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Omaha Productions Strikes Deal With Cousin Sal and Jimmy Kimmel

“I’m very excited to join the Omaha family. Over the years I’ve won so much money betting on Peyton and Eli I feel like I should be paying them,” Iacono added.

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Omaha Productions is deep into the digital content world and it continues to go deeper with its latest deal with Mush Media, co-founded by Sal Iacono.

Iacono, better known as Cousin Sal, will help to produce podcast and video content as part of a multiyear deal. As part of the deal, all seven of Mush Media’s podcasts, including Cousin Sal’s Against All Odds and Extra Points shows will be a part of Omaha’s lineup of original audio programming. Omaha will produce video versions of the podcasts and they will be published on ESPN’s YouTube channel. ESPN will retain the distribution and ad sales rights to the Mush Media podcasts, just as they do with the Omaha Audio Network.

Late-night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel will also partner with both companies to write and produce original videos for Omaha’s social media feeds.

“Cousin Sal has been making sports fans laugh for two decades. He’s built a great reputation by delivering fans content in a fun and authentic way,” said Peyton Manning, the founder of Omaha Productions. “Having the opportunity to team up with him and Jimmy to create original audio and video is an exciting next step as we continue to build Omaha.”

“I’m very excited to join the Omaha family. Over the years I’ve won so much money betting on Peyton and Eli I feel like I should be paying them. But since the contract is already signed, I think we’re good,” Iacono added.

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Isis ‘Ice’ Young Earns Expanded Role with Yahoo Sports

“Ice will now serve as a Yahoo Sports host & analyst covering men’s and women’s basketball. She will also host our NBA Draft live show.”

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Yahoo Sports announced some additions to its team around NCAA Tournament time for men’s and women’s basketball. At the time, Yahoo added NBA player Danny Green, three-time NCAA Final Four participant Ros Gold-Onwude as well as three-time NCAA Tournament participant Isis ‘Ice’ Young as analysts. Young has now earned a more expanded role with the company.

Yahoo Sports president Ryan Spoon posted the announcement on his LinkedIn saying, “Ahead of tomorrow’s NBA Draft, we are thrilled to welcome Isis ‘Ice’ Young to an expanded role at Yahoo Sports. Ice will now serve as a Yahoo Sports host & analyst covering men’s and women’s basketball. She will also host our NBA Draft live show.”

Young spent three years at Syracuse along with stops at Florida, Fordham and Siena. In her graduate year at Siena, she led the MAAC in scoring at 18.8 points per game. She also played pro basketball in Greece and has worked with the Connecticut Sun’s broadcasting team as a color commentator.

Young previously worked as a reporter, analyst and sideline reporter for the ACC Network, and was an on-screen producer for the Women’s Sports Update show about women’s sports at Syracuse.

Young comes from an extremely athletic family. Her mom played field hockey in college, her brother plays professional soccer in Germany, and her sister played college soccer.

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JJ Redick Confirms He Will No Longer be Podcasting

“For the time being, and hopefully it’s a very, very long time, I am excommunicated from the content space so there will be no podcasts.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers made it official as they named former ESPN basketball analyst and podcaster JJ Redick their new head coach. Redick starred at Duke and had a 15-year NBA career, but has no real basketball coaching experience.

Redick was moved up to the No. 1 NBA broadcast team on ESPN and ABC with Mike Breen and Doris Burke. This was after Doc Rivers had taken the position but then left to become the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition to working the games, Redick was doing a couple of podcasts. One of those, Mind the Game, was co-hosted by LeBron James whose relationship with Redick couldn’t have hurt his chances in getting the position. Regardless, Redick’s podcasting days are over for now.

“For the time being, and hopefully it’s a very, very long time, I am excommunicated from the content space so there will be no podcasts,” Redick said in response to a question at his opening press conference. “We’ll do something when I have a breather from what we have coming up. I am going to be drinking out of a fire hose for the next month but at some point, we’ll just do something for all the people that listened and have a small little video. But I’m done with podcasting for now.”

The 40-year-old Redick said in a release, “I am incredibly humbled to join the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most iconic and successful sports franchises in the world. This opportunity for me is all about service to the players, team and organization. I want to express my utmost appreciation to Jeanie Buss, Rob Pelinka and the entire Lakers front office. My goal will focus on delivering championship-caliber basketball for Lakers fans everywhere, building on the tremendous history and legacy of the Lakers. I am excited to surround myself with a veteran, innovative staff as we work relentlessly to develop individual players and maximize the team’s potential. My family and I couldn’t be more ecstatic for this new chapter in our lives and look forward to immersing ourselves in the vibrant Los Angeles community.” 

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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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