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Dan Le Batard: Dana White Is What He Pretends To Hate

“You are The Establishment now.”

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Dan Le Batard has been known in the past to not be the biggest fan of UFC President Dana White. The two have gone back and forth over the years over mostly fighter pay, which Le Batard has criticized heavily.

Le Batard replied on a post from MMA news website Bloody Elbow that was about White telling UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou that “If you don’t want to be with us, no problem.”

“The courageous are too disposable when you’ve gone this corporate, everyone from the broke to the best. Like many of its combatants, this gritty sport rose from nothing as an underdog. But you’ve become what you pretend to abhor, @danawhite. You are The Establishment now,” said Le Batard to White on Twitter.

White has had contractual issues with Ngannou for a while now, with the UFC Champion asking for more money and benefits on his deal in the future.

Dan Le Batard has admitted that in the past, he really enjoyed MMA and the UFC. He has been critical of several entities in recent years in addition to White. Specifically, Le Batard has called out the about-face ESPN did on the UFC once the opportunity to obtain the promotion’s media rights became available.

It is clear that White is not Le Batard’s biggest fan either, as he called the host a loudmouth when there were rumors that the two would have an exhibition boxing match for charity back in 2020.

We’ll see if Dana decides to respond to what Dan Le Batard had to say this time, but chances are Dana will try and avoid the whole fighter pay discussion like he usually does.

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BetMGM Agrees to Become Exclusive Sportsbook of the The BetQL Network

The partnership is an exclusive multi-year agreement that significantly expands the current relationship between BetMGM and Audacy. The BetQL Network launched in June of 2021 and has expanded from two markets to 31 markets.

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On Monday, a partnership between BetMGM and The BetQL Network was made official. It was announced that BetMGM will become the exclusive sportsbook of the network, owned by Audacy.

The partnership is an exclusive multi-year agreement that significantly expands the current relationship between BetMGM and Audacy. The BetQL Network launched in June of 2021 and has expanded from two markets to 31 markets.

“We are delighted to expand our strategic partnership with BetMGM, highlighted by their new exclusive position with the BetQL Network,” said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Audacy. “Barely a year old, the BetQL Network has a bright future ahead of it as legalized sports betting continues to expand over the next decade.”

BetMGM will have category exclusivity of the network’s full slate of programming, including flagship program You Better You Bet, commencing in September.

BetQL Network’s weekly lineup will distribute approximately 100 hours of original content per week on the Audacy and BetQL digital platforms. Audacy will also produce content for live audiences at various MGM Resorts across the country who will host the network inside of BetMGM sportsbooks.

“We’re excited to further our strategic partnership with Audacy and to bring our market-leading sports betting and gaming entertainment content to millions of listeners nationwide across the entire BetQL Network platform,” said Matt Prevost, Chief Revenue Officer, BetMGM.

BetMGM hasn’t been shy in attempting to increase their market share. They announced earlier this month that they have partnered with Carnival to offer sports betting on select cruises ships.

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Aqib Talib, Andrew Whitworth Expected To Join Amazon’s Thursday Night Football

Talib and Whitworth are expected to be a part of the studio team but will not be analysts as the desk. They will contribute in other portions of the Amazon studio and produce other NFL content.

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Aqib Talib and Andrew Whitworth

The roster is continuing to load up for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football broadcasts. Two more recent retirees are expected to be a part of the games’ coverage. Aqib Talib and Andrew Whitworth are the two former players expected to sign on soon.

Talib and Whitworth are expected to be a part of the studio team but will not be analysts as the desk. They will contribute in other portions of the Amazon studio and produce other NFL content.

An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment.

Talib retired in 2019 after his last season with the Los Angeles Rams. Whitworth retired after this past season after winning the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams.

So far, the reported crew is Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth, Charissa Thompson (reported, not confirmed) to host the “studio” desk, Tony Gonzalez will be on the desk as well as will Richard Sherman and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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Kendrick Perkins’ Media Career Happened By Accident

“I was the only person that ever did First Take and Undisputed in one day.”

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You never know what can happen once you post something on social media. For Kendrick Perkins, he was tweeting his thoughts on NBA games after his 14-year career came to an end. He never had an interest in being in the media or on television, but tweeting ended up getting him noticed.

On the latest episode of The Old Man and the Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter podcast, Perkins was a guest and said that his rise in media did not happen on purpose:

“It happened by accident. You know how they have those classes you can take in the summer while you are playing? I never took those. I never had interest in being on TV or in the media, but I always respected the media as a player.”

“All of a sudden, I get a DM on Twitter from a producer from Undisputed that said ‘Hey Perk, would you be interested in coming on Undisputed with Skip and Shannon? Hell yeah…I go down and I do Undisputed and they wanted me to stay an extra day,”

“They reached back out and were like hey, would you be interested in doing the remainder of the playoffs? I started off hot. I was right about everything, making bold predictions. Then, ESPN sent me a DM, hey do you want to come do the car wash in Bristol? My career all started on Twitter.”

Once Perkins was on ESPN, he remembered the first time he was on Get Up and a viral take he gave had the network ask him to come back:

“I go to Bristol and I remember my first time on Get Up, I go on and say Kawhi Leonard mimics Michael Jordan and the s**t went viral. All of a sudden, ESPN started calling me back.”

“I’m falling in love with TV. They are loving me. I was the only person that ever did First Take and Undisputed in one day. First Take was like we can’t have that no more. We are just going to lock you in for the remainder of the playoffs.”

Perkins and Redick got into a conversation about how they criticize current players since some players in the league used to be their teammates. Perkins has no problem doing it because he views himself as the same guy that he was when he was his locker room:

“The same Perk you see on TV is the same guy that I was in the locker room. I would say the same thing as far as holding them accountable….You have to be yourself. Don’t come into this media space trying to be something that you are not.

The two of them also took the listener a little bit inside the curtain of First Take and Perkins mentioned he was asked to give a particular take during the 2021 NBA Finals:

“Doing First Take, you know it’s a debate show. When you are prepping for it, it’s all about where you disagree at to make great TV. Sometimes, I may play devil’s advocate. Last year, the Suns jumped on the Bucks, 2-0. I’m getting ready to go on First Take the next morning and they like hey Perk, would you sit up here and say the Suns are on the verge of being a dynasty? People still bring that up to this day.”

“What people don’t realize, good and bad engagement is what the head people at ESPN want. Even if you engage with the content and you may say look at this clown with this BS take, they want that.”

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