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Locked On Launching Local Brands & Daily Shows For Atlanta, Minnesota

“Content from Locked On Sports Atlanta and Locked On Sports Minnesota is available on-demand through YouTube.”

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Locked On Sports is going local. The podcast network is launching new shows for local markets covering the biggest sports stories in town. Atlanta and Minnesota are the first areas to get the treatment.

Locked On Sports Atlanta will feature three shows. A to Z with Mark Zinno, Hittin’ Hard with John Chuckery, and ATL Day Ones featuring Jarvis Davis and Tenitra Batiste. All three personalities have a history in the market with sports radio.

In Minnesota, there will be two shows. Superior Sports Talk features KARE 11’s Reggie Wilson and co-host Luke Inman. The Ron Johnson Show is named after host and former Golden Gopher wide receiver Ron Johnson. It is co-hosted by Sam Ekstrom.

Content from Locked On Sports Atlanta and Locked On Sports Minnesota is available on-demand through YouTube. It will soon be coming to Tegna’s local television station apps on Roku and Fire TV.

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Greg Cote Addresses Florida Panthers Ahead of Stanley Cup Final Game 7

“Paul Maurice, through one of his P.R. people, gets in touch with me a few days ago and asks me to address the team.”

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Earlier in the month, Miami Herald sports columnist Greg Cote wrote a column delineating the Florida Panthers run to the Stanley Cup Final in which he called Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid overrated. McDavid, who is the consensus best player in the National Hockey League, posted 132 points on 32 goals and 100 assists in the 2023 regular season and has 42 points in 24 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

McDavid has made history with the fourth-most points in a single NHL playoffs of all time and will look to help the Oilers claim a Stanley Cup championship in a pivotal Game 7 on Monday night. Cote appeared on Monday’s edition of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz where the matchup was at the center of discussion and the implications it has on both organizations.

The Panthers previously led the Stanley Cup Final three games to none; however, the Oilers have rallied to win the last three contests to force the series to a win-or-go-home Game 7. The matchup will be played tonight from Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Fla. at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and streaming on ESPN+. Cote has received backlash from Panthers fans on social media after calling McDavid overrated and the team proceeding to forsake a three-game lead.

Moreover, various hockey programs, including the ESPN on ABC broadcast’s intermission report, have made mention of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and the narrative surrounding the team. Cote, however, was recently contacted by the Panthers organization for a different reason as the team faces a critical final game.

“Paul Maurice, through one of his P.R. people, gets in touch with me a few days ago and asks me to address the team – to give the team a little pep talk, preparatory to the biggest Game 7 in the history of the biggest Game 7s,” Cote explained, “and so I did.”

Cote outlined his address to the team on the most recent edition of The Greg Cote Show and branded it akin to an edition of Hard Knocks, the HBO and NFL Films program, focused on hockey.

Meadowlark Media producer Mike Ryan, a diehard Panthers fan with whom Cote has been in disagreement with of late on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, explained that he would listen to the show and wishes that he could enjoy the Stanley Cup Playoffs more at the moment. Furthermore, he expressed that he was in his youth when the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, ending a 54-year championship drought and cementing the team in hockey lore.

“I don’t think I’d look back on it [and go], ‘Wow, what a cool time,’” Ryan conveyed. “I don’t think I’d be able to separate myself from the pain if they actually make history and blow this, but this is the biggest hockey game of our lifetime.”

Le Batard was surprised to hear that Ryan is preparing for a loss and stated that he would not be able to diminish the level of disappointment should it actualize. Ryan does not believe that preparing for a loss is going to make it hurt any less if it ends up happening. Last week, Ryan threatened to quit Meadowlark Media if Le Batard followed through on a plan to put up billboards in Edmonton and took issue with how the show was covering the Panthers.

“People know how much I care, and I’d like to thank everybody that didn’t text me over the weekend because they knew what kind of state I was in,” Ryan said. “Dude, all the blood left my face, and I don’t think it’s come back yet. I am a zombie.”

“It is a terrifying thing, and I love terror with your sports,” Le Batard replied. “I love caring so much that it is unreasonable; caring so much that you have a hard time getting it out of your head.”

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OutKick Adding Show with Ricky Cobb of Super 70’s Sports

“Our audience knows and loves the Super 70s Sports feed and it’s high time for America to get to know the genius behind that incredible content.”

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OutKick announced today that it has added Ricky Cobb, the man behind @Super70sSports, as the host of a new daily show set to debut later this summer. The show will be an extension of Cobb’s trademark humor and vast expertise in both sports and culture, which he showcases every day on his popular Twitter account, @Super70sSports.

