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Colin Cowherd Launches The Herd Podcast Network

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FOX Sports Radio and FS1 host Colin Cowherd has announced the launch of The Herd Podcast Network. Debuting on iHeartRadio and other podcast platforms tomorrow, February 28th, the new network will feature Cowherd’s daily and weekly podcasts, which generated nearly 100 million downloads in the past year, as well as other podcasts hand-picked and curated by Cowherd.

One of those additions is 3 and Out with John Middlekauff. The new weekly program debuts this week with special coverage from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Middlekauff will offer his unfiltered opinions and perspectives on the top stories in the NFL and college football. The Bay Area football analyst writes for The Athletic and makes appearances on the Pac-12 Network and NBC Sports Bay Area. He has hosted radio programs in San Francisco for 95.7 The Game and KNBR in addition to co-hosting the popular Haberman and Middlekauff podcast. His career history includes a stint as an NFL scout for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Doug Gottlieb, host of FOX Sports Radio’s weekday afternoon program The Doug Gottlieb Show, is also entering the podcast space. Gottlieb will host a college basketball and NBA podcast starting in March. More details about the two new podcasts will be announced soon.

“I’ve said it before – I’ve chosen to work with the best people in the industry and I couldn’t be more excited about this new venture with Premiere Networks and Red Seat Ventures,” said Cowherd.  “This is a unique opportunity for The Herd audience to dive deeper into the sports they crave. If you like what we do on our show, you will like what John, Doug and the other podcast hosts bring to the table. I’m incredibly lucky to launch this platform for the fans whenever and wherever they happen to be listening.”

“When Colin asked me to be a part of this, I could not have said ‘yes’ fast enough,” said Middlekauff. “This is a great opportunity for me to talk about a sport I have spent my whole career working in. Colin’s audience is passionate and loyal, and I hope to deliver the insight and thought-provoking opinions they have come to expect from Colin and his brand. I’m excited to be a part of The Herd Podcast Network and look forward to delivering a great podcast every week on 3 and Out.”

“Colin Cowherd is one of the most talented personalities in sports media,” shared Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “We are beyond excited to expand our relationship with Colin and his brand. He has millions of passionate fans and the addition of a podcast network allows us to increase our content offerings, while connecting with more sports fans than ever before.”

The Herd Podcast Network is the latest collaboration between Cowherd, Premiere Networks and Red Seat Ventures, who partnered in 2016 to launch TheHerdNow.com, the digital home for content created and curated by Colin Cowherd. Additional sports podcasts are expected to be added throughout 2018.

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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