Chris Long Discusses Green Light Podcast Growth
“I want people to feel like they are sitting in the room with us. That’s my favorite thing is just BS’ing with my buddies.”
Former NFL defensive end Chris Long continues to be one of the rising stars in the sports media industry with the Green Light with Chris Long Podcast that he records three times a week. So, what does he want you to think after you listen to his show?
Long was a guest on The Adam Schein Podcast this week and he said he wants to convey his knowledge about the game, but also he thinks he could learn a little bit from the fans as well.
“Number one is to communicate information to people about the game. If we are talking about the game, I want people to know what I think I know because I look at it a little differently. I think sometimes I can stand to gain a little perspective looking at it the way the fans look at it but I think there is also a time where a little player insight might help.”
While Long wants the show to be educational, he also wants the listener to feel like they are just hanging out with his friends and that the podcast can be dirty sometimes.
“I want people to feel like they are sitting in the room with us. That’s my favorite thing is just BS’ing with my buddies. We edit some things out. The final product doesn’t always look like it sounded in the room, but for the most part, it’s a dirty show. We dirty things up a little bit. It’s going to sound like it would sound sitting on the couch with 3-4 buddies hopefully drinking a couple of beers. You feel like you are sinking into the couch with us. That’s my goal. It’s supposed to be educational, dirty, and feel immersive and inclusive.”
Every Monday, Long has an NFL weekly wrap-up episode with his brother, Kyle and his best friend, Macon. As he tries to prepare for the show, he told Schein he has more of an appreciation for all the information the national media is able to get.
“As a player, I didn’t have the appreciation for what national media goes through on a Sunday trying to gather all the information that people in their respective local markets expect you to master. You can’t fool fans. They know whether it’s the Bengals, Dolphins, Raiders, they know who the third corner is, they know how this guy performed in camp. There’s a tremendous challenge on a Sunday to not master everything, but to get to the point where you can talk about what happened. Then, on Wednesday and Friday, we can color in why it happened.”
Rest assured, Long is putting in the work for that episode, but he also understands that if he messes something up on Monday, he knows he has the rest of the week to correct the mistake.
“I think that’s one of the hardest things on Monday is not overreacting, but also not overreacting to what happened. Let’s dig in and find out why it happened and look at the context around why it happened. The challenge makes me feel like I’m in school again. I’m up till 2 AM watching Raiders-Titans. You do want to know what the hell happened. Hopefully that comes through, but we also aren’t going to be perfect. It’s Monday. You have a safety net. If I didn’t get it right, I have the rest of the week to rectify the situation.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
Charles Barkley to Pat McAfee: ‘Tell Critics to Shut the F Up’
“I just laugh. I’m like, ‘Well, who the f*** don’t take a better job?'”.
Pat McAfee is headed to ESPN and he has acknowledged that some of his most devoted fans are not happy about it. Charles Barkley was a guest on his show Friday and offered some advice for dealing with critics.
“Listen, I was watching you last week and you said people give you a hard time for taking your new deal. Tell them to shut the f*** up, alright?”
Barkley, who revealed that he and McAfee are friends and text regularly, said that he is happy to see the show break new ground and have success. He added that the people complaining are not thinking about the situation logically.
“I just laugh. I’m like, ‘Well, who the f*** don’t take a better job?'”.
McAfee admitted last week that he underestimated the number of listeners and fans that were upset. After it was announced that he was joining ESPN, he was inundated with messages from fans worried that he was going to let Disney change his uncensored show.
He was disappointed by the lack of faith in the show and trust in him implied. He told Charles Barkley that the kind of advice someone with the Hall of Famer’s track record was offering meant a lot.
“I appreciate you, Chuck,” he said. “Hey, I need to hear that. I need to hear that because you have been a trailblazer in my world, in the media world, obviously.”
Dana White Says He Has Problem With Penn Gaming, Not Barstool Sports
“It’s what happens when you get these f***ing suits involved in your business.”
Dana White stands by what he said about suits ruining great businesses on the Pat McAfee Show earlier this week. But he clarified that when he mentioned issues at Barstool Sports, that was not criticism for that specific brand. His problem is with Penn Gaming, which acquired Barstool earlier this year.
“I had a situation yesterday with Barstool and it’s turning into a corporate f***ing shitshow too,” he said on McAfee’s Thursday show. “It’s what happens when you get these f***ing suits involved in your business.”
Earlier in the conversation, White implied that he was worried about what may happen to the show once McAfee and crew move to ESPN. He said, “most of them don’t know jack shit” when talking about executives in the entertainment space.
Later that evening at a UFC press conference, Dana White was asked about his comments about Barstool. He clarified that he is not ending the relationship between that company and the UFC.
“Basically what I’m saying is, when you build a company like Barstool Sports, the way that it was built with a guy like Dave Portnoy, once you get a bunch of suits involved… it just changes the dynamic of the whole thing,” he said. “Ask Vice how that went.”
During an appearance on The Kirk Minihane Show this week, Dave Portnoy raised questions about his future with Barstool Sports. He said his contract is up in 20 months. He is not confident that Penn Entertainment will renew it.
Study Finds 58% of College Students Have Gambled on Sports
“Overall, 58% of students say that ads make them more likely to gamble and 70% believe that consistent sports gambling is a way to supplement their income.”
Sports betting is reaching a younger audience in a big way according to a study commissioned by the NCAA. When asked if they had ever placed a bet on a sporting event, 58% responded that they had.
Students that live on campus are even more likely to lay money down. 67% of them said they had placed a bet on sports before.
Advertising is clearly working on this demographic. Of the respondents that live on campus, 63% report having seen sports betting advertising. Overall, 58% of students say that ads make them more likely to gamble and 70% believe that consistent sports gambling is a way to supplement their income.
In recent years, schools have reassessed their relationship with sportsbooks. In fact, the study comes on the heels of Alabama firing baseball coach Brad Bohannon for allegedly providing inside information to a gambler and student-athletes at Iowa and Iowa State were ruled ineligible for placing bets on games.
College sports on TV and radio are havens for sportsbook ads. The NCAA may look to take more steps to address its relationship with gambling, but it is hard to imagine that will change.
The American Gaming Association revealed in February that the US betting market generated $7.5 billion in revenue last year. That is a 75% increase over 2021.