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Bob Costas Takes Demetri Ravanos Behind The Scenes Of BASEketball

“At the beginning, it seems like it is fun and then they are tossing some lines our way you can’t believe even though there is one line attached to me that they use in the trailer.”

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Listeners to The Media Noise podcast with Demetri Ravanos here on Barrett Sports Media are in for a treat this week. Starting Friday, you will hear Part 1 of a 2-part interview that Ravanos did with legendary broadcaster Bob Costas (Part 2 will air November 24). 

During this interview, Costas talks about his relationship with Bomani Jones, who he works with on Back On The Record With Bob Costas on HBO, what his favorite minor league baseball team names are, and much more. But, he also gets into his role in the 1998 film, BASEketball

Costas had interacted with the Zucker brothers before and he actually was invited to do another one of their movies before, but he ultimately had to turn it down. 

“They had invited me to be part of The Naked Gun movie that includes all of the scenes at Anaheim Stadium. One of the scenes is when they pan across the broadcast booth, and again a sendup of the idea that you need a battalion of people to call a baseball game. I was supposed to be a part of that and I wanted to do it and I had some kind of conflict and couldn’t. I said to them if you ever have another project, let me know.”

However, Costas’s agent, the late Barry Frank, didn’t really want him to do the movie, but Costas wanted to give it a shot.

During this movie, Costas got the chance to work with Al Michaels in the broadcast booth. The two of them never got to work together until that point. While the two iconic broadcasters never met any of the other key figures in the movies since their scenes were shot on the last day of filming, they knew how important their scenes were. 

“They needed our scenes to tie the movie together. Without us, they didn’t have any connective tissue to tie the story to go from one part of the story to the next. At the beginning, it seems like it is fun and then they are tossing some lines our way you can’t believe even though there is one line attached to me that they use in the trailer.” 

However, the one issue that comes across is Costas and Michaels figuring out that they are both getting paid different amounts of money to be a part of the film. After Michaels threatens to leave, he ends up getting more money out of it. Neither of them knew how much they were getting until they ended up flipping a coin to determine who reveals their salary first. 

“When we take a break for lunch, Al says to me this may be going sideways. I say to Al at least it pays well. He looks at me and he says what do you mean. I said, well it’s more than fair…It turns out I was getting five times as much as he does. At least my agent who didn’t want me to do it was determined if you were going to do it, you were going to get paid through the nose. In the end, he got a little bit extra beyond what I got just so he can say he was made completely whole.”

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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