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Mike Golic Nearly Took Morning TV Gig

“I would have had to move. It wasn’t radio at all. It was a morning sports TV show. It just didn’t work out. “

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From 2000-2020, Mike Golic was a part of plenty of sports fans’ morning routines when he was on ESPN2 or ESPN Radio. Golic has done plenty of things since he and ESPN parted ways in 2020, but he almost went back to doing morning sports TV somewhere else.

Golic was a guest on The Dave Pasch Podcast this week and while he wouldn’t reveal specifics about which network offered him a return to morning sports TV, he did say he does enjoy sleeping in now in the mornings.

“I almost got back into morning TV. That was an iffy thing if I wanted to get up that early again.

“I would have had to move. It wasn’t radio at all. It was a morning sports TV show. It just didn’t work out. It was all amicable and everything. The toughest part about it in talking to my wife, she was like geez, you would be able to get up at 4:15 again? I’m almost 60, it wouldn’t have been for 20 years this time around. I’ve kind of gotten used to sleeping in till 7:30, 8:00, so that early wake-up call would have been interesting.”

Meanwhile, Golic mentioned over the last year or so, he has tried plenty of different media ventures, such as calling NFL games for Westwood One, college football games for Learfield, doing a podcast on DraftKings — Golic & Smetty — and doing guest appearances on Meadowlark Media with Dan Le Batard and StuGotz. One idea that was pitched to him was having his own podcast company.

“Somebody approached me about starting my own podcast company and I thought man, do I really want to go down that road? If I was 10-15 years younger, maybe I would. I hemmed and hawed with that.”

Pasch and Golic were on the call for college football games in 2020 on ESPN. Pasch was doing the play-by-play from his house while Golic was at the studios in Bristol. During that time, Golic’s biggest fear was that Pasch’s Wi-Fi would go out, but he thought the duo did a great job of making the audience feel like they were at the game when they weren’t.

“My biggest takeaway was the fear that your Wi-Fi would go out, which I think it did one time for a short time and I would be left alone to do play-by-play and color. That was the biggest fear I had. You were in your house, I was at least at the studios in Bristol. I had tons of monitors, I had everything I needed outside of being there.

“You doing it from your house and all the negative possibilities that could happen when you are trying to run a national TV broadcast from your house. That was pretty wild. It was crazy that we worked the whole season together and the first time we saw each other was my last game at ESPN (Fiesta Bowl). It was still a lot of fun. Our job was to call it like we were there and I think we did a pretty good job of that.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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