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San Diego State AD: Staff Objects To Barstool Association With Arizona Bowl

“The Arizona Bowl holds the game in Tucson, AZ, not far from SDSU’s campus.”

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The San Diego State Aztecs have an outside chance to appear in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl, and several staffers are not pleased about it. Athletic Director John David Wicker told The San Diego Union-Tribune that workers in the department voiced opposition against playing in the bowl.

The Aztecs football team won 23-21 against Nevada on Saturday, putting them in the driver’s seat to appear in the Mountain West Championship game. If they win that contest in three weeks, they’ll go to the inaugural Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl. Should they lose, the Arizona Bowl could come calling.

The Arizona Bowl is played in Tucson, not far from SDSU’s campus. Fans can easily make the short drive over from San Diego. Pair that with the fact that SDSU has never appeared in the game, and the Aztecs are a viable candidate.

“I would say that what they purport to be and who we are, are two very different things,” Wicker told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We’ll work with the conference to be in the appropriate place.

“We’ve definitely had some staff people that have voiced their very strong opinion that they do not in any way, shape or form appreciate what Barstool is. The way they talk about women and things like that. I would definitely have to agree with a lot of their sentiments.”

Barstool founder Dave Portnoy has been fighting against a scathing Business Insider article over the past two weeks.

“I can’t make a comment on a hypothetical at this point,” Wicker said when asked if his school would refuse to play in the Arizona Bowl. “So we’ll work through it as we get to it. The big thing is making sure we take care of our kids on the field and get them the opportunity appropriately and we’ll see where that goes.”

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Julian Edelman Launches ‘Games With Names’ Podcast

The podcast, which will debut August 23rd, will relive the most iconic games in sports history, hence the Games with Names moniker.

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Former NFL wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has teamed up with comedian Sam Morril to launch the Games with Names podcast.

The podcast, which will debut August 23rd, will relive the most iconic games in sports history, hence the Games with Names moniker.

“Everyone’s always talking about who the GOAT is, but Sam and I are looking for the GOAG: The Greatest of all Games,” Edelman said.

Edelman, who retired from the NFL in 2020, has already worked elsewhere in sports media. He joined the cast of Inside the NFL on Paramount+ last season.

Meanwhile, Morril was excited to get the opportunity to work with Edelman.

“Julian Edelman is a three-time Super Bowl Champion and I just got 10,000 airline miles complaining that my in flight TV didn’t work,” said Morril. “We both know how to get things done, and it was only a matter of time before we joined forces.”

The podcast will be presented by WynnBET.

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Colin Cowherd Adds Madden Streamer Brady Mays to The Volume

Cowherd added that Mays, 25, brings a different level of content to the table.

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Colin Cowherd once had very strong feelings about video games and esports, but apparently his mindset has changed. It’s changed so much so that Cowherd has brought on a popular Madden NFL streamer to his digital company The Volume.

Brady “Mayz” Mays has made a name for himself on YouTube streaming himself playing the popular video game. According to Yahoo, Mays channel amassed upwards of 100,000 subscribers.

“I’ve had a total change of heart,” Cowherd said in an email to Sportico. “That business is so lucrative that parents these days might be telling their kids to STOP playing outside and go inside and play some video games.”

Cowherd added that Mays, 25, brings a different level of content to the table, and that was what drew their interest in the streamer.

“At The Volume, we comb the internet for people who cut through within a specific genre,” Cowherd said. “We wanted to find a unique talent in esports, starting with Madden, and at every turn, someone on the internet was pointing to Mayz.”

“I’m excited to bring a new, innovative style of content to the table,” Mays added. “Partnering with Colin and The Volume is a testament to the growth and legitimacy of the gaming industry today.”

Mays will be the first person hired by The Volume to stream on Twitch. The newest edition of the EA Sports Madden NFL franchise drops later this week.

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Amazon Tells Thursday Night Football Advertisers Not to Expect TV Ratings Numbers

Amazon is reportedly getting out in front of potentially lower ratings for coverage of the games than on traditional TV.

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The clock is ticking down until Amazon Prime Video begins its run as the home for Thursday Night Football.

But with the shift to streaming, Amazon is reportedly getting out in front of potentially lower ratings for coverage of the games than on traditional TV.

According to Ad Age, the tech giant is anticipating 12.5 million viewers tuning in each week. Last season when the games aired on FOX, the audience peaked at 20 million.

So to help curb concerns from advertisers concerning lower viewership, Amazon is reportedly working with those brands and companies to leverage their NFL ad buys into broader e-commerce ads.

Ad Age reports the price of ad time on Thursdays on Amazon has also decreased compared to what they were going for with FOX. Amazon has asked in the ballpark of $500,000 for a 30-second spot, where FOX ads had an average price of $635,439.

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