Marc Malusis: WPIX Gig Seemed Like Longshot, But Ready to Be Different
“I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”
Earlier this month, it was announced that Marc “Moose” Malusis was going to be the lead sports anchor at WPIX-11. For the man who has become known for his radio work at WFAN over the years, he now will be providing viewers their updates every night on television.
Malusis was a guest on the most recent episode of the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast on The Ringer. Being a TV sports anchor was something Malusis never imagined would happen and he talked about the process of how it ended up happening thanks to someone he did digital work for in the past:
“It was a case of I got a call out of the blue. At that time, I was probably 6-7 weeks out after the show was not coming back at WFAN,” said Malusis. “I got a call from Todd Ehrlich, who is the executive sports director at WPIX. I had done some digital work for Todd a long time ago when he was at CBS.
“He called me and said we have an opening at WPIX. I’d like to throw your hat in the ring. I’m not making any promises that you will get the job, but I’d like to submit and make a pitch for you to get the job. Can you get me a tape and can you get me a resume ASAP? That’s where the ball started getting rolling.”
Giving updates on the news was not something Malusis was used to doing. Even though he was doing fill-in anchor spots at SNY, it is a new format for someone who is used to doing either talk radio or debating the hot sports topics on TV.
“Honestly at the time, I thought it was more of a longshot than anything else because I had more experience doing radio, a lot more experience doing debate-style shows at SNY,” said Malusis. “I had done a lot of different things on SNY, but that was really what we had done. I anchored a couple different shows here and there. When I started doing fill-in anchor shifts at SNY, this hadn’t really taken hold.”
As for what fans should expect when they turn on WPIX-11 to get their sports news, Malusis wants to bring some new things to the table and according to him, the network is embracing that.
“I wasn’t expecting to land with this opportunity. To be able to get this job and land on my feet the way I did, I am really blessed with the opportunity to land at PIX-11,” he said. “They are willing to do a lot of different things. I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”
So what is Malusis looking forward to doing with this new position? For him, he wants to be at the big games rather than talk about them from home or from a studio. Here is what he told Jastremski about what he is looking forward to the most:
“I think to be out at a big sporting event. Being at a championship parade, being at a big game, being at a practice before a Game 7. I never thought this opportunity would present itself. I am going to take the ball and run with it. I’m not afraid of hard work and sacrifice and time. Being at a big Yankees-Red Sox game in The Bronx, being at a big game at Citi Field with Max Scherzer on the mound. I’m really looking forward to that.”
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Dave Portnoy: I Trust Penn Entertainment as Much as Ever
“Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.”
Dave Portnoy may have had some public disagreements with Penn Entertainment, but he says that he still trusts the company to run Barstool. He took to Twitter earlier this week to dispel the myth that he is in a feud with the company.
“By the way everything I say or do nowadays is construed as me having beef with @PENNEntertain I 100% do not. Most of my net worth is still tied to $penn. The corporate woke overlord narrative is bullshit. They woulda never bought us in 1st place if that was true. I trust them now as much as when they bought us.”
Portnoy has not been shy about criticizing the company’s decision to fire Ben Mintz after Mintz said the n-word while reading rap lyrics. Several supporters, including Dana White, noted that it is the kind of decision that only happens when corporations take over creative enterprises.
Earlier this week, Dave Portnoy announced that he had hired Ben Mintz as the first employee of Brick Watch Company. Mintz was emotional in making the announcement. The decision was not made to stick it to Penn Entertainment according to Portnoy.
Penn first acquired a stake in Barstool in 2020. It invested $163 million at that time for a 36% stake. Earlier this year, it completed its acquisition, investing an addition $388 million for the remaining 62% of the company.
Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.
Multiple State Regulators Push Back on Effort to Legalize Gambling on WWE
“In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.”
Despite speculation over allowing sports bettors to wager on WWE, there doesn’t appear to be much support at the state level to add it to sportsbook offerings.
Earlier this year, WWE officials had discussions with accounting firm Ernst and Young to secure pre-determined match outcomes in order to allow betting on events. But many states where sports betting is legal have restrictions on wagering on scripted events.
In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.
“The Colorado Division of Gaming is not currently and has not considered allowing sports betting wagers on WWE matches. By statute, wagers on events with fixed or predicted outcomes or purely by chance are strictly prohibited in Colorado; this includes wagers on the Academy Awards,” Shannon Gray of the Colorado Division of Gaming told Sports Betting Dime.
In Ohio, the same rules apply. The Ohio Casino Control Commission has not fielded any requests to add WWE. Officials in Kansas haven’t received requests either by their residents.
Elsewhere, Maryland sees keeping WWE out of betting offerings as a way to keep the integrity of legal sports betting.
“Maryland’s sports wagering law and regulations prohibit forms of wagering that are contrary to public interest or unfair to bettors,” Seth Elkin of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency added. “We’ve determined that it is unfair to bettors and therefore not in the public’s interest to accept wagers on sports entertainment events that have scripted or predetermined outcomes, like professional wrestling.”
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Former Twitter Sports Boss TJ Adeshola Joins Arctos Partners
“We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
Less than two months after TJ Adeshola announced his exit from Twitter, he has resurfaced. Arctos Partners, a firm that he had been advising, named Adeshola an operating partner on Thursday.
In the new role, Adeshola will be much more hands-on with the firm, a private investment company that focuses its investments in the sports world. The firm says it focuses on unlocking “non-obvious opportunities long before others have noticed the market need or opportunity”.
TJ Adeshola’s digital sports marketing expertise will certainly come in handy with that.
“We believe TJ is an innovator in emerging digital and sports media trends, and his wealth of knowledge is a tremendous resource for our Arctos Operating Platform, the value-added capabilities we provide to our franchise partners,” Arctos’s Jordan Solomon said in a press release. “We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
During his decade with Twitter, Adeshola served as the Head of U.S. Sports Partnerships. His title was Head of Global Content Partnerships at the time of his exit.
He is credited with securing broad strategic partnerships with the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS as well as NASCAR, esports, college, and high school sports. He helped the platform grow the engagement and audience for those entities.
“I’m thrilled to expand my role with Arctos as an Operating Partner,” Adeshola added. “As the first investment firm to invest across multiple North American sports leagues, Arctos is an innovator and disruptor in the sports landscape. And true to form, the Arctos team recognizes the power of digital media as a tool for growth and an opportunity to drive value for its franchise partners.”