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Blue Wire Podcast Studio Unveiled at Wynn Las Vegas

The state-of-the-art space, adjacent to the casino floor inside the Wynn, will span 1,700 square feet and feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls so that fans and resort guests can view recordings.

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On Tuesday morning, WynnBET announced the details of a new Blue Wire podcasting studio coming to the Wynn Las Vegas.

The project is currently under construction with the expectation that operations will kick off in August ahead of the 2021 NFL season, according to a press release sent out by WynnBET and Blue Wire.

The state-of-the-art space, adjacent to the casino floor inside the Wynn, will span 1,700 square feet and feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls so that fans and resort guests can view recordings. The space will be used year-round to create sports-related audio, video and social content from Blue Wire’s network of more than 175 podcasts, according to the release.

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“The production and distribution of engaging, ‘only at Wynn’ content is an important part of our strategy to build the WynnBET brand,” said Craig Billings, President of Wynn Interactive. “Our partnership with Blue Wire will create unique storytelling-based sports content, much of it produced at Wynn Las Vegas. The onsite studio will energize our physical sportsbook and promote the WynnBET experience”

Blue Wire’s roster of podcasting talent is also growing alongside its new space. Chris Long will continue his wildly popular podcast, Green Light With Chris Long, which will now be produced and licensed exclusively by Blue Wire and Cris Carter will host a new podcast under the Blue Wire umbrella called WR1 where he’ll interview the top receivers in football.

WynnBET will serve as title sponsor for both programs.

The release also notes that “Haley O’Shaughnessy, co-host of the basketball lifestyle podcast Spinsters alongside Jordan Ligons, will also maintain a prominent presence at the studio to deliver her unique perspective on the week’s current events and provide in-depth reporting on topics that showcase the other side of basketball.”

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“This partnership gives Blue Wire a national stage inside Wynn Las Vegas to compete with top publishers in sports and entertainment,” said Blue Wire CEO Kevin Jones. “We’ll continue to work with emerging talent and create original content from the floor of the resort, becoming an activation hub for events such as the NBA Summer League, the 2022 NFL Draft, and beyond. We can’t wait to start hosting creators, partners, and fans this August.”

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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network

“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”

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Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.

“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”

Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.

“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’

“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.

In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.

The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”

He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO

“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

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Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).

DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.

Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.

“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”

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