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Lawyers Ask Site Managers To Join SB Nation Suit

“All former and current SB Nation site managers received a letter from the law firm of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho asking them to join the suit. Awful Announcing published part of that letter on Thursday.”

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Attorneys for Cheryl Bradley, John M. Wakefield and Maija Liisa Varda have asked other current and former site managers for SB Nation’s fan blogs to join their lawsuit against the company.

Bradley originally filed the lawsuit in September, claiming that her work for the Colorado Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey passed the legal standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act to make her an employee. SB Nation considers Bradley and other site managers to be contractors.

All former and current SB Nation site managers received a letter from the law firm of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho asking them to join the suit. Awful Announcing published part of that letter on Thursday.

If you choose to join this case, you may be required, with the help of Plaintiffs’ lawyers, to answer written questions, produce documents related to your work as Site Manager, attend a deposition, and/or testify in court. You will not be responsible for paying any lawyers’ fees. Plaintiffs’ lawyers are being paid on contingency, which means that if Plaintiffs do not receive a recovery in this case, no lawyer fees will be owed. If Plaintiffs obtain a recovery, either by settlement or judgment, Plaintiffs’ lawyers may, pursuant to the FLSA, file a request with the Court to receive part of the recovery as compensation for their services. Any settlement or fee award would require the Court’s approval as being fair and reasonable. 

If Plaintiffs and the other Site Managers win this case, you may receive compensation for unpaid minimum wages and/or overtime wages. The maximum possible recovery allowed under the FLSA is double (2x) any unpaid minimum wages and overtime. If you elect to join this case, you designate the Plaintiffs as your agent to make decisions for you relating to the litigation, including settlement, lawyer fees and costs, and any other matters relating to this case, regardless of whether a recovery is ultimately achieved.

Thus, if you elect to join this case, Plaintiffs’ decisions will be binding on you and your claims. A recovery is not guaranteed and depends on the adjudication of the claims. 

You do not need to join this case. It is your choice. If you do not join the case, you preserve the right to file your own separate claim, or not, as you choose.

According to Awful Announcing, the letter states that attorneys for the plaintiffs must receive the completed form from those interested in joining the case by June 3. It also notes that Vox Media is prohibited from discriminating against anyone joining the case.

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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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