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Ian Rapoport Launches Podcast Through Westwood One

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RapSheet and Friends, a new podcast hosted by Ian Rapoport launched as a joint venture by Westwood One and the NFL Network.  The first episode of RapSheet and Friends was released September 5th on the Westwood One Podcast Network.

“Sports is the crown jewel of Westwood One and we take pride in delivering our unbeatable sports programming across the entire audio landscape,” said Suzanne Grimes, executive VP, Marketing for Cumulus Media and president of Westwood One. “This original podcast is a perfect addition for football fans who want to hear the inside track.”

Episode one of RapSheet and Friends is uniquely titled, “Bill Belichick and the time Tom Brady almost fell off a cliff hitting a meaningless golf shot.”  Featured on the podcast’s first episode is an exclusive interview with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.  After being asked to tell a favorite Tom Brady story, Belichick told of the time his MVP and five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback was “hanging over the side of the cliff probably 200 -300 feet above the ocean trying to hit a golf ball.”

“But that’s Tom, he’s very, very competitive, very focused.  Plays kind of fearlessly, whether it’s on…in this case on the golf course…or on the football field.  But I was just thinking to myself, ‘This is a crazy sight that I’m looking at here.’

So he hit the ball and then his caddy kind of walked over there and gave him a hand and helped him back up this cliff that he was a few feet down on, or below.  So I certainly breathed a little bit easier when he came up for air on that one.”

The first episode also includes appearances by Ian’s NFL Network colleagues Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero in addition to Belichick.

“All I want to do is talk football with my buddies and provide listeners with the latest and most in-depth information possible,” Rapoport said when describing his show. “This podcast offers the perfect avenue to do that. Along with Mike and Tom, we’re going to have fun, I promise.”

RapSheet and Friends episodes will be released weekly, continuing to offer listeners in-depth analysis, unique stories and exclusive conversations with players, coaches and front office personnel.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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