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Pac 12 Networks Eyeing Digital Carriage

“The network is now unavailable to AT&T customers, slashing their audience by a large margin.”

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The PAC-12 won’t admit it, but it has been floundering on the scoreboard for quite some time and the impact of the PAC 12’s self-inflicted wounds is hurting the western conference’s pocketbooks.

It’s no secret the PAC-12 has been falling behind in revenue numbers compared to the rest of the Power 5, but as its media rights are set to expire in 2024, the time is now for commissioner Larry Scott to decide the future of the PAC-12’s viewing availability.

The reliance on late Friday and Saturday night football games has met mixed results for audiences and complete backlash from coaches, including the frontrunner Washington Huskies head coach Chris Petersen.

On top of that, PAC-12 basketball has been abysmal this season with expectations of a return to prominence completely shattered. Currently, no PAC-12 team is ranked in the Top 25.

Once more, the PAC-12 is mishandling its prized possession: the PAC-12 Network. The network is now unavailable to AT&T customers, slashing their audience by a large margin. And while unintentional, this past football season the network locked a large portion of the country out of a marquee matchup when (14) Washington State played (24) Stanford in a crucial late-season game for the Cougars just as they were gaining national attention.

With the ACC Network set to debut later this year, the PAC-12 could find itself officially bringing up the rear in college athletics.

In an effort to point towards a digital future with new opportunities at his disposal, Scott told Bloomberg that he is in a position to explore since the conference owns all of its media rights.

But the problem is the product, and asking the Amazons and Twitters of the world to invest in a product takes more than a historical name and a false slogan, “The Conference of Champions.” His conference continuously beats itself out of national title contention and as a result has little demand. AT&T proved that by dropping the PAC-12 Network in December. It is a red flag for TV networks that Scott will have to maneuver around as he negotiates with his digital partners-to-be.

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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