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Emmanuel Acho Talks About Web Series Success On Adam Schefter Podcast

“He mentioned in the interview that he has conversations with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and he has spoken to different NFL and MLB organizations.”

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One of the more popular and powerful series on the internet lately is Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man hosted by former NFL player Emmanuel Acho. Acho helps start those tough conversations that can help make change while also working as one of the hosts on Speak For Yourself on FS1. 

Before FS1, Acho worked for ESPN as a college football analyst and one of the frequent analysts on Get Up. This week, Acho was on The Adam Schefter Podcast to talk about the origins of the social media series that is sweeping the country and his new book deal with Oprah.

“After the murder of George Floyd, I said ‘I got to do something.’ I almost felt guilty talking about race because I am a sports analyst. I almost felt guilty talking about being black and the struggles that come with being black even if it’s my own struggles because you all don’t want to hear about this, but you have to. 

“At first, it was going to be called “Questions White People Have.” I reached out to Marcus Spears (ESPN analyst), Rachel Lindsay (of ABC’s The Bachelorette), a couple of white people and I said ‘hey, I would love to have a dialogue and roundtable to ask and answer questions,’ but the problem is the coronavirus has put everyone in different cities and made it harder for everyone to travel. It was going to take too long, so I said I would do it myself.”

For Acho, the reaction that he has received from these videos has reached millions of people. He mentioned in the interview that he has conversations with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and he has spoken to different NFL and MLB organizations. 

“I’m not reaching out to people. I’m letting the conversation happen organically,” Acho said. “Then, I try to have a conversation with them. I reach out to people who reach out to me. It has been encouraging and powerful, dude. If you believe in the goal, if you want to see the world become a better place, I feel I have the platform to do that.”

Last week, it was announced that Acho received a book deal from Oprah to write two books called Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man and Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy. The former title will be released in November. Acho made it clear that the book can have more of an impact than social media because the next step can be taken. 

“The book will allow me to give them what I haven’t been able to give them via words. It will allow me to take things a step further. Sizzle comes with the spoken word. If you want to make generational impact, it comes with the written word.”  

While doing these videos, Acho has been trying to balance being a host on FS1 as well. He does have production teams in Austin, Texas and in Los Angeles that help him with the project. He mentioned how sports is his career but doing these conversations has been his calling. Yet, sports has given him a chance to smile. 

During the podcast, Schefter brought about the topic of racial reconciliation and what the goal is.

“I think that reconciliation is not a finish line that you cross,” Acho responded. “Football games, basketball games have an end. When the 60 minutes are up, there is a final score. That’s not what this is with racial reconciliation. It’s not the line that you cross, but the road that you travel.”

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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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