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Meadowlark Media Producing Podcast For BBC

“Skipper also discussed the company’s plans to enter into more video content projects such as documentaries.”

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Meadowlark Media is using its audio production resources to help out some friends across the pond. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the BBC commissioned the company to produce a new podcast for the series: Sport’s Strangest Crimes.

The eight-episode podcast series is slated to release in February 2022 and follows the journey of Anthony Curcio. Meadowlark head of audio Carl Scott oversees the project that tracks “one of the most elaborate heists in U.S. history.”

“This is a victory in that we have a commission from a second buyer,” Meadowlark co-founder John Skipper told The Hollywood Reporter. “We do have ambitions to be a global supplier of sports content, so for us, it represents a step outside of the [Dan] Le Batard universe, and a partnership with a prestigious company, the BBC, and content in Europe.”

Skipper also discussed the company’s plans to enter into more video content projects such as documentaries.

“I hope that the move into video will happen not far after Labor Day,” Skipper said. “I am learning one thing in this business, which is that there is some level of lead time. … We are an impatient bunch, but these things take time to get through companies and have layers of approval. We want to be a supplier across all genres.”

The company has grown at a fever pitch over the past seven months as Skipper and Le Batard work out the kinks on the new venture. Meadowlark raised $12.6 million in Series A funding this April, with DAZN, DraftKings, and former Sony Pictures executive Michael Lynton listed as investors in the round.

On the talent side, Meadowlark has brought in the likes of writer/producer Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation) and former ESPN voice Jemele Hill. Skipper is comfortable with the brand Meadowlark is building in its infancy.

“We decided not to create a platform where we would need to drive subscribers or drive advertising,” Skipper concluded. “Or a platform that would require us to post things daily or on a regular schedule.”

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Sports Media Rips Baseball Hall Of Fame For Barry Bonds Snub

“David Ortíz got the nod from 77% of voters. He was the only one to get more than the required 75% for induction.”

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Performance-enhancing drugs are a non-starter for some Hall of Fame voters. “Some” in this case likely means about 34% of those with a ballot. It is the only explanation for Barry Bonds not getting in.

The Hall of Fame revealed its 2022 class on Tuesday night. David Ortíz got the nod from 77% of voters. He was the only one to get more than the required 75% for induction. Bonds finished second in the voting with his name showing up on 66% of the ballots.

Bonds and Ortíz were amongst a group of candidates who were considered controversial. Based on numbers and on-field performance, they, along with Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, and Curt Schilling likely belong in the Hall of Fame. Bonds, Clemens, Ortiz, and Rodriguez have all been tied to the use of performance enhancing drugs and human growth hormone. Schilling has become something of a pariah in baseball due to his political extremism.

While cases can be made for all five men, the sports media seemed to zero-in on Barry Bonds. His exclusion drew a series of damning tweets and criticism of the Hall of Fame and its voters.

For the record, Barry Bonds is both the single season and all-time leader in home runs. He also holds the all-time record for walks and single season records for walks, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. He is also a seven-time MVP and fourteen-time all star.

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Wynn Resorts Plans To Cut Losses, Sell Sports Betting Unit For $500M

Wynn increased revenue from Q3 of 2020 at $370.5 million to $994.6 million in revenue in Q3 2021.

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Due to high marketing costs to bring in new customers, Wynn Resorts is looking to sell Wynn Interactive, the company’s betting unit, for $500 million. Wynn Interactive was valued at $3 billion last year, according to the New York Post, and has grown in revenue and popularity. But the costs are proving to be too much to handle. 

The WynnBET sportsbook has market access in multiple states including Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, and New York. It had also partnered up with NFL franchises and multiple professional athletes. Among these were the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, and New York Jets, along with Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Howard, and Chad Johnson.

Wynn increased revenue from Q3 of 2020 at $370.5 million to $994.6 million in revenue in Q3 2021. However, the company still remained at a net loss of $166.2 million during the quarter, down from a net loss of $758.1 million in Q3 2020.

Wynn is having to do a bit of backtracking and trying to cut their losses. They acquired a $1.5 billion line of credit from the Bank of China last September, with $100 million of it being planned to use to market the sports betting app for this year’s football season.

In another cancellation, Wynn was hoping to take the online sports betting division public via a SPAC merger with Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation but had to kiss that goodbye last November.

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FanDuel Makes Nearly $17 Million In New York After NFL Wild Card Weekend

Plenty of bettors in New York were chomping at the bit to legally wager on games.

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Mobile sports gambling has only been live in New York for a few weeks and already, the sportsbooks and the state are raking in the cash.

New York City news station WPIX reported Monday that FanDuel saw $16.9 million in gross revenue following Saturday and Sunday NFL Wild Card playoff games. The Monday night game featuring the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals was excluded from that total, but the sportsbook made an additional $2 million.

In New Jersey, PIX reported the state made $41.8 million in gross revenue in January 2021. That number was expected to be exceeded by FanDuel in New York as of Monday.

The station also reported $3.9 million in earnings for DraftKings, $14.1 million for Caesars Sportsbook, and $70,433 for RushStreet following NFL Wild Card Weekend.

Plenty of bettors in New York were chomping at the bit to legally wager on games and it’s clear the floodgates opened once everything went live earlier this month.

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