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Emmanuel Acho Signs Book Deal With Oprah Winfrey

“According to the press release, two books will be published from Acho, starting with Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man and later Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Boy geared towards children.”

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Emmanuel Acho’s presence continues to grow after announcing a deal with Oprah Winfrey and Macmillan Publishers to bring his video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man to print. 

According to the press release, two books will be published from Acho, starting with Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man and later Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Boy geared towards children.

Not only has Acho become a rising sports media star since retiring from the NFL, but he’s recently taken on the role of social activist.

The former NFL linebacker and current FS1 analyst launched his video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man June 1, quickly amassing 20 million views as he addresses the questions white Americans are afraid to ask regarding racism.

As white people say, “how can I do better?” with the goal of becoming anti-racist, Acho’s video series has been an educational tool, utilizing communication as a way to bridge our countries racial gap. Now with the support of Oprah, Acho’s conversations will extend beyond social media, and be offered as a book.  

“Emmanuel Acho is creating a space to open the aperture for understanding by breaking down fears, frustrations, biases and prejudices week after week,” Oprah said in the press release. “I consider it a privilege to be able to help him keep doing the good work that he has been called to do. I can’t wait until this book is available to everyone who chooses to open their mind and heart to their own uncomfortable conversation.”

Acho said he views the book as having the ability to be passed down from generation to generation, building true change. 

“While I’ve been thrilled by the reaction to my video series, I never wanted this to just be a social media moment,” Acho added. “In order to effect true change, these uncomfortable conversations need to transcend the screen—which is why I’m putting them on the page, too. I firmly believe that if you want to go fast, you go alone. But if you want to go far, you go together. I’m honored to have a partner and supporter in Oprah Winfrey and Macmillan Publishers.”

The book will be out Nov. 10, but it’s already available for preorder at UncomfortableConvos.com. The children’s version, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy will be released next spring.

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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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