The Pat McAfee Show has apparently been told to shy away from using NFL logos for the time being.
As he began the show Monday, McAfee commented that the show’s graphics would look slightly different than viewers had come to expect, because of a recent decision by the league.
“The Professional American Football League will finish its eighth week of its riveting primetime schedule as the Cincinnati football club travels to Cleveland to take on Cleveland’s football club,” McAfee said, as he avoided using any trademarks held by the National Football League. “And a lot of people may be asking ‘Pat, on this particular Halloween, why are you talking the way that you’re talking about the league that you’ve talked about the last three years?’. Well, the reason that I’m doing so is because even though we currently have a rights deal with NFL Films that costs us MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of dollars, we have been informed this morning that we are no longer allowed to use any of their logos on any of our graphics.”
“We can still run highlights and we can still run plays, because we paid — not one, not two, not three — over $4 million to be able to do as such, but we got word this morning…not allowed to use any logos on any graphics,” McAfee said of the show’s deal with NFL Films. “It’s been great doing business with you, I’m happy we have covered your league in the way that we have for the last few years. I am appreciative of the league and everything its done.”
He then sarcastically threatened to discuss things pertaining to the NFL that he has avoided in the past.
“I don’t think that we touched on many subjects we could have dabbled into,” McAfee said. “I think we’ll do that this offseason, for sure. We’ll talk a lot of things I know about — and my friends know a lot about — like insurance, and CTE, and concussions, and everything like that. I think we can find some people to chat about what the NFL should be held accountable for and what they shouldn’t be held accountable for. Because I thought the entire deal with the NFL — the Professional American Football League, I am so sorry — that I wanted to get involved with was making the game celebrated.”
To compensate for the lack of NFL logos, the show featured hand drawn cartoons of Joe Burrow, Trey Hendrickson, Nick Chubb, and Myles Garrett to promote tonight’s Monday Night Football broadcast.
Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network
“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”
Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.
“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”
Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.
“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”
Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’
“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.
In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.
The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”
He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO
“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).
DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.
Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.
“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”
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