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Stupodity Goes Behind The Scenes Of Inside The NBA

“On Tuesday, Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk had Tim Kiely as a guest on the Stupodity podcast. Kiely is the vice president of production and the executive producer at Turner Sports and was a guest recommended by Ernie Johnson.”

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With the NBA set to resume at the end of month in Orlando, one of the things sports fans are awaiting is the return of Inside The NBA on TNT after games. While there is no news yet on how the show will look when basketball comes back, there’s never a bad opportunity to learn more about the show that’s been on the air since 1989. 

One ESPN podcast this week gave us that opportunity. On Tuesday, Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk had Tim Kiely as a guest on the Stupodity podcast. Kiely is the vice president of production and the executive producer at Turner Sports and was a guest recommended by Ernie Johnson. 

While there was no news on the podcast about the future of the show, there were some great stories told by Kiely.

“We don’t fear mistakes,” he told the hosts. In fact, we celebrate them. Everyone has a party about it. It’s better radio and TV when you look like a human being. That was really the formula.”

Later in the interview, you hear Kiely talk about the format of the show and how it is different from the SportsCenter that he helped produce at ESPN from 1991-1994.

“When I got to Turner, there was no real middle or upper management to say do it this way. When the guests came in, he was so much more at ease because he wasn’t reading a generic question I wrote.”

Inside The NBA moments are watched by many and laughs are shared along the way. Kiely views Twitter as one of the thing that helped take the show to the next step as a big hit along with going live to the west coast.

“Everybody dove into it because it was a new thing. If it’s a good tweet, we will put it up. When they take a direct shot at one of our people in a fun way, that’s better than anything. The rise of Twitter and the first time we went with Charles to the west coast to do the Western Conference Finals, we showed up and people just mobbed us. It was like a rock concert. It got a lot more play out there.”

Throughout this episode, you will hear different stories about Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and what happened when Shaquille O’Neal joined the panel. It is a good reminder that the laughs will resume soon and to get to know more about the people that bring knowledge of the NBA and humor together into one cohesive show. 

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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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