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Mike Golic Jr: You Feel Like ‘A Product Of The Machine’ At ESPN

“It was a hard decision, but one of those where I just looked and said ‘when am I going to have an opportunity to maybe go and get in on the ground floor of something, go and actually build and create something?'”

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Last week, it was announced that Mike Golic Jr. will be co-hosting a daily podcast for DraftKings called GoJo with one of his former teammates at Notre Dame, Brandon Newman. The first episode of the show launched on May 2. 

Recently, Golic Jr. was on The Dan LeBatard Show with StuGotz and he asked why he decided to join DraftKings.

“I think for me, it was the right time, right opportunity. I had seen what the partnership with DraftKings had done with you guys. I had seen that this was starting to bear legitimate fruit. They came through with the right amount of time and money to be honest, that always helps. There’s an opportunity here for maybe a little better work-life balance. There’s an opportunity here to do something that’s got more flexibility both creatively and schedule-wise.” 

Golic made it clear that he does not have any ill will towards ESPN. However, he did say that he was interested in creating his own content and identity outside of Bristol.

“I didn’t leave with a bad taste in my mouth at ESPN. Obviously, there’s the stuff relative to dad that will always tick me off a bit. In my case, I know what that place did for me and the opportunities it was affording me. It was a hard decision, but one of those where I just looked and said ‘when am I going to have an opportunity to maybe go and get in on the ground floor of something, go and actually build and create something?’

“Inside the four letters, with very few exceptions, for the most part you end up feeling kind of like a product of the machine. You’re never quite sure how much does someone enjoy me, how much does someone just enjoy the safety and security that ESPN and the four letters provide? If not now, then when?”

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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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Pat McAfee Teases Major New Partnership

“We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing.”

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Up to something season has returned for Pat McAfee.

McAfee has routinely used that phrasing to tease viewers and listeners about major dealings in the works, and on Wednesday he said something big is coming down the pike.

“We’re up to something,” McAfee said. “We got a big partnership coming up. It’s big. We haven’t even chatted about this at all. That’s how much we’ve evolved.”

Pat continued about how the show has matured, saying he was proud they waited until this late in the game to even bring up the fact they’ve got a new deal to announce.

“If this conversation had taken place three years ago, the announcement we’re about to make, it would’ve been two weeks worth of the show,” he said. “Every single segment would’ve been brought back to oh something’s coming, something’s coming, something’s coming.”

“That is changing quickly in a big way,” he added.

McAfee noted that being on the road in Los Angeles for the college football national championship has made the reaction to the new partnership somewhat subdued.

“I should be more excited,” he said. “We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing. We’ve been working on this for a couple years now. Good for us, dude.”

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