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Dave Portnoy: Howard Stern Has Become A Hypocrite

“As Portnoy sees it, the King of All Media is no longer the dangerous outsider he used to be.”

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Dave Portnoy doesn’t want to hear from Howard Stern anymore. The Barstool Sports founder stuck up for podcast pioneer and powerhouse Joe Rogan recently after Stern mocked Rogan for taking Invermectin instead of just getting the Covid vaccine.

As Portnoy sees it, the King of All Media is no longer the dangerous outsider he used to be. Now, he has become more of a moralist and nag.

“From a side, he seems like he’s sort of become hypocritical,” Portnoy said on the latest episode of the Barstool podcast The Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Co. “He seems like somebody who slung it and would do anything and he’s quick now to wag his finger at you. He almost seems like he’d be wagging his finger at his younger self.”

Howard Stern took delight in roasting anti-vax talk radio hosts that ended up dying from Covid last month saying “F*** them, f*** their freedom”.

While the language has gotten more raw since Stern moved to satellite radio in 2006, it is clear that many of the bits that many of his long time fans remember and were recreated for the movie Private Parts are a thing of the past. Maybe that makes Stern a hypocrite. Maybe it just means he realizes at 67, he can’t do the same show he did at 47.

Eddie Farrar, Portnoy’s co-host, laments that Howard Stern is not as politically incorrect as he was in the 90s and early 2000s.

“He went that route and I think people were very upset because he could have been the one leading the charge against the whole PC bullsh*t,” he said.

Whether or not advocating for people to take the Covid vaccine is politically correct can be debated. Cheering the deaths of people who didn’t certainly is not.

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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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