Channing Frye Retells ‘Road Trippin’ Origins
“Road Trippin’ was something we did during that championship year that was just supposed to be practice for Richard Jefferson.”
Back in 2016, Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson were both on the Cleveland Cavaliers team that won the franchise’s first championship. During that season, they both started the Road Trippin’ podcast with then Cavaliers sideline reporter Allie Clifton, and the two players have gone on to premier broadcasting jobs once their NBA careers ended.
Frye was a guest on the latest edition of the Sports Business Radio podcast and he explained that he was only going to be a guest on Jefferson’s podcast to help Jefferson get some broadcasting practice. Then, Frye all of a sudden had to jump into a different role
“Road Trippin’ was something we did during that championship year that was just supposed to be practice for Richard Jefferson. Richard called me in the hotel and said hey, I need to practice because I want to get into broadcasting when I’m done. Come up here and let me interview you. I’ve got Allie up here. I was like, I’m not coming up there unless you feed me and give me a bottle of wine.”
“We go up to the training room and there’s one mic. We are sitting there and getting ready to start…then Kyrie walks in…He comes and sits down. I turned into one of the hosts and that’s how it actually started.”
Frye mentioned that he loves to talk basketball and sports in general. However, when he is giving his analysis and criticisms on the game, he tries to keep it strictly to what he is seeing on the court only.
“I always want to do right by the player. I’m going to call it how I see it, but I’m trying my best at all times to never talk about the person, only the product that’s out there. I think sometimes a lot of broadcasters kind of melt into that area by talking about the player instead of the product that the player put out there. I think we have to keep those things separate especially in today’s age because guys are very sensitive to that because of how much that is happening to them on social media or other broadcasts.”
When Frye is hosting his show Handles on social media, his goal is to show clips of every game, even for the ones where two bad teams might be playing.
“For my show Handles on Fridays, I have 4-5 games going on TVs and I am sitting there with 2-3 other people and we are choosing the games and the clips to pull. I think regardless of your record, each team deserves to get looked at. If you remember old school ESPN would play a clip of every single game that was on. I think we need to get back to that…Those players are all pros. They get paid. They deserved to get shown especially if they have good highlights or especially if they are playing well. Sometimes, your team stinks, but you are good.”
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Dave Portnoy: I Trust Penn Entertainment as Much as Ever
“Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.”
Dave Portnoy may have had some public disagreements with Penn Entertainment, but he says that he still trusts the company to run Barstool. He took to Twitter earlier this week to dispel the myth that he is in a feud with the company.
“By the way everything I say or do nowadays is construed as me having beef with @PENNEntertain I 100% do not. Most of my net worth is still tied to $penn. The corporate woke overlord narrative is bullshit. They woulda never bought us in 1st place if that was true. I trust them now as much as when they bought us.”
Portnoy has not been shy about criticizing the company’s decision to fire Ben Mintz after Mintz said the n-word while reading rap lyrics. Several supporters, including Dana White, noted that it is the kind of decision that only happens when corporations take over creative enterprises.
Earlier this week, Dave Portnoy announced that he had hired Ben Mintz as the first employee of Brick Watch Company. Mintz was emotional in making the announcement. The decision was not made to stick it to Penn Entertainment according to Portnoy.
Penn first acquired a stake in Barstool in 2020. It invested $163 million at that time for a 36% stake. Earlier this year, it completed its acquisition, investing an addition $388 million for the remaining 62% of the company.
Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.
Multiple State Regulators Push Back on Effort to Legalize Gambling on WWE
“In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.”
Despite speculation over allowing sports bettors to wager on WWE, there doesn’t appear to be much support at the state level to add it to sportsbook offerings.
Earlier this year, WWE officials had discussions with accounting firm Ernst and Young to secure pre-determined match outcomes in order to allow betting on events. But many states where sports betting is legal have restrictions on wagering on scripted events.
In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.
“The Colorado Division of Gaming is not currently and has not considered allowing sports betting wagers on WWE matches. By statute, wagers on events with fixed or predicted outcomes or purely by chance are strictly prohibited in Colorado; this includes wagers on the Academy Awards,” Shannon Gray of the Colorado Division of Gaming told Sports Betting Dime.
In Ohio, the same rules apply. The Ohio Casino Control Commission has not fielded any requests to add WWE. Officials in Kansas haven’t received requests either by their residents.
Elsewhere, Maryland sees keeping WWE out of betting offerings as a way to keep the integrity of legal sports betting.
“Maryland’s sports wagering law and regulations prohibit forms of wagering that are contrary to public interest or unfair to bettors,” Seth Elkin of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency added. “We’ve determined that it is unfair to bettors and therefore not in the public’s interest to accept wagers on sports entertainment events that have scripted or predetermined outcomes, like professional wrestling.”
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Former Twitter Sports Boss TJ Adeshola Joins Arctos Partners
“We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
Less than two months after TJ Adeshola announced his exit from Twitter, he has resurfaced. Arctos Partners, a firm that he had been advising, named Adeshola an operating partner on Thursday.
In the new role, Adeshola will be much more hands-on with the firm, a private investment company that focuses its investments in the sports world. The firm says it focuses on unlocking “non-obvious opportunities long before others have noticed the market need or opportunity”.
TJ Adeshola’s digital sports marketing expertise will certainly come in handy with that.
“We believe TJ is an innovator in emerging digital and sports media trends, and his wealth of knowledge is a tremendous resource for our Arctos Operating Platform, the value-added capabilities we provide to our franchise partners,” Arctos’s Jordan Solomon said in a press release. “We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
During his decade with Twitter, Adeshola served as the Head of U.S. Sports Partnerships. His title was Head of Global Content Partnerships at the time of his exit.
He is credited with securing broad strategic partnerships with the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS as well as NASCAR, esports, college, and high school sports. He helped the platform grow the engagement and audience for those entities.
“I’m thrilled to expand my role with Arctos as an Operating Partner,” Adeshola added. “As the first investment firm to invest across multiple North American sports leagues, Arctos is an innovator and disruptor in the sports landscape. And true to form, the Arctos team recognizes the power of digital media as a tool for growth and an opportunity to drive value for its franchise partners.”