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McAfee Drops Sponsor, Nearly Drops WWE Gig

“Cooler heads prevailed, Cole apologized and McAfee participated in the Wrestlemania Kickoff Show and the live watch along that streamed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, tuxedo-shorts and all.”

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Pat McAfee has had an interesting week. He almost split from the WWE Sunday and also had to drop a sponsor Tuesday.

Thanks to a feud between MyBookie and Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy, the former Indianapolis Colts punter announced Tuesday he would no longer endorse the sports gambling outlet on his podcast The Pat McAfee Show and social media platforms.

Since he was in Minnesota, a state that doesn’t permit sports betting, Portnoy was unable to wager a $250,000 bet on Texas Tech for the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game Monday, a bet he would have lost. MyBookie thought this would be an opportune time for free advertising on Twitter and chimed in on his tweet.

https://twitter.com/barstoolsports/status/1115717226701774849

Portnoy followed up with an f-bomb minefield of a video rant against MyBookie in which he pledged to bring the company down.

https://twitter.com/stoolpresidente/status/1115707749189521409

Portony has since filled his Twitter timeline with MyBookie user complaints and fine print rules the site uses to protect itself on payouts.

McAfee quickly picked up the feud and decided to drop MyBookie.

McAfee also nearly quit his new gig with the WWE less than an hour before he was set to go live on the WWE Network for Wrestlemania. This all because long-time play-by-play announcer Michael Cole publicly scolded McAfee for wearing “tuxedo-shorts” to the event.

“I am leaving,’ right? I am not getting punked and yelled at like a child in front of everybody like that,” McAfee revealed on his podcast. “You guys think I’m some schlub… this is a second job to me. I’m very lucky to be here, very excited to be here, but I’m not gonna be yelled at like I’m a f***ing child in front of people.”

Cooler heads prevailed, Cole apologized and McAfee participated in the Wrestlemania Kickoff Show and the live watch along that streamed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, tuxedo-shorts and all.

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Michael Kay: Vin Scully Was ‘A Gift From The Gods’

“No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

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As sports media figures continue to mourn the passing of Vin Scully, Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay penned a special op-ed to Scully in The New York Post.

Kay noted the sheer length of Scully’s career — pointing out he announced games for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges just as he did for Clayton Kershaw — and how his style “transcended generations”.

“If you listen to how some called a game in the 50s, you can question if they would even be hired by today’s execs or, more importantly, accepted by today’s audience,” Kay said. “Scully was just as good and relevant in 2016 as he was in 1950. There is an incredible genius to that accomplishment.”

The two baseball broadcasters both graduated from Fordham University, which Kay said bonded them after they were introduced to one another in 1999 by Scully’s friend Keith Olbermann.

Kay also echoed a sentiment shared by many the day following Scully’s passing: that he was the greatest sports broadcaster of all time.

“In an era of hot takes where debate shows argue about the greatest this and the greatest that, there is no debate that Scully is simply the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived,” Kay definitively said. “No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

He later added Scully’s ability “was a gift from the Gods. A lovely, soft, easy voice and a disarming manner that made him sound like a friend and not an authority figure giving you the score.”

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NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt Will Host Podcast With Omaha Productions

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

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You’ll soon be able to hear NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on your favorite podcast platform.

Brandt, who co-hosts Good Morning Football, signed on with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions according to Adam Schefter.

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”

Caesars Sportsbook will be supply all betting lines for Brandt’s show. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.

Brandt’s show joins a lineup of six other podcasts originally announced back in June.

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DirecTV Strikes Deal with Amazon to Carry Thursday Night Football in Bars and Restaurants

. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so.

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This season, Thursday Night Football moves over to Amazon’s streaming service for the first time. That might be good for consumers at home, but that left a drastic issue still with bars and restaurants carrying the games.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Amazon has agreed to allow DirecTV co carry its games to bars and restaurants. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so. Some establishments that have upgraded their equipment recently have run into issues syncing the video to go to different televisions from the stream.

DirecTV is also entering its last season with NFL Sunday Ticket.

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