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Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner Partner with Meadowlark Media In Content Venture

New Amendment will have a first-look deal with Meadowlark to develop, produce, and distribute content.

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Meadowlark Media is adding to its podcast catalog, partnering with NBA players Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner for a new content venture called New Amendment.

The first project from New Amendment will be a podcast titled Point Forward, which debuts March 8 on major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Co-hosted by Iguodala and Turner, the weekly podcast will feature the longtime friends and former teammates on the Philadelphia 76ers providing their views and insights on a variety of topics, including sports headlines, tech innovations, internet memes, and book reviews. The two will interview athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians, and authors on the chosen subject.

“My mind is with Evan’s mind and we think similarly,” said Iguodala in Meadowlark’s announcement. “The focus of the Point Forward narrative is to expand the conversation beyond basketball. Partnering with Meadowlark allows us a creative space to own and do just that.” 

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The first episode, now available, discusses Kyrie Irving’s impact and how many true superstars there are in the NBA and athletes taking Bitcoin salaries, with Iguodala’s Golden State Warriors teammate Steph Curry joining the show to talk about his career.

“Andre is like my big brother,” Turner added. “On Point Forward, we are allowed to speak our minds and break everything down.  We will be adding new perspectives to the usual athlete conversation.”

Under the partnership with Meadowlark, Iguodala and Turner will have a first-look deal to develop, produce, and distribute content. It’s the same sort of arrangement Backstage Media, headed by John Marvel and Mike Silver, has with the company.

Meadowlark today announced a joint venture with Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner to co-develop entertainment projects under the banner New Amendment. The team will debut its first project, Point Forward, a podcast co-hosted by the former Philadelphia 76ers teammates and longtime friends. Under this model, Iguodala and Turner will have a first-look with Meadowlark to develop, produce and distribute content.

Point Forward will be produced by Carl Scott, Meadowlark Media’s executive director of audio.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to work with Andre and Evan on building this podcast,” said Scott. “We recognize the power athletes wield in controlling their own narratives and wanted to create a model in which we could provide a platform for their voices and the opportunity to fulfill their creative ambitions.” 

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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network

“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”

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Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.

“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”

Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.

“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’

“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.

In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.

The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”

He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO

“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

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Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).

DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.

Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.

“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”

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