that,” Portnoy said, referencing the 2020 sale of Barstool Sports to Penn National.

One subject Portnoy was particularly interested in was exclusivity. He was surprised to learn that Outkick will not be forced to exclusively play and promote the FOX Bet app.

“We are still in charge of negotiating what partnerships we are going to have,” Travis said. “We are not exclusive to FOX Bet. At Outkick, we’re talking to everybody right now.” That apparently includes FanDuel, who Travis says Outkick is in negotiations with on an extension of the online gambling giant’s sponsorship.

FOX reportedly didn’t just want the Outkick name. They specifically wanted Travis and his brand’s sports betting influence. Clay told Portnoy that Outkick is either #1 or near the top among affiliate sites in delivering signups for FanDuel. He revealed that similar to the conditions Penn National put on Barstool in order for that sale to close, FOX locked Travis into a five year deal to continue creating content for the site.

According to Travis, Outkick was on track to generate a 10 million profit in 2021. That left him questioning whether it was smart to sell in the 2nd inning rather than the 5th. But once FOX emerged as a suitor, he felt good about the fit. The combination of the company’s reach in sports and news, its position in the sports betting space, his eight years of working with them, and their willingness to stand behind talent when they step into a fire made them the right business partner for Outkick.

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Bomani Jones: ‘Tim Anderson Asked Me To Interview Him’

“I got to comport myself in such a way that dudes I cover respect me, if I want them to talk to me. I have to go the extra mile in terms of earning respect if I want to have these cats listen to me.”

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Josh Donaldson and Tim Anderson were all over the news last week after the two exchanged words during the Yankees-White Sox series. Over the course of two days, an altercation between the two started a bench-clearing brawl, and then a second altercation occurred when Donaldson called Tim Anderson “Jackie,” a reference to Jackie Robinson.

Bomani Jones was one of the few people in the media to land an on-camera interview with Anderson for his podcast, The Right Time, where they got a chance to discuss what really took place during that moment.

Donaldson’s “Jackie” comment was a reference to a Sports Illustrated article from 2019 in which Anderson referred to himself as being similar to the Dodgers Hall of Famer. Anderson said publicly that it may have been a joke to Donaldson, but it did not feel that way to him.

On Friday’s edition of his show, former NFL player and current ESPN NFL analyst Domonique Foxworth asked Jones how he landed an interview with Anderson. Jones said Anderson was the one pursuing him.

“He sent me a DM and was like yo, I want to talk,” Jones said to Foxworth. “I not gonna lie to y’all, he was hoping to not have to do media availability so we were sitting on it because we wanted it to be the big surprise, we wanted to drop the big joker when all the spades have been played.”

The trust level between an athlete and a reporter is arguably the most important thing for any journalist. Jones said he has had to build that trust in a different way from many in his position.

“I didn’t come up reporting, I wasn’t on the ground. And so I am in a lot of ways the dude sitting in his house popping off at people. I get every criticism that comes with that, so as a result, I got to comport myself in such a way that dudes I cover respect me, if I want them to talk to me. I have to go the extra mile in terms of earning respect if I want to have these cats listen to me. So for me it feels good when something like that happens because it means my goal, at least with that one person has been achieved.”

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John Skipper: ‘Tom Brady is a Very Expensive Trophy for FOX’

“I think for Tom Brady’s pride, he had to be paid the most money because he is the greatest of all-time.”

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The NFL broadcasting world went through a series of massive changes this offseason. Outside of the No. 1 crew at CBS (Jim Nantz and Tony Romo), every other network will have new faces appear on our television screens during game days.

Out of the large amounts of money being thrown around at various networks in the industry, it was Tom Brady’s massive 10-year,  $375-million broadcasting deal with FOX that turned a lot of heads. Not only does the deal indicate that the seven-time Super Bowl champ will be retiring in the very near future, but some, including Dan Le Batard, wondered why such a fortune was being given to someone who has “never said anything interesting'” during his career in the NFL.

During the “local hour” of his popular show on Thursday, Le Batard welcomed former ESPN president and his Meadowlark Media partner, John Skipper. He expressed a similar.

“There’s very little economic value. He’s a very, very expensive trophy,” Skipper said on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. “I think he’ll probably be okay on the game. It doesn’t really matter that much other than for pride and I guess he’ll shake advertisers’ hands.”

To put into context how massive Brady’s deal is, the future Hall of Famer will not only be making more in 10-years than he has throughout his entire 20+ year NFL career ($302.96 million in total earnings) but he will also be leapfrogging broadcast vet Troy Aikman–getting paid twice the amount of the former Cowboys QBs’ new deal with ESPN.

 “I think for Tom Brady’s pride, he had to be paid the most money because he is the greatest of all-time,” Skipper said.

Skipper continues to add that the money FOX gave Brady could’ve been put to better use, making a more significant impact in other areas of the business, including securing live event rights.

He then brought up Mike Tirico, who called Monday Night Football at ESPN during Skipper’s tenure at the network. No matter how much faith he had in the play-by-play man, Skipper said he didn’t feel the need to overspend on a partner to help him shine.

“I put Mike Tirico in the booth and thought he did an outstanding job, but I would not have paid any ex-player $15, $20, or $25 million to sit next to him.”

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North Carolina Lawmakers Expect Mobile Sports Betting By Football Season

“North Carolina’s neighbors, including Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, have already legalized mobile sports betting.”

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It is already legal to place bets in North Carolina on sporting events. It is just incredibly difficult. Bets can only be made inside of 2 Cherokee casinos in the western part of the state. That could change before football season.

The State Senate, which is politically divided, passed SB 688 last year. If it makes it through the State House, it would become law and North Carolinians could then theoretically place bets online legally.

SB 88 was sponsored by Paul Lowe, a Democrat from Forsyth County. He told WRAL-TV in Raleigh that he is optimistic about what will happen in the House.

“We just want to make sure we have drummed up the votes, and I think we have,” he said. “I feel confident about it.”

North Carolina’s neighbors, including Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, have already legalized mobile sports betting.

Politically, North Carolina is considered a purple state. That is showing up in the effort to legalize mobile wagering. One of the bill’s biggest advocates in the House is Jason Saine, a Republican from Lincoln County.

“We’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll. I’ve not heard any new opposition,” he told WRAL. “I think we have a pretty smooth glide path once we do kind of start rolling into session.”

The state’s Lottery Commission would oversee sports gambling. If the SB 688 is passed, operators would pay $500,000 for a five-year license, which can be renewed for $100,000. They would also pay an 8% tax on adjusted gross revenue. Both of those numbers are low compared to other states.

“Once we pass this bill, there’s some tweaks we’re going to do,” Lowe said. “But right now we’re just trying to get it out of the chute.”

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