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MLB, Action Network Enter Content Partnership

The sports gambling company has also partnered with the NBA in 2021.

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Action Network and MLB have entered into a brand new content partnership. The sports gambling site has made a point to build strong relationships with major American sports leagues and the 162-game baseball season represents plenty of opportunities.

The new deal is built around three main content pillars: Syndication, Programming, and Integration. 

The first aspect encompasses Action Network’s written MLB content being distributed on both their channels and MLB digital platforms. The gambling information site routinely pumps out 2-3 articles per day surrounding best bets for the day’s games, along with the best player prop options for bettors to dive into.

Programming comes by way of their new weekly, 30-minute sports betting show being produced and distributed by Action Network called “Payoff Pitch.” The show is an overarching look at the week’s slate of games. It will provide a 30,000-foot view of what bettors can expect from the seven days ahead.

The final pillar is integrating Action Network’s roster of talent into MLB’s burgeoning gambling properties. Voices like Sean Zerillo, Collin Wilson, and more are bringing their gambling expertise surrounding the diamond to “Bettor’s Eye,” MLB’s new gambling show. 

Action Network was founded in 2017 by The Chernin Group as they merged a roll-up of three companies: Sports Insights, FantasyLabs, and the SportsAction mobile app. Flash forward to 2021, and we are experiencing a rapid time for growth in sports gambling. The company was recently acquired in a blockbuster $240 million deal by Better Collective.

“With Better Collective’s experience and capabilities,” Action Network CEO Patrick Keane said. “We have the resources to continue growing our already leading sports betting product and media business, in order to ultimately enhance the betting and entertainment experience for sports fans in the US. I’m pleased that Action now officially joins the Better Collective Group and look very much forward to the journey ahead.”

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WWE Announces NIL Program To Recruit College Athletes

“The WWE NIL program has the potential to be transformational to our business.”

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There have been many crossover between college athletes and the WWE once those students’ playing careers are over. Now, the WWE is taking advantage of the new NIL rules in the NCAA. It could be a huge advancement for the company to recruit new talent.

WWE has constructed a comprehensive program to recruit and develop potential future Superstars. Dubbed “Next In Line,” the NIL program aims to enhance the talent development process through collaborative partnerships with college athletes from diverse athletic backgrounds.

“The WWE NIL program has the potential to be transformational to our business,” said Triple H, WWE’s Executive Vice President. “By creating partnerships with elite athletes at all levels across a wide variety of college sports, we will dramatically expand our pool of talent and create a system that readies NCAA competitors for WWE once their collegiate careers come to a close.” 

Athletes who take part in the NIL deal will have access to the WWE’s performance center in Orlando as well as access to the resources that the athletes at the WWE receive including brand building, media training, communications, live event promotion, creative writing and community relations.

WWE dipped their toe into NIL deals this past September when they signed heavyweight freestyle wrestler Gable Steveson, who won both a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and a national championship at Minnesota. The deal allowed Steveson to return to Minnesota for his senior season while also beginning his training at the performance center to become a WWE Superstar.

WWE plans to unveil its first class of NIL deals in the next few weeks.

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Keith Olbermann, Dave Portnoy Feud Over Michigan Shooting Victim

Keith Olbermann quote tweeted the post that Barstool made, blasting Barstool Sports for their political views

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This Tuesday, Tate Myre, a young football player at a school in Michigan was among four kids killed trying to defend their fellow students against an armed gunman.

Barstool Sports tweeted a story highlighting his bravery, which lead to an interaction that grabbed some headlines of its own.

Longtime sports journalist and broadcaster Keith Olbermann quote tweeted the post, blasting Barstool Sports for their political views in the process.

“This kid died to stop a school shooter whose mother echoed the Trumpist Fascism of @stoolpresidente and @barstoolsports,” Olbermann wrote above the original post.

Olbermann has a long-standing feud with Portnoy. The SportsCenter legend and former anchor at MSNBC and FOX Sports has had a lot to say about the culture of Barstool Sports in the past.

Keith Olbermann then referred to an excerpt from a Daily Beast story that details the political history of the suspect’s mother, who penned an open letter of support to then-President-elect Trump, which she posted on her blog in November 2016.

Barstool founder Dave Portnoy then responded to the statement of Keith Olbermann on social media.

Olbermann then doubled down later on his social media, calling out Barstool for in his opinion exploiting this story.

It doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, this is just not the time of the place to be making a political statement. There are four victims of a tragic murder and the true story is that these young men and women lost their lives far too soon in a senseless act of violence.

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FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn Backs Rollbacks In Ownership Limits

 “Local broadcasting is vital to the lifeblood of every community.”

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FCC nominee Gigi Sohn had some interesting things to say in regards to media ownership limits, and some things she has in mind would have a huge effect on media as we know it.

Sohn said that a rollback of media ownership limits has gone too far, and that a course reversal is necessary for the state of local media.

“There’s almost no media ownership rules left, and I do think we need to consider whether some of those need to be restored,” Gigi Sohn said during the nearly three-hour Senate hearing.

The current quadrennial media ownership review offers an opening to policymakers that she said the FCC should take advantage of. “I wonder if there might be new ways to encourage minority media ownership through that quadrennial.”

Sohn says that her criticism of media consolidation comes from a place of love and passion towards local radio and news outlets.

 “Local broadcasting is vital to the lifeblood of every community. They alone among the communications platforms are dedicated to serving local communities with local emergency alerts, local news and so I think it’s critically important.”

Gigi Sohn backed a proposal in the pending “Build Back Better” legislation that would provide tax credits to local media outlets that hire local journalists to their companies.

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