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Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner Partner with Meadowlark Media In Content Venture

New Amendment will have a first-look deal with Meadowlark to develop, produce, and distribute content.

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Meadowlark Media is adding to its podcast catalog, partnering with NBA players Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner for a new content venture called New Amendment.

The first project from New Amendment will be a podcast titled Point Forward, which debuts March 8 on major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Co-hosted by Iguodala and Turner, the weekly podcast will feature the longtime friends and former teammates on the Philadelphia 76ers providing their views and insights on a variety of topics, including sports headlines, tech innovations, internet memes, and book reviews. The two will interview athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians, and authors on the chosen subject.

“My mind is with Evan’s mind and we think similarly,” said Iguodala in Meadowlark’s announcement. “The focus of the Point Forward narrative is to expand the conversation beyond basketball. Partnering with Meadowlark allows us a creative space to own and do just that.” 

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The first episode, now available, discusses Kyrie Irving’s impact and how many true superstars there are in the NBA and athletes taking Bitcoin salaries, with Iguodala’s Golden State Warriors teammate Steph Curry joining the show to talk about his career.

“Andre is like my big brother,” Turner added. “On Point Forward, we are allowed to speak our minds and break everything down.  We will be adding new perspectives to the usual athlete conversation.”

Under the partnership with Meadowlark, Iguodala and Turner will have a first-look deal to develop, produce, and distribute content. It’s the same sort of arrangement Backstage Media, headed by John Marvel and Mike Silver, has with the company.

Meadowlark today announced a joint venture with Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner to co-develop entertainment projects under the banner New Amendment. The team will debut its first project, Point Forward, a podcast co-hosted by the former Philadelphia 76ers teammates and longtime friends. Under this model, Iguodala and Turner will have a first-look with Meadowlark to develop, produce and distribute content.

Point Forward will be produced by Carl Scott, Meadowlark Media’s executive director of audio.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to work with Andre and Evan on building this podcast,” said Scott. “We recognize the power athletes wield in controlling their own narratives and wanted to create a model in which we could provide a platform for their voices and the opportunity to fulfill their creative ambitions.” 

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NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Launching Podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Dirty Mo Media

“New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media has announced a podcast deal with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin will host Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin on a weekly basis during the NASCAR season. The Actions Detrimental branding is verbiage used by NASCAR for fines assessed to drivers for their disparaging comments about the sport. Known as one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Hamlin has been fined several times under the “actions detrimental to stock car racing” statutes.

New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.

Denny Hamlin jokingly thanked Dirty Mo Media for the “opportunity and the fat check” the company wrote for him to host the podcast in a Twitter announcement.

The 42-year-old Hamlin has won 48 races during his 18-year NASCAR Cup Series career. In addition to serving as a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he co-owns 23XI Racing with basketball legend Michael Jordan.

The podcast is the latest in an expansion of content produced by the Mooresville, North Carolina-based digital outlet. After beginning with The Dale Jr. Download, the company has grown to include other podcasts like Door, Bumper, Clear, and Speed Street, as well as video projects like The Next Level.

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Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts

“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.

“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”

The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.

Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.

“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”

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Fanatics to Open First Sportsbook Inside FedEx Field

“The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.”

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Sports licensing giant Fanatics will soon be launching its long-anticipated sportsbook.

The company will open up a physical sportsbook location in Maryland at FedEx Field on January 20. Fanatics has also been granted a license to operate in Massachusetts, tethered to Plainridge Park Casino.

The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium. Bettors in the DMV will now be able to place wagers at all their local teams’ venues, as William Hill has an on-site location at Capital One Arena – home of the Capitals and Wizards – and BetMGM has a space at Nationals Park in D.C.

Despite having a physical location at FedEx Field, bettors in Maryland will not be able to place mobile wagers through a Fanatics Sportsbook app.

According to Front Office Sports, Fanatics hopes to have the sportsbook up and running in some fashion in all states where legal by September.

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