Aside from his own show, Cobb will also be featured on various OutKick programs such as Don’t @ Me with Dan Dakich, OutKick The Morning with Charly Arnolt, OutKick The Show with Clay Travis, and Hot Mic with Jonathan Hutton & Chad Withrow. Currently residing in Chicago, Cobb gained recognition for his creation of the popular @Super70sSports in 2013, solidifying himself as a unique and genuine comedic talent in America.

OutKick Senior Vice President and Managing Editor Gary Schreier said in a release, “We’re extremely excited to be working with Ricky. Our audience knows and loves the Super 70s Sports feed and it’s high time for America to get to know the genius behind that incredible content. OutKick just got even smarter, funnier and more entertaining.”

“This show makes the natural connection between the deep passion for sports, culture, and humor I’m known for on X with my two-decade background as a college sociology professor,” Cobb said. “The things I’ve prioritized most in my professional life are entertaining people and sparking critical thought and discussion. To do both on a daily basis is nothing less than a dream come true, and I couldn’t be more excited to bring my voice and perspective to OutKick.”

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Clay Travis: I Hope Stephen A. Smith Gets Paid; ‘Your Boy Will Be a Free Agent Again and I Want to Get Paid’

“Anybody that is in daily media, I want to be paid as much as possible.”

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Reports surfaced last week that negotiations between ESPN and representatives for Stephen A. Smith had begun. John Ourand of Puck reported the first offer was for 5 years and $90 million, or $18 million per year. Many in media have weighed in on the report and the numbers, including OutKick’s Clay Travis who has selfish reasons he would like to see Smith get as much money as possible. He says with his deal up in less than two years, this could impact his next contract.

“Stephen A. Smith…offered 5 years, $90 million by ESPN, that’s an average of $18 million per year, ESPN says that would make him the highest paid employee at the network,” Travis said on OutKick The Show with Clay Travis, before he played a clip of him interviewing Smith a few months ago.

“Is it important to you…and I always say I root for everybody in media to make more money on each new contract, just like every starting quarterback in the NFL roots for the guy whose contract is up to make more,” Travis said. “Heck, I hope you get unbelievable numbers…Is it important to you based on the way the first time ended at ESPN that you are the highest paid person on ESPN given the work you’re doing for them? Do you think that should be the case?”

“Yes,” Smith quickly said. “I’m not stuttering. Hell yes. I’ve mastered my own business. In the world of sports television, Clay Travis, I’ve been number one for twelve years…not only have I been number one every year I’ve been number one every week and every month of every year for the last twelve years. You don’t get to say that about too many people…I am so honored to have the colleagues I have…I’m the one that’s been No. 1 and at the end of the day, it would be nice one day for this man to stand before everyone and be like, ‘I’m No. 1 and this says I’m No. 1.”

Travis continued asking, “Will $18 million dollars get it done? I don’t think so. I think Stephen A. wants around $30 million a year, that is my guess. Will he get it? We’ll see.

“People say what do you think about stuff like that? I believe a rising tide lifts all boats. I want Pat McAfee, I want Stephen A., I want Kirk Herbstreit, I want Tony Romo, I want Tom Brady, Colin Cowherd, Skip Bayless. Anybody that is in daily media, I want to be paid as much as possible. By the way that includes Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow.

“Everybody out there, I want paid as much money as possible. I’m in favor of talent. I want talent to get rich and I want those dollars to go up as high as possible. Because unlike the WNBA, I believe a rising tide lifts all boats. I ain’t looking around over my shoulder and saying, ‘oh he got that and now I can’t get what I want.’ No, I’m not a zero-sum guy. I want everybody paid as much money as they possibly can be. And if you’re showing up and you’re putting in multiple hours of live radio and live TV…live digital shows, however you are getting your message out there. Joe Rogan. Bill Simmons.

“I want all of you making as much money as you possibly can, because in about a year and a half, two years…your boy will be a free agent again and I want to get paid. I’m in favor of everybody, I’m a capitalist, I want everybody to make as much money as possible.”

Travis said he looks at these situations like quarterbacks in the NFL. When one gets the new highest paying contract for a quarterback, a new bar is set.

“You know how every time somebodies contract comes up a quarterback gets a new deal and becomes the highest paid, and they keep accelerating what the next guy is going to get. That is to me what talent should do in media. I don’t begrudge anybody who makes money. You’re working hard if you’re making the kind of money these guys are making, the kind of money I am making frankly. And I want everybody to keep raising the bar, so I want Stephen A. to raise the bar as high as he can.”

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