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Draymond Green: ‘My Job Is To Save Media Industry’

“According to Draymond Green, there is enough interest in basketball as a sport that no one should have to talk about anything that happens to players off the court.”

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Through hosting The Draymond Green Show on The Volume or his new role at Turner Sports, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has expanded his platform in the media. With that new platform, he is looking to change the way basketball is talked about.

Green was a guest on the Point Forward podcast with teammate Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner. When they got into Green in the media, he mentioned he views his role in a very significant way.

“People may think I am out of my mind, but the way I view me going to do this job is saving the industry. That’s how I view it because I think it is a dying industry. When you look at media as a whole, it is a dying industry because of guys like y’all two, guys like myself that number one, we are doing things on our own now. You need those people less and less to tell your story.

“Where I think they can stop themselves from dying is do the job the way the job should be done and stop chasing bullshit controversies. That’s the issue that I have with the media. The thing I have learned the most is it actually doesn’t have to be done that way.”

According to Draymond Green, there is enough interest in basketball as a sport that no one should have to talk about anything that happens to players off the court. He also thinks too many employers don’t know or care when hosts make their networks look foolish.

“The game of basketball is such a beautiful game. It’s such a detailed game that there’s always something to talk about that is very interesting to people if you understand the game,” Green said. “The problem we have is people don’t understand the game and they are talking about the game. Some of these employers need to be held accountable too. Stop putting people on there that can stir up the most controversy and let’s go back to teaching this beautiful game of basketball that we love.” 

Draymond Green is taking a bold stand, but his position on the media isn’t entirely different from other former players across a variety of sports. If he is as much natural talent for television as so many in the media have said he does, he just may get the chance to prove he is right.

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Miami Marlins Continue Broadcast Changes, Drop J.P. Arencibia

The former big league catcher worked the club’s opening road series and more than 60 games for Bally Sports Florida.

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After announcing last week that Miami Marlins play-by-play announcer Glenn Geffner wouldn’t return to the booth next year, the club continues to make changes. J.P. Arencibia won’t return as an analyst for the club in 2023.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Arencibia was informed he will no longer work on either the team’s television or radio broadcasts next season. The former big league catcher worked the club’s opening road series and more than 60 games for Bally Sports Florida. It was his first season as a television analyst. According to Jackson, the reason for Arencibia’s departure is “unclear”, adding a reason “was not offered”.

The club will continue to use a rotation of analysts in 2023, with Jeff Nelson, Gaby Sanchez, Rod Allen, and Tommy Hutton working in the booth.

Arencibia was brought on for the 2022 season after the Marlins dropped former Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth from the clubs televisions broadcasts after the previous season concluded.

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Rebecca Lobo Signs Extension With ESPN

She has served as the analyst for the network’s coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and the National Championship Game.

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ESPN and Rebecca Lobo have signed an extension to keep the women’s basketball legend with the network.

Lobo joined ESPN in 2004 as a WNBA and women’s college basketball analyst. She has served as the analyst for the network’s coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and the National Championship Game.

“I am thrilled to continue doing what I love, calling women’s basketball games,” said Lobo. “It is an honor to be a part of the soundtrack for the games played by these incredible female athletes.”

Lobo had a storied career at UConn before winning an Olympic Gold Medal. She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

“Rebecca is one of the best in the business. She excels on both game coverage and studio coverage,” said Patricia Lowry, ESPN Vice President, Production. “Her knowledge, history, and passion for the game and its growth continue to make us better.  She is a true asset and a highly valued member of our team.”

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ESPN Reaches Extension To Remain Home of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

“It’s a sports calendar and Fourth of July staple, one of those classic, timeless events we know fans look forward to every year.”

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ESPN and the International Federation of Competitive Eating have agreed to a deal that will see the network remain the home of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July.

The Major League Eating contest has aired on the network since 2004. The new contract will see the event take place on ESPN through the 2029 event.

“You can’t beat the spectacle that is the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest,” said ESPN Director of Programming & Acquisitions John Suchenski. “It’s a sports calendar and Fourth of July staple, one of those classic, timeless events we know fans look forward to every year. It has had memorable moments over the years, and we’re ecstatic that many more will be on our platforms for the foreseeable future.”

The event has risen to prominence during its tenure with the Disney-owned network, seeing the rivalry between Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut grow into one of national prominence. The rivalry even sparked an ESPN documentary on the subject. Chestnut has grown into an American celebrity for his performance during the contest, winning his 15th mustard-yellow belt in 2022.

“We’re thrilled to extend our agreement with ESPN and ensure that viewers will continue to join in this great July Fourth tradition. ESPN is a fantastic broadcast partner and they capture the spirit of the event perfectly.”

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