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Alex Cooper Stays, Sofia Franklyn Exits As Call Her Daddy Returns To Barstool

“Cooper uploaded a 30-minute video to YouTube announcing she agreed to a new deal with Barstool which will see her host Call Her Daddy as a solo effort.”

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If you were unaware of Barstool’s Call Her Daddy podcast one month ago, you’ve likely heard about it now. In recent weeks, drama circled the podcast’s hosts Alex Cooper and Sofia Franklyn as they attempted to negotiate new contracts one year into their tenure with Barstool. 

As Franklyn’s boyfriend, HBO Sports Executive Vice President Peter Nelson reportedly intervened, the contract demands became outrageous and paused the podcast in early April. Now Cooper is ready to resume the show, returning to Barstool without her co-host Sofia Franklyn. Cooper uploaded a 30-minute video to YouTube announcing she agreed to a new deal with Barstool which will see her host Call Her Daddy as a solo effort.  

“At the end of the day, what it comes down to, is that I am very aware that this brand, the Daddy Gang, is bigger than Sofia and me. Much bigger. And I am so f - - king excited to get the show back on the air and continue to talk about sex…and blowjobs…and talk about shitty one-night stands…and get into it. And I think that it f – – king sucks because the excitement I have, I wish Sofia had had that day on Dave’s rooftop,” Cooper said. 

According to Kirsten Fleming of The New York Post, “that day on Dave’s rooftop” refers to a meeting Cooper and Franklyn had with Portnoy, where he offered them a guaranteed $500k  salary base, plus incentives as well as handing them the Call Her Daddy intellectual property rights. 

According to Cooper, their initial deal with Barstool agreed to pay the duo $75,000 in year one, $85,000 in the second year and $100,000 for the third. After quickly outperforming their contract, Cooper and Franklyn received raises three months into the deal. 

Last week, Portnoy released a Call Her Daddy episode of his own, to explain the podcast drama and stated Cooper made $506k and Franklyn earned $461k in their first year after renegotiations. Yet Franklyn’s HBO exec boyfriend allegedly continued to increase the hosts’ list of demands.

After their meeting on Dave’s rooftop, Cooper said it became clear the hosts wanted different things, believing Franklyn ultimately wanted them to ditch Barstool and start a new show. Franklyn, meanwhile, posted an Instagram video stating she feels “betrayed” by Cooper, believing her co-host went behind her back in an attempt to take control of the show. “I am willing to do Call Her Daddy. I really am. I just can’t do it under the circumstances that she wants,” Franklyn said

While Cooper is back with Barstool and says she’ll have a new episode out Wednesday, May 27, the drama surrounding this podcast likely isn’t over. Monday morning, after Cooper agreed to return, Portnoy said Barstool CEO Erika Nardini received a call from media proprietor Scooter Braun on behalf of Franklyn’s boyfriend and HBO exec Peter Nelson. According to Portnoy, the call was an attempt at getting Franklyn 50% of Call Her Daddy back.

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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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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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