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Dan Le Batard: Kim Mulkey Will Not Be Able to Sue the Washington Post

“People just don’t care how meticulous journalists have to be about writing something that Kim Mulkey is afraid of and should be afraid of.”

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Although LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey says she has a plan in place to sue The Washington Post for an upcoming article about her, one former print journalist turned digital sports juggernaut says she’s in for a rude awakening. Dan Le Batard, a former Miami Herald columnist and current host of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, says Mulkey won’t have a chance to do so.

On the Monday, Mar. 25 edition of the Le Batard Show, Dan discusses the recent Kim Mulkey controversy and how the LSU women’s basketball coach doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on in terms of suing The Washington Post. For the uninitiated, Mulkey made headlines over the weekend after addressing a yet-to-be-published piece by The Washington Post. While the contents of this mysterious article are unknown, they must be salacious enough for Mulkey to get out in front of it and issue a statement condemning the piece.

“I’ve hired the best defamation law firm in the country and I will sue The Washington Post if they publish a false story about me,” Mulkey said via Yahoo. “Not many people are in a position to hold these kind of journalists accountable, but I am, and I’ll do it.”

However, Le Batard says otherwise. “This story will be fair and vetted, and when it comes out, she will not be able to sue them,” Le Batard said. “She will threaten to sue them. She will make a lot of noise around suing them, but I assure you that the best lawyers in journalism for the Washington Post will make it so that the story is unassailable – ethically and legally.”

Le Batard has been very opinionated on the current state of journalism. He lamented that sports media would never, “make another Peter King” after the former MMQB columnist retired earlier, taking his credibility built upon decades of print journalism with him. He also commented on the line blurring between sports journalism and sports betting companies thanks to ESPN Bet, although these comments were met with a riposte from his co-hosts who were quick to point out his company is funded by DraftKings Sportsbook.

However, Le Batard knows that while this story will have a tall hill to climb in the world of public opinion, Kim Mulkey should be afraid of what’s coming her way.

“These things are not done carelessly,” Le Batard said. “The responses, though, that undercut them are allowed to be done carelessly and often win because people just don’t care how meticulous journalists have to be about writing something that Kim Mulkey is afraid of and should be afraid of.”

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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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