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George Wrighster, Doug Gottlieb Bring New Podcasts To iHeart

“All three of these shows bolster the growing options from the iHeartPodcast Network.”

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Fox Sports radio hosts George Wrighster and Doug Gottlieb are offering fresh content to iHeartPodcast Network listeners. Wrighster is bringing his two podcasts, Wrighster or Wrong and Pac-12 Apostles, to the network. 

Gottlieb and Wrighster partnered to bring the KJ Live show to iHeart Media as well. Former UCLA Bruins basketball player Kris Johnson hosts the show, and it will run in the same release feed as All Ball with Doug Gottlieb.

“I’m extremely excited and blessed to be joining the iHeartPodcast Network,” Wrighster shared in a press release. “Our family of podcasts will add fearless, quality content and entertainment for the listeners. Buckle up. The ride will be fun.”

Wrighster played tight end in the NFL for six seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants. He now hosts on Fox Sports Radio from 5-8 p.m. ET every weekend. He is also a motivational speaker focusing on mental health awareness for military veterans. Wrighster hosts both of the podcasts with the publisher of ArizonaVarsity.com, Ralph Amsden.

Johnson played at UCLA from 1994 to 1998 and has done work for Spectrum SportsNet, Fox Sports, and ESPN. He is in the early days of the KJ Live experience, having started the show in February of this year.

“Partnering with Doug Gottlieb and George Wrighster gives me the opportunity to expand my audience through the iHeartPodcast Network,” said Johnson. “I’m excited to introduce new voices in both sports and entertainment to the platform.”

Johnson and his father, Marques, are still the only father/son duo in college basketball history to win a national championship at the same school. Kris won as a freshman in 1995, and Marques captured glory in 1975, the 10th and final title of John Wooden’s career.

All three of these podcasts bolster the growing options from the iHeartPodcast Network.

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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LaVar Arrington, ‘Up On Game Presents’ Forges Multiplatform Deal With John Brenkus, Brinx.TV

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

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Fox Sports Radio morning co-host LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform deal with creator and host of Sport Science John Brenkus and Brinx.TV.

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV,” said Arrington. “This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry.”

“LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field,” adds Brenkus. “By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV’s distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success.”

Up On Game Presents is the podcast platform Arrington curates, in conjunction with Fox Sports Radio. The Up On Game podcast features Arrington and former NFL Pro Bowl wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress.

Brinx.TV was created in February of 2021 and allows subscribers the ability to watch live programming while also make purchases, bid in auctions, buy NFTs, and answer trivia questions.

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