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Khabib Nurmagomedov Refuses To Do Ultimate Fighter Reboot

“He told ESPN’s Brett Okomatto that he isn’t going to be a part of anything Connor McGregor is attached to.”

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Dana White had hopes of reviving the UFC’s reality competition The Ultimate Fighter this year. He wanted to put one of the most heated rivalries in MMA at the center of the series and make Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov coaches of the respective teams.

Nurmagomedov is pretty clear. That is not going to happen.

He told ESPN’s Brett Okomatto that he isn’t going to be a part of anything Conor McGregor is attached to. As far as Nurmagomedov is concerned, the two fighters don’t need to have even a professional relationship.

“I don’t want to give him this,” Nurmagomedov said. “I never give him this. Even if they give me $5 billion — even if they gave me the UFC — I never do this. This is good attention for him.”

As the media partner of the UFC, ESPN+ certainly hopes Nurmagomedov sees his way to changing his mind. A new season of The Ultimate Fighter would be the first in two years. It makes sense that ESPN and Dana White would want to make a splash. Involving the two enemies could certainly generate a few subscriptions.

The real goal of course would be for a new season of The Ultimate Fighter to lead to a Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor rematch, which could make a major impact on the UFC’s and ESPN+’s pay-per-view business.

The two last fought in 2018. The lead up to their match at UFC 229 features McGregor and his team making some pretty racist comments about Nurmagomedov and his family. After Nurmagomedov forced McGregor into submission, he jumped over the cage to confront McGregor’s team.

It is understandable that Nurmagomedov feels like he is done with McGregor. The guy crossed a personal line and Nurmagomedov not only beat him, but forced him to physically give up. Still, it also makes sense for McGregor’s camp and Dana White to try to keep the option of a rematch on the table.

Nurmagomedov will put his undefeated record on the line against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Once that is over, Okomatto writes that he doesn’t expect talk of another fight with McGregor to just go away, saying it “would do massive business for the UFC, as it would pit two of its biggest stars against one another, in a matchup that has witnessed some infamously bad blood.”

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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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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