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Blake Griffin To Launch Podcast For Audible

“A more targeted launch date beyond some time in 2020 has not been announced.”

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NBA star Blake Griffin has partnered with Amazon Audible and production company, OBB Pictures for a new podcast set to debut in 2020 according to Deadline.

Titled The Pursuit of Healthiness, the new podcast will be centered around Griffin’s interest in physical and mental fitness.  Known for his chiseled physique, Griffin’s passion for nutrition was helped along by his mother at a young age by avoiding processed foods, drinking barley green and taking fish oil.

“I’m excited to collaborate with Audible and OBB while I explore a true passion of mine as I connect with a wide range of experts, innovators and outliers throughout the health and wellness landscape,” Griffin said, as reported by Deadline. “I will be talking to everyone from spiritual gurus and entrepreneurs to actors and the NASA nutritionist, and somewhere in there we’re going to figure it all out or at least we’ll find out how gluten works.”

Griffin first discussed his upcoming podcast a few weeks ago, while appearing on another podcast hosted by comedian and former late night host, Pete Holmes.  The basketball star’s multimedia interests and affection for comedy can lead to opportunities away from the court as he gets ready for his 11th NBA season.  Griffin recently participated in Comedy Central’s roast of Alec Baldwin and practices standup during the offseason.  During his appearance on Pete Holmes’ podcast, Griffin drew parallels to the adrenaline rush he receives while playing in the NBA, to those he gets when performing standup on stage.  Griffin’s desire to entertain is now focused on his podcast as production is underway.

“Blake has unparalleled knowledge and access to the greatest nutritionists, trainers and experts in the fields of health and wellness. If he can’t help us figure out which way is up, we’re all in big trouble,” OBB CEO and founder Michael D. Ratner said. “As we continue to ramp up our podcast business, we’re incredibly excited to be working with Blake and Audible to bring this informative series out into the world.”

On the podcast, the six-time NBA All-Star and former No. 1 overall draft pick will be joined by guests from the health and wellness industry, sports and entertainment.  A more targeted launch date beyond some time in 2020 has not been announced.

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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Dan Le Batard: It Enrages Me That There’s a Craig Carton Show on TV

“The man defrauded the people and got right back into sports entertainment television!”

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The news of Tom Brady announcing his retirement on Wednesday came as Dan Le Batard and company were on the air, and in the midst of the initial reaction to Brady’s announcement, Le Batard offered a quick shot at WFAN and FS1 host Craig Carton.

Carton has been hosting a morning show on FS1 since last September. Craig added the TV show to co-hosting his successful afternoon drive program on WFAN alongside Evan Roberts.

But as Le Batard and the rest of the show were looking at the TV trying to figure out what was going on with the Brady story, Dan said he thought it was crazy Carton was on television.

“It enrages me that there’s a Carton show,” Le Batard said. “The man went to jail. The man defrauded the people and got right back into sports entertainment television!”

Carton went to prison for a year after facing a charge of securities and wire fraud. In the fall of 2020, after being released from jail earlier in the year, Carton made his return to WFAN.

It’s possible that Le Batard, who is busy running his own independent media operation, wasn’t aware Carton had a TV show. So it’s likely seeing Craig’s face probably was a bit of a shock. But it was clear Dan wasn’t expecting to learn the news from Carton’s show.

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ESPN Hands Out 6 New Contracts To Investigative Journalists

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ESPN is solidifying its lineup of investigative journalists. The network announced on Wednesday the hiring of two newcomers as well as contract extensions for four others.

Xuan Thai and Sara Coello are the two newcomers to The Worldwide Leader, starting their jobs in January.

Thai previously worked at NBC News and MSNBC. Most recently, she was the deputy bureau chief of the south region at NBC.

Coello has made her way to ESPN after stops at The Charlotte Observer, The Dallas Morning News and The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.

Alyssa Roenigk, Tisha Thompson, Sam Borden and Tom Junod are the four others who received contract extensions.

Roenigk is the most senior of the group, with 2023 being her 21st year at ESPN. She’s been an editor, sideline reporter, studio host and writer in that stretch of two decades.

Thompson and Borden both started at ESPN in 2017. Thompson has covered stories including the ongoing government investigation of Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder and investigated sexual assault allegations within the U.S. Snowboard team.

Borden has appeared regularly on various ESPN platforms like the ESPN Daily podcast and Outside the Lines. He’s a 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award winner for an NFL Countdown piece called “This Big Mo Show.”

Junod has been at ESPN since 2019. His previous stops include GQ, Esquire, Life and Sports Illustrated.

Additionally, a contract extension for veteran feature producer Scott Harves was announced by the network.

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Sports Media Reacts To Tom Brady Retiring

“Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.”

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Things seem a little more final this time. Tom Brady says he will not return to the field. The GOAT announced his retirement Wednesday morning in a video posted to social media.

While it is still unclear what happens next, plenty of people in the sports media had opinions to share. Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.

There were other reactions as well. It is well-known that Tom Brady has a ten-year contract worth $375 million waiting for him at FOX. That means plenty of people in the sports media have questions about what today’s announcement means for Greg Olsen.

Olsen has won plenty of acclaim as the analyst in the network’s top NFL booth. Brady’s deal includes him taking over that spot, so several personalities and writers used the day to publicly question the logic in that decision.

There was a third reaction too. Twitter was made for two things: reacting to breaking news and making jokes. Tom Brady announcing his retirement gave some members of the sports media the chance to do both.

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