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Jomboy Media Announces Partnership With SeatGeek

“The partnership makes all the sense in the world considering SeatGeek’s reach amongst the younger generations.”

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The MLB is one of the few sports in America that has a fanbase that is getting older and older by the day. With the average fanbase of league being 57, guys like Jimmy “Jomboy” O’Brien have made an impression on younger fans of the sport through social media.

A former videographer, O’Brien’s “Jomboy Media” company has inked a large sponsorship deal with SeatGeek, the online ticket provider that helps fans find the cheapest ticket prices on Tuesday. The company has partnerd with a number of new media operations including Pat McAfee and countless of other YouTubers in the sports space.

When speaking with Joe Pompliano for his Huddle Up SubStack newsletter, O’Brien said the company has been supporting him from the start and mentioned SeatGeek’s long track record of working with new media entities that are challenging some of the big legacy media companies for engagement.

“SeatGeek has supported me from the very beginning, even before Jomboy Media was who we are today,” said Jimmy O’Brien a.k.a Jomboy, founder of Jomboy Media. “The company has a long track record of working with new media entities, and has a knack for understanding not only what it takes to succeed within the industry, but how to tap into the minds of today’s consumers. The [media] landscape is evolving and SeatGeek knows how to grow with the fans by using smart and forward-looking approaches to collaboration.” 

The partnership makes all the sense in the world considering SeatGeek’s reach amongst the younger generations. The number of Gen Z customers that buy tickets from SeatGeek is more than a quarter of their total customer base at 36% compared to Ticketmaster, which only levies 18% of buyers that fall in that category.

Before the success, O’Brien, 33 was a videographer in California, mainly for weddings, while also doing some YouTube videos on the side with his friends. In an effort to connect with Yankees fans, Jomboy started live-tweeting games and providing video recaps.

At the time, O’Brien was 28 years old and made no money from the content he produced.

However, through hard work and determination Jimmy eventually reached 1,000 followers on Twitter and convinced his childhood friend Jake Storiale to launch a podcast with him called “Talkin’ Yanks.”

While podcast was growing organically, Jimmy and Jake garnered even more attention for their show by creating these short videos called “Baseball Breakdowns,” which included breakdowns such as Aaron Boone’s infamous ejection back in 2019 when he tossed from a game after arguing with the umpire and digging up footage from the game that an opposing pitcher accused the Houston Astros of banging on trash cans to inform batters on what pitches were coming.

While those video’s helped the company and the show out tremendously, a friend of O’Brien’s saw that the podcast resonated with people and offered him a $25,000 investment in early 2018. That initial investment later led to a $1 million investment from a group of MLB players and media figures last year.

The company now has about 50 employees and just opened up an office space in New York City. Jomboy Media has also proved to be very profitable, doing between $6 million and $7 million in revenue last year.

Seems like Jombo/y is here to stay and my guess is they will eventually branch out to other sports as they continue their meteoric rise in the sports media world.

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Bomani Jones: Chris Canty Made Me Rethink How I Look At This Job

“You’ve heard me say this before. I have a particular respect for former athletes that get in and treat this job with care like in the same way they would the other job.”

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The Right Time with Bomani Jones has been one of ESPN’s most successful podcasts recently. Part of the appeal is that the conversations can go anywhere. Jones and his guests talk plenty about sports, but they will venture into pop culture, current events, and more. When it is “Foxworth Friday”, there is a good chance that the show will give some insight on other ESPN personalities.

On the most recent edition of The Right Time, Bomani Jones and Domonique Foxworth discussed how hard it can be to come up with a unique view on a topic every single time you are asked to talk about it. When Foxworth said that ESPN Radio’s Chris Canty makes it a little easier for him to be entertaining in those moments, Jones added to the praise.

He discussed a conversation he and Canty had at a Halloween party hosted by FOX’s Nick Wright.

“You’ve heard me say this before. I have a particular respect for former athletes that get in and treat this job with care like in the same way they would the other job,” Jones said. “Chris was like ‘Hey man’. You know, he’s got a Super Bowl ring, but he’s like ‘I didn’t get a gold jacket. I wasn’t great at that. But this? I have a chance to be great at something else.’”

Bomani Jones was impressed by that attitude. He admitted that it was eye-opening.

“That really made me look back at how I do my job and was like ‘Yo, I need to be looking at this in a very similar way.’”

Foxworth agreed. He said that it isn’t hard to believe that Chris Canty wants to be great on TV and radio. It is easy to see when he is making an effort to get better.

“He works at it and he doesn’t rely on just one move,” Foxworth said. “Using the basketball analogy, he’s adding new stuff to his game.”

Chris Canty clearly has fans in Bristol. ESPN keeps finding ways to use him across multiple platforms. In addition to his daily ESPN Radio show with Chris Carlin, he also makes regular appearances on Get Up with Mike Greenberg.

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Dave Portnoy Drops Appeal Of Lawsuit Against Business Insider

“In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.”

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Dave Portnoy is done with his legal fight against Insider. He filed an appeal after a judge dismissed his initial defamation suit in November. That appeal has been dropped.

Nich Carlson, the Global Editor-in-Chief of Insider, took to Twitter Friday to announce that the legal standoff had come to an end. He also notes that Insider is not surprised by the decision. The company stands by the reporting in the initial story, in which multiple women alleged that sexual encounters with Portnoy turned “violent and humiliating”. It was one of two stories the site published featuring these kinds of accusations against Portnoy.

Both sides will move on. In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.

In November, a Massachusetts judge ruled that Portnoy would have to prove that Insider acted with “actual malice” in publishing the stories. That was going to be a high bar considering that Dave Portnoy is a public figure.

Neither he nor his legal team have publicly commented about the status of the lawsuit.

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Nick Wright: Majority of Media Got Tom Brady Retirement Story Wrong

“I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions.”

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The news of the retirement of Tom Brady wasn’t the most shocking development, but FS1 host Nick Wright believes the way some of media coverage around Brady evolved wasn’t handled correctly.

During his What’s Wright? with Nick Wright podcast, Wright argued that those who have been given tremendous talents are put in different situations than those who weren’t, stopping just short of saying Brady had a duty to continue to perform his craft. He later added that those joking about Brady’s marriage failing for an extra season in the league weren’t viewing the entire picture, and that the divorce wasn’t something worth joking about.

“I see a lot of stuff people are saying about Brady, and I think it’s bullshit,” Wright said. “‘Oh, you sacrificed your marriage to 8-9’. And I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions. These are not easy things, and people know we know we are at times putting yourself first, in a selfish way that you’re not supposed to as a parent.”

The First Things First host then said the situation is similar to one he experienced as a child, but grew to realize there were bigger things than simply being a parent.

“It’s what I learned from my own dad. My own dad — who I have massive admiration for — absolutely put me and my sister — at times — on the backburner to negotatioting the best bargain possible for the Kansas City Firefighters. His legacy — he’s a great dad, who I adore — (but) his life’s legacy is not the things he did for me and my sister, his real legacy is the things he did for those firefighters and their families. You have those push and pull things and you make decisions and you deal with the fallout of it. It’s really sad that he and Gisele didn’t make it.”

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