Sometimes, you never know how working together on a radio show or podcast can affect a friendship that could emerge. For Bomani Jones and Dan Le Batard, there was one incident in particular that caused the two of them to have a rare disagreement.
Jones was a guest on an episode of The Big Suey as part of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, and the two of them recalled what Le Batard said is the only bad argument that they ever had. It came from somebody who worked with the two of them that somehow thought Jones was Stugotz.
“Dan and Stugotz were doing that thing where they are telling a joke amongst themselves like other people ain’t around and expecting everyone to know what’s going on,” Jones explained. “Stugotz’s response was angry and the guy on the phone says ‘Oh, wow, Bomani, what a surprise you are angry. That only happens in days that end in y.’ Then, it was the clarification that it wasn’t Bomani and then it was just chuckles. I was like, yo, this dude really tried to play me according to a racist trope.
“I said something to you about it and you told me that there must have been a reason that he thought that and I walked out. I didn’t say anything for probably a week and a half, which was a terrible idea because I was so furious. By the time I said something, I walked into the room and was so mad that I was crying in saying, don’t do that again. The trigger for Dan Le Batard is telling him to or not to do something.”
Jones went on to say what exactly hurt him about that situation.
“What hurt about that for me was it felt like I was hearing my white friends laugh at a racist joke except the racist joke was not just generally racist, but it was actually about me and then in trying to say that was kind of messed up, it was like, well, there must be some reason this person feels that way,” said Jones. “Interactions like those for me are part of why it’s hard for me to take people seriously. When people outside have things to say about me because there is so much trash out there, that it’s hard for people to tell.”
In the early stages of the two of them doing Highly Questionable, people thought that Jones was going to ruin Le Batard’s career, but then once they saw the show, people came up to Jones and said they were sorry they thought that:
“I remember that when we first started doing that show, you had your friends who thought I was going to ruin your career and everything else because I was going to be the worst thing that could happen,” Jones recalled. “Keep it real, best thing to happen actually. Guy came up to me at your wedding and told me I told Dan he was making a big mistake when you started working with him. I didn’t understand it. I thought it was going to ruin his career. I was wrong and it’s very nice to be able to meet you.”
Jones knows that he is more of an acquired taste for people because they are not accustomed to everything he might say sometimes:
“Just give them a second to get used to this,” he said. “This is not the same as they are accustomed to. I fully understand that. The moment is going to come where they realize I am more similar to them than almost anybody they are going to find on the air. It’s just going to take them a little while to see it. Once they do, they are going to ride with me forever.”
At the end of the show, Jones talked about what he wanted people to know about his time working with Le Batard and said chemistry was hard to pick up right away. But he misses the human elements of working with Le Batard.
“One thing I don’t think that people quite grasp is that Erik Rydholm created a television show that allowed us to do well when we actually didn’t have much chemistry,” said Jones. “I got to Miami on May 11th , we did our first show on May 13th. That show never had us looking at each other. Dan would do that show, then jump into the car and go do a radio show. If Dan decides he’s going to be your friend, he’s going to be your friend right away. I operate in the complete opposite space. It was a bit of an evolution in figuring out how to bring that together.
“Figuring that out was more of a process than I think people would realize. That is one of the rare relationships in my life where there really wasn’t an option. I got a four-year contract, I moved, we are going to do this, and we did. I didn’t fully appreciate how much I appreciated the human elements of it until it came down to the end of it… We were just consummate professionals.”
Lachlan Murdoch: ‘FOX Bet Has Been Disappointing’
“In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch.”
FOX is the only network to have a stake in the sports betting industry. The network partnered with FanDuel to launch FOX Bet in 2019. So far, FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch has not been pleased with the results.
In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch. He called the performance thus far “disappointing.”
Sports betting is a crowded marketplace. It is possible that players are watching games on FOX and seeing advertisements for the betting app, but are choosing to trust their experience to companies like FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, and other companies that are more commonly associated with gambling.
Murdoch believes that a dispute with FanDuel owner Flutter has set FOX Bet back. The two companies have been involved in a standoff over who owns which aspects of FOX Bet and what price FOX is obligated to pay in order to acquire an 18.6% stake in FanDuel. Murdoch says everything “should be resolved by the summer.”
In March, Bloomberg reported that the app is struggling to find new players. FOX Bet is one of the betting partners of the NFL and can advertise its services during games in the fall, but its potential is hindered by only being available to bettors in four states.
Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022
“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”
Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.
The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.
It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.
The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.
Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State
“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”
Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.
He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”
He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”
It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.
The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.
Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.
The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.
Others used the feud to create comedy.
Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.
The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.