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Steve Kerr Talks About Podcast Experience, Relationship With Bill Simmons

“Kerr is an avid podcast listener and was quick to answer host Dax Holt when asked which of his players would make the best host.”

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr appeared on Podsauce last week to discuss his favorite podcasts, which Warrior’s player would make the best podcast host, plus, his relationship with Bill Simmons and The Ringer.

Kerr is an avid podcast listener and was quick to answer host Dax Holt when asked which of his players would make the best host.

 “Andre [Iguodala],” Kerr quickly answered before saying the veteran NBA forward could “talk about anything he wanted.”

“Give him the mic,” Kerr continued. “He’s just got this really interesting, diverse personality, background, education. He’s really aware of what’s happening politically, socially. He’s knee-deep in the tech world, Silicon Valley. He’s an NBA historian. He asks me about the Bulls back in the day because he grew up watching those teams. He could talk about Steve Jobs or Michael Jordan comfortably either way, and he’s also just got a wicked, sarcastic sense of humor. So, he’d be great.”

Kerr built up a working relationship with Simmons over his years calling games for TNT, and he ended up working with “The Sports Guy” during the pandemic. Kerr co-hosted Flying Coach with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

“It was really fun,” Kerr said about doing the show. “We had great guests, and a lot of interesting conversations…I could see doing it down the road after I’m done coaching…This was specifically a pandemic project…We raised a bunch of money for the Warriors Foundation, Seahawks Foundation.”

The Warriors head coach was a frequent guest on Simmons’s podcast as an analyst and still makes appearances as a coach.

“Bill and I have known each other for a long time, and when I was in the TV world working for TNT, and he was working for ESPN, we would cross paths quite a bit, and he asked me to be on the show, and I went on it. I ended up going on it four or five times just as an NBA observer. After I left the TV world and became the Warriors coach, I continued to do his show once every couple of years. Since I’ve been a coach I’ve probably done it like three times.”

Catch the full Podsauce conversation with Kerr above.

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Julian Edelman Launches ‘Games With Names’ Podcast

The podcast, which will debut August 23rd, will relive the most iconic games in sports history, hence the Games with Names moniker.

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Former NFL wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has teamed up with comedian Sam Morril to launch the Games with Names podcast.

The podcast, which will debut August 23rd, will relive the most iconic games in sports history, hence the Games with Names moniker.

“Everyone’s always talking about who the GOAT is, but Sam and I are looking for the GOAG: The Greatest of all Games,” Edelman said.

Edelman, who retired from the NFL in 2020, has already worked elsewhere in sports media. He joined the cast of Inside the NFL on Paramount+ last season.

Meanwhile, Morril was excited to get the opportunity to work with Edelman.

“Julian Edelman is a three-time Super Bowl Champion and I just got 10,000 airline miles complaining that my in flight TV didn’t work,” said Morril. “We both know how to get things done, and it was only a matter of time before we joined forces.”

The podcast will be presented by WynnBET.

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Colin Cowherd Adds Madden Streamer Brady Mays to The Volume

Cowherd added that Mays, 25, brings a different level of content to the table.

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Colin Cowherd once had very strong feelings about video games and esports, but apparently his mindset has changed. It’s changed so much so that Cowherd has brought on a popular Madden NFL streamer to his digital company The Volume.

Brady “Mayz” Mays has made a name for himself on YouTube streaming himself playing the popular video game. According to Yahoo, Mays channel amassed upwards of 100,000 subscribers.

“I’ve had a total change of heart,” Cowherd said in an email to Sportico. “That business is so lucrative that parents these days might be telling their kids to STOP playing outside and go inside and play some video games.”

Cowherd added that Mays, 25, brings a different level of content to the table, and that was what drew their interest in the streamer.

“At The Volume, we comb the internet for people who cut through within a specific genre,” Cowherd said. “We wanted to find a unique talent in esports, starting with Madden, and at every turn, someone on the internet was pointing to Mayz.”

“I’m excited to bring a new, innovative style of content to the table,” Mays added. “Partnering with Colin and The Volume is a testament to the growth and legitimacy of the gaming industry today.”

Mays will be the first person hired by The Volume to stream on Twitch. The newest edition of the EA Sports Madden NFL franchise drops later this week.

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Amazon Tells Thursday Night Football Advertisers Not to Expect TV Ratings Numbers

Amazon is reportedly getting out in front of potentially lower ratings for coverage of the games than on traditional TV.

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The clock is ticking down until Amazon Prime Video begins its run as the home for Thursday Night Football.

But with the shift to streaming, Amazon is reportedly getting out in front of potentially lower ratings for coverage of the games than on traditional TV.

According to Ad Age, the tech giant is anticipating 12.5 million viewers tuning in each week. Last season when the games aired on FOX, the audience peaked at 20 million.

So to help curb concerns from advertisers concerning lower viewership, Amazon is reportedly working with those brands and companies to leverage their NFL ad buys into broader e-commerce ads.

Ad Age reports the price of ad time on Thursdays on Amazon has also decreased compared to what they were going for with FOX. Amazon has asked in the ballpark of $500,000 for a 30-second spot, where FOX ads had an average price of $635,439.

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