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George Wrighster, Doug Gottlieb Bring New Podcasts To iHeart

“All three of these shows bolster the growing options from the iHeartPodcast Network.”

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Fox Sports radio hosts George Wrighster and Doug Gottlieb are offering fresh content to iHeartPodcast Network listeners. Wrighster is bringing his two podcasts, Wrighster or Wrong and Pac-12 Apostles, to the network. 

Gottlieb and Wrighster partnered to bring the KJ Live show to iHeart Media as well. Former UCLA Bruins basketball player Kris Johnson hosts the show, and it will run in the same release feed as All Ball with Doug Gottlieb.

“I’m extremely excited and blessed to be joining the iHeartPodcast Network,” Wrighster shared in a press release. “Our family of podcasts will add fearless, quality content and entertainment for the listeners. Buckle up. The ride will be fun.”

Wrighster played tight end in the NFL for six seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants. He now hosts on Fox Sports Radio from 5-8 p.m. ET every weekend. He is also a motivational speaker focusing on mental health awareness for military veterans. Wrighster hosts both of the podcasts with the publisher of ArizonaVarsity.com, Ralph Amsden.

Johnson played at UCLA from 1994 to 1998 and has done work for Spectrum SportsNet, Fox Sports, and ESPN. He is in the early days of the KJ Live experience, having started the show in February of this year.

“Partnering with Doug Gottlieb and George Wrighster gives me the opportunity to expand my audience through the iHeartPodcast Network,” said Johnson. “I’m excited to introduce new voices in both sports and entertainment to the platform.”

Johnson and his father, Marques, are still the only father/son duo in college basketball history to win a national championship at the same school. Kris won as a freshman in 1995, and Marques captured glory in 1975, the 10th and final title of John Wooden’s career.

All three of these podcasts bolster the growing options from the iHeartPodcast Network.

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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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