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.
The Athletic Dropped From Trevor Bauer Lawsuit
“We welcome the court’s dismissal of claims against The Athletic. We continue to believe that Knight’s tweets were non actionable.”
The Athletic has been dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by MLB pitcher Trevor Bauer after reporter Molly Knight tweeted incorrect statements in regards to Bauer’s legal troubles after being accused of violent sexual encounters with a California woman.
In 2021, Knight tweeted that it was “not possible to consent to a fractured skull” after reports surfaced of what Bauer had done to his alleged victim during a sexual episode. The accuser did not suffer a fractured skull, court documents show.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald dismissed The Athletic as a defendant in the case, but did say Bauer can amend his lawsuit to continue to include Knight. The judge claimed Knight’s tweets “favors that a reasonable reader could conclude that the tweets implied an asserted fact.”
In a statement, The New York Times — which now owns the online publication after purchasing it in January of this year — said they agreed with the decision.
“We welcome the court’s dismissal of claims against The Athletic,” The Times told Front Office Sports. “We continue to believe that Knight’s tweets were non actionable.”
Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.
Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.
LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.
On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.
Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?
“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism
“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.
During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.
“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.
“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.
“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.