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Bomani Jones Trying To Make Late-Night Sports Show Work On HBO’s ‘Game Theory’

“You are making content as much as anything else for people to love… I want to make a show that people who are into it can love.”

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Starting next month, Bomani Jones will have a new show on HBO called Game Theory With Bomani Jones that will be a weekly program diving into the big issues in sports. It will be a late-night show and Jones knows that late-night shows that are about sports can be a challenge.

Jones was a guest on the Real Ones with Raja + Logan podcast on The Ringer NBA Show and mentioned that doing this show will be a challenge because no one has figured out how to make a late-night sports show work yet:

It hasn’t evolved in sports because nobody has figured out how to do this in sports,” Jones explained. “If there’s anything I would say that’s probably the most challenging thing about this is we are trying to make a format work that as far as I can tell, nobody has been able to make work.”

One thing that Jones thinks will have the content click with the viewers is that there will be no studio audience for his show and it will allow him to take more chances with the content he produces:

“Part of doing a show that has a studio audience for late-night, what you wind up with in large part is things that are done to set it up so that the people in the audience will laugh and tell the people at home that they are supposed to laugh,” Jones said. “This isn’t going to be that.”

“People are going to have to buy in. That, I think, is the biggest difference, which also allows you to take a few more chances because you aren’t trying to make content for people who kinda like you or for people who don’t care about you. You are making content as much as anything else for people to love… I want to make a show that people who are into it can love.”

In terms of what kind of guests will be on the show, Jones mentioned he is going to take some things from when he was a part of Highly Questionable on ESPN. One of them is knowing that even if the guest may not have the strongest connection to sports, he or she can still bring a fun topic to talk about to the table:

“The approach on guests and interviews for me is going to be informed by the time I spent doing Highly Questionable,” Jones said. “It was a sports show, but if somebody’s got something cool to talk about, it doesn’t really matter. Their connection with sports can be tenuous at best if they are good, if they’ve got something interesting and fascinating to talk about.” 

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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