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Erika Nardini: MLB Needs Platforms Like Barstool Sports

“To be honest with you that’s why I think Major League Baseball needs platforms on the internet and people like Barstool Sports”.

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini appeared as a special guest on Monday’s episode of The Fourth Watch podcast with host Steve Krakauer.

The Fourth Watch episode featured host Steve Krakauer interviewing Nardini about a variety of topics that included; the evolution of Barstool Sports in the past five years, her initial meeting with Dave Portnoy, combining sports gambling with live content, and the current state of the podcast marketplace.

Nardini acknowledged that Barstool is interested in adding live sports rights. She’s even gone as far as adding the title ‘will work for sports rights’ to her Twitter profile to hammer home the point. Erika also addressed the rumors of Barstool and Major League Baseball having talks about the possibility of baseball games airing on Barstool’s platforms, and how the news of their conversations led to numerous critiques of the brand.

On the possibility of MLB becoming partners with Barstool, Nardini said, “part of it is I think Major League Baseball has historically been America’s pastime. It’s a very conservative league, an older skewing sport. To be honest, that’s why I think Major League Baseball needs platforms on the internet and people like Barstool Sports.”

Nardini wrapped up her thoughts by adding “unless they can find new addressable audiences, or new platforms to engage audiences, or new formats to engage those audiences with, they will not succeed long term.”

After listening to the interview it’s clear that Barstool’s CEO understands the importance of adaptability within the current landscape of the media industry.

For the past 25-30 years, the media industry as a whole has been constantly changing and evolving. Nardini believes that this ultimately means that companies, leagues, and individuals within this sector must prioritize being adaptable if they want to be successful in 2021.

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Michael Kay: Vin Scully Was ‘A Gift From The Gods’

“No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

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As sports media figures continue to mourn the passing of Vin Scully, Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay penned a special op-ed to Scully in The New York Post.

Kay noted the sheer length of Scully’s career — pointing out he announced games for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges just as he did for Clayton Kershaw — and how his style “transcended generations”.

“If you listen to how some called a game in the 50s, you can question if they would even be hired by today’s execs or, more importantly, accepted by today’s audience,” Kay said. “Scully was just as good and relevant in 2016 as he was in 1950. There is an incredible genius to that accomplishment.”

The two baseball broadcasters both graduated from Fordham University, which Kay said bonded them after they were introduced to one another in 1999 by Scully’s friend Keith Olbermann.

Kay also echoed a sentiment shared by many the day following Scully’s passing: that he was the greatest sports broadcaster of all time.

“In an era of hot takes where debate shows argue about the greatest this and the greatest that, there is no debate that Scully is simply the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived,” Kay definitively said. “No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

He later added Scully’s ability “was a gift from the Gods. A lovely, soft, easy voice and a disarming manner that made him sound like a friend and not an authority figure giving you the score.”

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NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt Will Host Podcast With Omaha Productions

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

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You’ll soon be able to hear NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on your favorite podcast platform.

Brandt, who co-hosts Good Morning Football, signed on with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions according to Adam Schefter.

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”

Caesars Sportsbook will be supply all betting lines for Brandt’s show. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.

Brandt’s show joins a lineup of six other podcasts originally announced back in June.

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DirecTV Strikes Deal with Amazon to Carry Thursday Night Football in Bars and Restaurants

. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so.

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This season, Thursday Night Football moves over to Amazon’s streaming service for the first time. That might be good for consumers at home, but that left a drastic issue still with bars and restaurants carrying the games.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Amazon has agreed to allow DirecTV co carry its games to bars and restaurants. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so. Some establishments that have upgraded their equipment recently have run into issues syncing the video to go to different televisions from the stream.

DirecTV is also entering its last season with NFL Sunday Ticket.

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