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Pat McAfee Details Fertility Struggle After His Wife Announces Pregnancy

“I think that’s something that women are embarrassed to share, but I don’t think anybody realizes the alarmingly high amount of times that it does not work out, and it is devastating – absolutely devastating.”

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Pat McAfee is officially a father to-be.

Pat’s wife Samantha announced on Twitter on Wednesday that their first child is due in May, and Pat revealed on his show that Sam had made it through the first trimester without any complications.

But the path to pregnancy for Sam has been nothing short of harrowing. Pat spoke in detail on his show about the previous difficulties in conceiving.

Over the last couple of years, Sam had to deal with ectopic pregnancies. Twice she had to be rushed into emergency surgery and had complications that came with a chance she could die. Pat said twice they had to work through the trauma of not only losing a baby, but fighting battles internally about his wife feeling like she was unfit to bear children.

Pat added that the experiences led them into researching statistics about ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages, and that he felt like it’s something that isn’t discussed as openly as you’d think.

“It’s not really talked about much, but it is an alarmingly high percent of pregnancies that don’t end up being successful,” he said. “I think that’s something that women are embarrassed to share, but I don’t think anybody realizes the alarmingly high amount of times that it does not work out, and it is devastating – absolutely devastating.”

McAfee said eventually they were led to in vitro fertilization. It was a decision that took a lot of time and discussion and healing between he and Sam.

“It took us a little bit to want to do that because of how emotionally draining everything was,” he said. “Sam is a f–king badass. Sam has battled and battled, not only physically but mentally and emotionally, she’s had to go through a bunch.”

Pat noted IVF was successful back in July, but he and Sam wanted to see how the beginning stages of the pregnancy went before sharing the news with others.

“We get pregnant, we think it’s gonna go good, but we didn’t want to tell anybody because we didn’t want to put the unwarranted pressure on people to not only be happy for us but then also because if it doesn’t work out – because we have been scarred a little bit – we don’t want anybody to feel bad and do the whole thing.”

But now that things have gone well through the first 12 weeks, Pat said they’ve been able to share the news with friends and family and now his YouTube audience. He expressed his admiration and appreciation for his wife.

“Her persistence and resilience has been something that is nothing short of inspiring,” he said. “She has been through a lot of pain, she has a lot of scars both physically and emotionally from this whole process. And I can’t wait to see you be a mom. You’re gonna f–king be the best mom on Earth, and I appreciate you so much.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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”.

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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”.

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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.”

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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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