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Dan Le Batard: ‘People Don’t Understand Our DraftKings Deal’

“Dan Le Batard said that he knows Miami’s Cuban community can appreciate why it mattered so much that he was able to work with whoever he wanted on whatever he wanted.”

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DraftKings is giving Dan Le Batard and Meadowlark Media the money necessary to change the way sports radio is done. That is according to Dan Le Batard, who joined Jonathan Zaslow on WQAM in Miami yesterday.

After a fifteen minute conversation condemning the Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross, which included Le Batard saying “This place swallowed Saban. It swallowed Parcells. It swallows greatness,” he laid out his crew’s plans for the Super Bowl.

“Super Bowl week, we had giant plans! We were so excited about going to the Super Bowl, making a mess of it, making fun of it. We were going to get a mansion and a houseboat and all sorts of things to be fools and kick off the new year.”

So maybe the Super Bowl plans aren’t coming to fruition, but that doesn’t mean that Dan Le Batard, Meadowlark Media, and DraftKings aren’t working to create special content in the future. Le Batard told Zaslow that he doesn’t think the average listener really gets that nearly anything is possible for them now.

“People don’t understand, Zas, what our deal with DraftKings is. It’s a monster deal that we hope changes the way some of this is. They’re gonna give us rocket fuel over the next year to do some big and interesting things as the partnership evolves.”

Dan Le Batard said that he knows Miami’s Cuban community can appreciate why it mattered so much that he was able to work with whoever he wanted on whatever he wanted. He described Meadowlark Media as “free agency” and noted that the audience will soon just be starting to see what is possible for the company in the video space.

“When we left ESPN, we built the airplane in the sky over the last year,” Le Batard said.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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