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Jeff Passan’s Twitter Account Hacked While MLB Lockout Continues

“The irony is if Jeff Passan tried to get into his account and failed, the result is a lockout…”

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Virtually none of the news and social media updates regarding the MLB lockout, and negotiations between baseball team owners and players, has been entertaining. But a bit levity was finally introduced the conversation on Thursday when ESPN baseball reporter Jeff Passan’s Twitter account was hacked.

It’s possible that Passan’s account will be reclaimed and corrected by the time this post publishes and the hacked tweets will be deleted. Just in case that happens, here is a screencap of the tweet currently pinned at the top of the @JeffPassan timeline.

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[UPDATE: Passan’s Twitter account appears to have been restored, with the hacked tweets removed from his timeline.]

Passan’s Twitter account was hacked by someone (a group?) associated with the Skulltoons account promoting NFTs of artist Teodoru Badiu’s work. Or the hacker was a diehard fan or disrupter looking to cause some trouble.

The @SkulltoonsNFT account claims to have nothing to do with the hack, saying that someone is trying to scam its community on Twitter and Discord.

The hack comes at a terribly inconvenient time for Passan and baseball fans, who could have news to report at any moment regarding labor negotiations between MLB owners and the players union. What if the labor dispute was actually resolved while Passan’s Twitter account was unavailable, after all of the hours, days, months, and weeks he’s spent covering this story?

(OK, the lockout being resolved is probably as much of a fantasy as whatever NFT, Crypto thing Skulltoons has to offer. But still.)

An ESPN spokesperson told the New York Post‘s Ryan Glasspiegel, “We’re in the process of addressing it.”

As you might expect, Baseball Twitter had some laughs with the whole matter, most of them at Passan’s expense.

Pat McAfee had some fun with the hack as well.

The Twitter hack comes during a rough period for Passan, who was reprimanded by ESPN for a profane remark he made on the ESPN Daily podcast about the MLB labor negotiations that favorably viewed the players’ side of the dispute.

Being perceived as supporting the players, rather than being objective, has opened Passan up to criticism throughout sports media and sports media. WFAN’s Craig Carton was among those denouncing Passan for what he saw as a lack of objectivity.

Unless Passan has actually decided to go from reporting on baseball for ESPN into the NFT and Crypto business, this Twitter hack will likely be resolved soon. Then he can return to sharing incremental progress being made and slight offers being exchanged back and forth, along with frustrations over the lockout continuing. At least there was some brief fun to be had, however.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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