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Kendrick Perkins’ Media Career Happened By Accident

“I was the only person that ever did First Take and Undisputed in one day.”

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You never know what can happen once you post something on social media. For Kendrick Perkins, he was tweeting his thoughts on NBA games after his 14-year career came to an end. He never had an interest in being in the media or on television, but tweeting ended up getting him noticed.

On the latest episode of The Old Man and the Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter podcast, Perkins was a guest and said that his rise in media did not happen on purpose:

“It happened by accident. You know how they have those classes you can take in the summer while you are playing? I never took those. I never had interest in being on TV or in the media, but I always respected the media as a player.”

“All of a sudden, I get a DM on Twitter from a producer from Undisputed that said ‘Hey Perk, would you be interested in coming on Undisputed with Skip and Shannon? Hell yeah…I go down and I do Undisputed and they wanted me to stay an extra day,”

“They reached back out and were like hey, would you be interested in doing the remainder of the playoffs? I started off hot. I was right about everything, making bold predictions. Then, ESPN sent me a DM, hey do you want to come do the car wash in Bristol? My career all started on Twitter.”

Once Perkins was on ESPN, he remembered the first time he was on Get Up and a viral take he gave had the network ask him to come back:

“I go to Bristol and I remember my first time on Get Up, I go on and say Kawhi Leonard mimics Michael Jordan and the s**t went viral. All of a sudden, ESPN started calling me back.”

“I’m falling in love with TV. They are loving me. I was the only person that ever did First Take and Undisputed in one day. First Take was like we can’t have that no more. We are just going to lock you in for the remainder of the playoffs.”

Perkins and Redick got into a conversation about how they criticize current players since some players in the league used to be their teammates. Perkins has no problem doing it because he views himself as the same guy that he was when he was his locker room:

“The same Perk you see on TV is the same guy that I was in the locker room. I would say the same thing as far as holding them accountable….You have to be yourself. Don’t come into this media space trying to be something that you are not.

The two of them also took the listener a little bit inside the curtain of First Take and Perkins mentioned he was asked to give a particular take during the 2021 NBA Finals:

“Doing First Take, you know it’s a debate show. When you are prepping for it, it’s all about where you disagree at to make great TV. Sometimes, I may play devil’s advocate. Last year, the Suns jumped on the Bucks, 2-0. I’m getting ready to go on First Take the next morning and they like hey Perk, would you sit up here and say the Suns are on the verge of being a dynasty? People still bring that up to this day.”

“What people don’t realize, good and bad engagement is what the head people at ESPN want. Even if you engage with the content and you may say look at this clown with this BS take, they want that.”

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Ryen Russillo: ‘Why Would You Talk About Politics On Your Sports Show?’

“Why would you talk about politics on your sports show? Now people could say ‘Hey this is more important. This is more important than sports’.”

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Ryen Russillo joined Barstool’s Pardon My Take podcast in studio, and shared an interesting story about a sign at ESPN Radio that shaped what he talked about during his time with the network.

“When I was first at ESPN, so ’06, there was a sign up in the radio department that said ‘If what you’re talking about is not interesting to an 18-45 year old male, stop talking about it’,” Russillo revealed. “For the old rules, why would you talk about religion on your sports talk show? Why would you talk about politics on your sports show? Now people could say ‘Hey this is more important. This is more important than sports’.

“Well, no shit this stuff is more important than sports. But you know what? They don’t talk about sex trafficking on (CNBC). Because that show’s about money. Those shows are about finances and all this other stuff. Is it as important as all these other horrible things that happened? Of course it isn’t. But that’s not what the job is. So that’s where I think again — this is expanding into a much bigger deal — I’d love to talk about some of this stuff, but I know I can’t win no matter what I do.”

Later in the episode, Russillo discussed how proud he was of his Brandon Marshall interview. Russillo had confirmed former Pro Bowl wide receiver and I Am Athlete co-host Brandon Marshall to appear on his podcast. When the interview time rolled around, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall appeared on the screen. The former ESPN Radio host asked the linebacker a few questions before ending the interview. The podcast aired both interviews with both Brandon Marshall’s.

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Penn National To Acquire Barstool Sports In Full

“Bloomberg reports that the two step process will be completed by February.”

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Penn National Gaming made its initial investment in Barstool Sports in 2020, paying $161.2 million for a 36% stake in the content factory. Just a few years later, the casino company will acquire the remaining shares.

The relationship with Barstool has had ups and downs for Penn National.

A Business Insider report dropped in December accusing Barstool founder Dave Portnoy of sexual misconduct with multiple women caused serious headaches for Penn National. Portnoy denied any wrongdoing, saying all of the incidents detailed in the piece were consensual. He has also filed a defamation suit against the publisher.

Jay Snowden, the company’s CEO, encouraged investors to be patient. That didn’t stop the reaction though. Penn National lost over $2.5 billion in value and drew the attention of regulatory boards in Nevada and Indiana.

Still, the relationship with Barstool is one the casino company wants to keep. The company has found value in using the brand’s name to attract a younger audience to its sportsbooks. The Barstool name has been used on other venues and products inside of Penn National’s casinos as well.

Barstool podcasts and videos give Penn National a valuable, proprietary means of advertising. Plus, the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl and the Barstool Classic in Philadelphia, put Penn National in the live sports business.

Penn National has an option to acquire the rest of Barstool for another $387 million. Bloomberg reports that the two step process will be completed by February.

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Dana White Calls ESPN Writer a “F—ing Scumbag”

“It wasn’t a serious interview,” White said. “It was a fun, f—ing edited piece…”

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UFC president Dana White did not hold back when talking about a recent piece by ESPN, which claimed in the story headline that White said fighters would not be getting pay raises.

White did an interview with GQ last week and answered a Twitter question about UFC fighter pay. He said fighters “get paid what they’re supposed to get paid. They eat what they kill. They get a percentage of the pay-per-view buys and money is spread out amongst all the fighters.”

White prefaced those words by saying boxing is not what it used to be on account of money and other issues. “It’s never gonna happen while I’m here,” he said, which was meant to be interpreted that he would never allow pay to force the UFC to become like boxing.

“Do you think I’m going to sit here and say, ‘Fighter pay will never go up while I’m here.’ That’s the dumbest f—ing thing I’ve ever heard,” White told Yahoo Sports. “And do you know how stupid you have to be to think that’s what I said in that interview when I was talking about boxing?”

White was fired up mainly because ESPN took words he said in what was supposed to be a fun and light interview with GQ and, in his opinion, changed the context to create a more salacious story.

“It wasn’t a serious interview,” White said. “It was a fun, f—ing edited piece, and ESPN, the leader in sports, is going to write a story on fighter pay based off that f—ing video? Give me a f—ing break.”

Marc Raimondi, who covers MMA for ESPN, wrote the article in question. White didn’t know that, but he made it clear he was pissed off about the piece.

“I didn’t see the story,” White said. “I don’t even know who wrote it, but you’re not a journalist. You’re a f—ing scumbag.”

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