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Chad Withrow: Pat McAfee-Stephen A. Smith Feud is a WWE Work

“You know what I initially thought, just because it is the New York Post, is that Norby Williamson leaked this to them as well.”

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OutKick’s Hot Mic show with Jonathan Hutton and Chad Withrow, spent time this week talking about the ongoing feud between ESPN staffers Pat McAfee and Stephen A. Smith. According to the New York Post’s Ryan Glasspiegel, Stephen A. Smith and Pat McAfee had a private conversation that turned ugly over creative differences on an unnamed project that Stephen. A will produce through his production company, Mr. SAS Productions.

Allegedly, McAfee called Smith a “motherf*****r” at one point during the call. Glasspiegel said the argument caused Smith to ban McAfee from appearing on First Take, but that ban was since lifted once cooler heads prevailed. The Post reached out to both McAfee and Smith who said any animosity between the two has since been resolved.

Jonathan Hutton asked Withrow, “What is going on, where ESPN has this ‘we are not going to comment on it’ and all they’ve done, the two of them and McAfee especially, is comment and bringing up this whole saga back and forth again? They never addressed it internally, I truly believe they never really did anything about it, they just tried to ignore it and hope it just went away over the 24-hour news cycle and that the ‘we are not commenting on this’ would echo through McAfee especially, and now Stephen A. They didn’t punish McAfee for it so nothing is going to happen here, it will continue.”

Withrow replied, “Some good reporting from the New York Post, first off, to get the report out there. And then get, what comes down to, a complete rebuttal of the entire story from both Pat McAfee and Stephen A. Smith, other than not denying the fact that a heated phone conversation took place and that Pat McAfee called Stephen A Smith a “mother-effer” in that call. That was not addressed in the two statements back to the New York Post.”

Withrow added, “I think this is partly ESPN saying, ‘you guys are such big celebrities now with big voices, you’re big boys you handle it however you want, but dont let this grow to be something else, so go ahead and release your statements and talk to the New York Post and say whatever you want to about the story, but don’t let this get back to us this time the way Pat McAfee calling out Norby Williamson got back to em last time.’ What did Pat McAfee say about all of that? He didn’t apologize…It all seems like a mess…but the more it seems like a mess, the more I think some it is an orchestrated mess in that ESPN isn’t doing or saying anything to stop it. They are allowing it to continue.”

Hutton that brought a name into the conversation that has come up before with Pat McAfee. “You know what I initially thought, just because it is the New York Post, is that Norby Williamson leaked this to them as well.”

Regardless of where the information came from, Withrow believes this is all a positive for ESPN and they may have something to do with it. “It seems to me like this isn’t the worst news for ESPN,” he said. “And because of Pat McAfee’s wrestling background…I don’t think we are getting full-on worked… but I do believe that ESPN is at least remotely complicit in a work that is going on, in that they are not issuing statements, they are not demanding apologies from either one of them, they’re not suspending anybody. So, I take all of that info to say that ESPN does not care about this going on. This could be an ‘any publicity is good publicity’ type situation for ESPN.

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Report: Scott Van Pelt to Relaunch ‘SVPod’ with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions

This news comes on the heels of ESPN and Omaha Productions announcing a nine-year, multi-platform rights extension through 2034.

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ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt is bringing his ‘SVPod’ podcast back after nine months off. According to Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy, Van Pelt has partnered with Peyton Manning and Omaha Productions and along with show co-host ‘Stanford’ Steve Coughlin, they will dop two shows per week. McCarthy also reports that as part of the deal, ESPN will air the video version of the show on their YouTube page.

This news comes on the heels of ESPN and Omaha Productions announcing a nine-year, multi-platform rights extension through 2034. As part of the deal, Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli will continue, which recently attained an average of 1.24 million viewers over its nine-game slate.

The series, which has been on the air for the last three seasons, features former NFL quarterbacks and Super Bowl champions Peyton and Eli Manning who break down the game and welcome several special guests.

Van Pelt’s ‘SVPod’ debuted on January 14, 2020. At that time, Van Pelt was looking for more time to expound on various topics or have longer interviews with topical guests.

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Yahoo Sports Adds Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson East as Correspondent

“I’m excited to watch the world’s best athletes compete on the biggest stage and take fans behind the scenes along the way.”

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Yahoo Sports announced is adding Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East as a correspondent for this summer’s games in Paris. Johnson East will be in France to deliver coverage of the gymnastics competition as well as additional moments such as the Opening Ceremony.

She’ll contribute analysis, athlete interviews, and features that bring fans closer to the games’ biggest stories. She’ll also provide reaction to the gymnastics U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June. Johnson East’s coverage will be available across Yahoo Sports platforms and via her social channels. 

“It’s such an honor to be able to return to the Olympics in 2024 with my family for the first time to be an official correspondent for Yahoo Sports,” Johnson East said. “I’m excited to watch the world’s best athletes compete on the biggest stage and take fans behind the scenes along the way.”

Johnson East won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympic balance beam event. She won silver in the team, all-around, and floor exercise events. After retiring from gymnastics in 2012, Shawn has gone on to write a New York Times best-selling book, win Dancing with the Stars, and start a YouTube channel with more than 405 million views and a popular podcast with her husband, Andrew.

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The Dan Patrick Podcast Network Adds Two Jomboy Media Shows

“I love entertainment that surprises and informs, which makes ‘Jimmy’s Three Things’ and ‘Wake N’ Jake’ great additions to my podcast network.”

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iHeartPodcasts, Dan Patrick and Jomboy Media announced a partnership to add the “Jimmy’s Three Things” and “Wake N’ Jake” podcasts to The Dan Patrick Podcast Network, effective immediately.

Co-produced by Patrick, iHeartPodcasts, Workhouse Media and Jomboy Media, “Jimmy’s Three Things” and “Wake N’ Jake” — individually hosted by Jomboy Media co-founders Jimmy “Jomboy” O’Brien” and Jake Storiale, respectively — are available now on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

In each episode of Jimmy’s Three Things, Jomboy reveals his “3 things” of the week. Wake N’ Jake covers the biggest storylines across the world of sports, including the latest trades, injuries, prospects, draft previews, predictions, and more.

“Dan Patrick’s an originator of the fun-first, fan-driven sports community that Jomboy Media is built upon,” said Jimmy “Jomboy” O’Brien in a release. “Partnering with his podcast network is a tremendous opportunity to take two of our most fun shows to the new level.”

“I grew up watching Dan Patrick and to be working with him now is a dream.” said Jake Storiale. “It’s really cool to see our company grow in so many organic and surprising ways, and now some of our shows will be hosted on one of the biggest podcast platforms in the country.”

“Moments with Jimmy ‘Jomboy’ O’Brien and Jake Storiale are rarely predictable,” shared Dan Patrick. “I love entertainment that surprises and informs, which makes ‘Jimmy’s Three Things’ and ‘Wake N’ Jake’ great additions to my podcast network.”

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