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Katie Nolan Turns Zoom Chat Into Celebrity Hang Out

“Mina Kimes, Mike Golic Jr, Pablo Torre, Amin Elhassan, and Mike Ryan were the initial competitors, but as they added friends to the room, those friends added their friends and it got out of control.”

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Katie Nolan is still producing shows for ESPN+ right now. The latest episode of Always Late with Katie Nolan featured a challenge to some of her friends and ESPN colleagues. The group was to send a link to the Zoom chat out to all of the most famous people they know. Whoever got the most famous person into the room won.

The room started out with a lot of ESPN heavy hitters. Mina Kimes, Mike Golic Jr, Pablo Torre, Amin Elhassan, and Mike Ryan were the initial competitors, but as they added friends to the room, those friends added their friends and it got out of control. At one point, there were as many as 16 boxes on the screen.

In the end, it is hard not to call Mike Ryan the winner. He got TNT’s Adam Lefkoe in the room. Lefkoe in turn recruited his TNT co-star Dwayne Wade. As if that wasn’t enough, Ryan also invited writer Shea Serrano into the room. A text from Serrano got Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Other famous faces that popped up included actor Jeffrey Wright, Patriots wide out Danny Amendola, Bob Ley, and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who entered the room saying “why am I here?”.

“I can’t wait until we’re all out of the chat and it’s just like Drake talking to Patrick Stewart,” Ryan said at one point.

Whether or not Nolan and her crew roll out this idea for a second time remains to be seen. If it is a one-time only event, it is certainly one of the most memorable things ESPN has created since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts

“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.

“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”

The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.

Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.

“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”

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Fanatics to Open First Sportsbook Inside FedEx Field

“The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.”

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Sports licensing giant Fanatics will soon be launching its long-anticipated sportsbook.

The company will open up a physical sportsbook location in Maryland at FedEx Field on January 20. Fanatics has also been granted a license to operate in Massachusetts, tethered to Plainridge Park Casino.

The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium. Bettors in the DMV will now be able to place wagers at all their local teams’ venues, as William Hill has an on-site location at Capital One Arena – home of the Capitals and Wizards – and BetMGM has a space at Nationals Park in D.C.

Despite having a physical location at FedEx Field, bettors in Maryland will not be able to place mobile wagers through a Fanatics Sportsbook app.

According to Front Office Sports, Fanatics hopes to have the sportsbook up and running in some fashion in all states where legal by September.

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Pat McAfee Teases Major New Partnership

“We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing.”

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Up to something season has returned for Pat McAfee.

McAfee has routinely used that phrasing to tease viewers and listeners about major dealings in the works, and on Wednesday he said something big is coming down the pike.

“We’re up to something,” McAfee said. “We got a big partnership coming up. It’s big. We haven’t even chatted about this at all. That’s how much we’ve evolved.”

Pat continued about how the show has matured, saying he was proud they waited until this late in the game to even bring up the fact they’ve got a new deal to announce.

“If this conversation had taken place three years ago, the announcement we’re about to make, it would’ve been two weeks worth of the show,” he said. “Every single segment would’ve been brought back to oh something’s coming, something’s coming, something’s coming.”

“That is changing quickly in a big way,” he added.

McAfee noted that being on the road in Los Angeles for the college football national championship has made the reaction to the new partnership somewhat subdued.

“I should be more excited,” he said. “We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing. We’ve been working on this for a couple years now. Good for us, dude.”

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