Well, that didn’t take long.
One of the premier MMA journalists finished up his time at ESPN, and now he’s wearing a whole bunch of different hats. Ariel Helwani announced today that he is working with The Ringer, BT Sport, Substack, and Vox Media as he moves on from a three-year stint at ESPN.
Helwani is bringing his signature podcast, The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, back to Vox Media as a part of their podcast network.
“It feels like not a day has gone by without someone asking me to bring back The MMA Hour or telling me how much they miss it,” Helwani said in a press release. “Well, I missed it, too. Tremendously. So, I am extremely excited to let the fans know that — finally — The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in their life. Man, it feels good to write that.”
Speaking of writing, Ariel Helwani will house his scribing on Substack for the foreseeable future. His TV duties will shift over to BT Sport, where he will conduct long-form interviews with MMA voices while also contributing to their WWE and Boxing coverage. While his podcast duties will be twofold: the MMA Hour and a live-focused show with Spotify and The Ringer.
The live-Spotify show is listenable for fans and records in real-time on their Green Room app, which they recently rebranded from Locker Room. Helwani goes live on the app before and after weekly fight cards to discuss all of the action. He also confirmed additional live Green Room shows if there is any big breaking news in the MMA world.
Ariel Helwani’s main podcast will still be The MMA Hour, but the Spotify partnership allows him to flex his live audio chops.
“We’re excited to welcome Ariel and the whole MMA Hour community back to MMA Fighting and SB Nation,” SB Nation SVP Jermaine Spradley said. “Ariel is a much-needed voice in the world of mixed martial arts — and the community that he’s built around that podcast and video series is one we’re excited to help him continue to grow.”
Ariel Helwani To Produce Content For BetMGM
“Helwani noted how much he enjoys MGM properties every time he goes out to the desert for a big fight.”
MMA reporter Ariel Helwani announced on his Substack that he is joining BetMGM as a content producer. Helwani is cooking up content for the service leading up to UFC fight cards while having access to the sports book’s treasure trove of data for his analysis.
“I’m working with great people each and every day. This is the dream. But there was one more partnership I was looking to secure,” Ariel Helwani wrote in his announcement post. “As you all know, sports gaming has exploded in America, and, of course, it’s a massive part of the way people talk about and consume combat sports.”
Helwani has put on a bunch of different hats since leaving ESPN, including new roles with SB Nation, BT Sport, and The Ringer.
“So, I wanted to partner with a gaming company, too,” Helwani continued. “To provide content for and to share content leading up to events. This was big for me. And, truth be told, there was only one entity I wanted to team up with and only one that I actually spoke to: BetMGM.”
Ariel Helwani noted how much he enjoys MGM properties every time he goes out to the Nevada desert for a big fight. He also mentioned one key relationship that threaded his time at ESPN with this new role, his connection to BetMGM COO Ryan Spoon.
“Spoon was the digital content chief at ESPN during my time there,” Helwani wrote. “He’s a great guy. Very non-corporate, which is my style. I enjoyed working with him very much.
“Well, late last year, he announced that he would be leaving ESPN to become the new COO of BetMGM. I found this move to be fascinating on many levels, but it also told me that if Ryan was willing to leave a great gig at ESPN for BetMGM, BetMGM was a special place to be.”
Like so many ESPN ex-pats before him, Ariel Helwani is leveraging his brand just fine during a fresh stage of his career.
All-22 Camera Returning To NFL Game Pass
“As of Sept. 23, the service hasn’t returned. Many buyers purchased Game Pass under the guise that All-22 would be included.”
Media members in and around the NFL can soon rejoice.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that All-22 film capabilities are returning to NFL Game Pass today. All-22 is exactly what it sounds like; the viewer can see all 22 players on the field during any given play. The camera view from each end zone is one of the many angles NFL coaches use to break down film of their teams and opponents.
The service has not been accessible on Game Pass for months now, and it has hampered the media at large from diving into their NFL analysis.
“We are targeting the end of Week 1/early Week 2 for coaches film to be available,” an NFL spokesperson told PFT earlier this month via email. “The team has a demo scheduled for mid-week next week and will deploy accordingly.”
As of Sept. 23, the service hasn’t returned. Many buyers purchased Game Pass under the guise that All-22 would be included. So far, those promises aren’t being kept. Users were also upset about search functions being removed from the website.
They’ve been through this song and dance before with the new version of Game Pass. PFT also reported on an All-22 re-launch date in early August.
“According to the league,” Mike Florio wrote last month. “The goal is to return the all-22 film to Game Pass service by the start of the regular season. The technical interface to Game Pass has changed, and it could be a technical issue associated with the transition. Whatever the reason, the all-22 film will be back in time to watch the film from the 272 regular-season games to be played in 2021.”
Nearly a month into the 2021 NFL regular season and Game Pass is still having issues with its interface. With most media members still barred from locker rooms, reviewing film is one of the ways some reporters supplement their coverage.
NFL Considers Monday Night Wild Card Weekend Game
It seems that a Monday night wildcard weekend game seems to be a go for the NFL.
NFL has some new plans to change their ”Super Wild Card” idea from last year that included six total games. Now, they want to have one of their games on Monday of Wild Card Weekend, according to Ian Rapaport.
It seems as if the NFL is trying new methods of different days to try and raise the viewership of the Wild Card Weekend, as ratings were down across the board last season.
This does present some logistical issues for the NFL that some sports media members have pointed out. It could result in one or more teams having to play Monday night and then having a Saturday game turnaround the following week.
Warren Sharp of NBC Sports and The Ringer had some stats that would assume that if this was the case, that the team playing on short rest would be at a distinct disadvantage.
NBC Sports’s Peter King has said that this is not the first time the NFL has discussed this move to another primetime game on Wild Card Weekend, as they talked about the possibility all the way back in February.
However, there were some scheduling issues due to college football’s national championship game being on the same day. This issue no longer exists with the expanded season to 17 games, so it seems that a Monday night Wildcard Weekend game seems to be a go for the NFL.
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