Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons reported to training camp this week, leaving one remaining NBA All-Star yet to join their squad for the 2021-22 NBA season. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been adamant against receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and the Nets are adamant about keeping him away from the team until he does so.
General manager Sean Marks released a statement Tuesday morning confirming that Irving will not be earning a part-time paycheck in 2021. Citing chemistry concerns on their path to an NBA Title, Marks noted it would be too difficult to only accommodate Irving on road trips.
“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation,” Marks said. “We have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant.
“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”
This absence is an unprecedented situation in NBA history. A consensus title favorite is without one of its best players because of a personal choice. The Nets sport arguably the best NBA duo for 2021-22 in Kevin Durant and James Harden, but are no longer the lock to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy many thought them to be.
All of the news caused quite a stir in the sports media community, from jokes to serious commentary on the whole situation.
Bomani Jones: Jeff Bezos Wanting NFL Team Could Determine How Washington Post Covers Gruden Story
“Towards the end of the conversation, Le Batard and Jones discussed who might try to get deeper into this story that saw a few emails surface from a database of 650,000.”
The sports media world reacted to former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden’s resignation left and right on Tuesday. ESPN’s Bomani Jones made an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz to discuss the fallout from the scandal and also gave some details into his new venture with HBO.
Gruden resigned on Monday night after The New York Times published a story containing racist, misogynistic, and homophobic emails sent by the football coach over seven years. Jones and the crew went in-depth on the entire story.
Towards the end of the conversation, Le Batard and Jones discussed who might try to investigate deeper into this scandal that saw a few emails surface from a database of 650,000.
“Investigative journalism is a place where the budgets have been slashed,” Bomani Jones said on the show. “So the question then becomes — because it really needs to come from the outside — ‘well, is there a journalistic entity that was going to get to the bottom of this?’ And if there is one that will do it.
“One that is enthused to do it, and one that I believe would invest resources that they may not otherwise have invested, it would be the newspaper owned by a billionaire who we hear, maybe just maybe, would like to buy an NFL team.”
The billionaire Jones is referring to is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.
“If I were running The Washington Post,” Jones declared. “We are on it, on it, on it, and I would be shook if I had any association with that franchise after that.”
Jones wasn’t at liberty to discuss exact details surrounding Game Theory with Bomani Jones, his new HBO show, but he did give some broad themes that the show wants to hit on.
“I actually have no idea what we are allowed to talk about,” Jone responded honestly. “we haven’t had that meeting yet. I will tell you though that if you think in the vein of like Daily Show, John Oliver-type of stuff but in the direction of sports.”
The show debuts on HBO next year. Watch the full appearance above.
ESPN Launching Podcast Version Of Bald Men On Campus
“This podcast gives us the opportunity to talk about all the biggest issues in college basketball.“
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.
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