ESPN Podcasts is set to launch a new podcast starting this week. Bald Men on Campus featuring Jay Bilas, Seth Greenburg, and LaPhonso Ellis will premiere Thursday, October 14th. The trio already have a show by the same name on the ACC Network. Now they will be bringing their already established chemistry to the podcasting world.
“Nothing has made me want to grow hair more than being a part of Bald Men on Campus,” Bilas joked in a press release. “This podcast gives us the opportunity to talk about all the biggest issues in college basketball with the best coaches and players as guests and the best broadcasters in the business as hosts…and the most humble.
A preview of the new podcast can be found under the podcast section of the ESPN website. Their show on the ACC Network will also be returning in January of 2022, with more details available in the coming months.
“Bald Men on Campus podcast will be a conversation with three basketball lifers that look at the game through their own unique prism. We will bring on coaches and other unique voices of the game.” said Seth Greenburg on the new podcast.
MLB Wants Stake In Sinclair Streaming Service
Diamond Sports Group may have found their suitor for funding towards a streaming option.
Since Sinclair’s purchase of the former Fox Sports regional sports networks now called Diamond Sports Group, there have been a lot of talks about their plans to offer direct-to-consumer streaming options. The plan would need to involve a large amount of funding, as some have speculated that bankruptcy could also be in Diamond Sports Group’s future.
Major League Baseball has reportedly asked for a stake in Sinclair’s streaming option whenever it comes to fruition.
MLB’s involvement would seemingly be a good thing for the short-term, giving Diamond Sports a lifeline at a time where it seems like they definitely need it. From MLB’s standpoint, it would be the league that is most affected by any potential bankruptcy, so it makes complete sense to want to get involved.
Any streaming option would not include just MLB content, as Sinclair has signed deals with the NBA and the NHL through their Bally Sports RSNs. The MLB however is probably their biggest product, as most of their RSNs are based around local baseball rights.
It is worth noting that the MLB does have a history of getting involved with companies and translating it to success. They purchased a stake in BAMTech (previously MLB Advanced Media), created a service that they needed, and then benefitted from selling the equity.
TuneIn Launches NHL Coverage
“Our Premium members spoke and we listened.”
TuneIn Radio is set to start their coverage of yet another professional sport. Their coverage of the NHL begins this week with all regular season and playoff games set to air on TuneIn Premium.
Similar to their other sports offerings, each team has a dedicated channel with live and replay-on-demand play-by-play.
“Our Premium members spoke and we listened,” said TuneIn CEO Richard Stern.
“Over the last three months, we’ve dramatically increased our collegiate and professional sports offerings in Premium. With this partnership, TuneIn and NHL will delight hockey fans around the world with access to all the action on and off the ice.” Stern added.
TuneIn has really been ramping up their professional sports offerings on their Premium content, in August they launched a 24/7 NFL channel that offers content from some of the most popular NFL shows including Good Morning Football, NFL Now, Total Access, and Gameday Morning.
The NFL channel offers similar flexibility for fans of every team in the league, as they also offer live play-by-play streaming coverage for the duration of the NFL season.
Barstool’s White Sox Dave, Actor John Cusack Fight Over Fandom
”You can’t just go to the Cubs side and the Sox side.”
The rivalry between the Cubs and the White Sox in the city of Chicago is one that often separates sports fans and forces them to declare a firm allegiance. Apparently, actor John Cusack does not feel that it has to be that way, and Dave Williams, better known to Barstool Sports fans as “White Sox Dave,” took exception to Cusack rooting for the White Sox while also being a Cubs fan.
This was the interaction between the two posted by Barstool Chicago on Twitter, and while it is somewhat hard to hear in the beginning, you can hear Williams say ”Half the fun about being a fan is being miserable, you can’t just go to the Cubs side and the Sox side.” Cusack responded saying that he grew up going to watch both teams as a kid.
Williams says ”The doesn’t count, you can’t do that, it’s like against the rules. The best part of having two teams in Chicago is that there are two teams you could root for.”
Williams then finally walks away while saying that John Cusick is number one on his ”banned list.”
Adding to the weirdness is that John Cusack was not the only celebrity involved. Oscar winner Patricia Arquette saw the tweet from Barstool Chicago and decided to come to Cusack’s defense.
This was not the end of the altercation, however, as it later turned to Twitter after to video was posted and it got a whole lot nastier.
Cusack was famously in the 1988 movie Eight Men Out, which is about the White Sox 1919 gambling scandal, so his history with the White Sox dates pretty far back.
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