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Dan Le Batard Says Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski Have Become Bigger Than ESPN

““Does it matter to you in any way that Brian Windhorst is doing that meme thing of pointing for 2.5 minutes because it would appear that there is a culture of fear at ESPN where it’s got to be the reporting is Woj’s. Woj is our lead guy. Everyone fears Woj.”

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On Wednesday’s edition of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, the topic that was discussed in the first hour of the program was about how sports news is broken by some of the top insiders in the business. This was in response to the feature that was done in The Washington Post about Adam Schefter.

During the segment, Le Batard mentioned that he believes there is a lot of fear at ESPN. Plus, he believes that both Schefter and Woj have become bigger than ESPN itself:

“Does it matter to you in any way that Brian Windhorst is doing that meme thing of pointing for 2.5 minutes because it would appear that there is a culture of fear at ESPN where it’s got to be the reporting is Woj’s. Woj is our lead guy. Everyone fears Woj. Everyone fears disappointing Woj. Everyone fears running askew of Woj’s sources or preventing Woj from doing his job correctly.”

“There is no disputing that however it is Schefter and Woj get their information, they’ve become bigger than the network. That power can be abused if indeed it’s so that everyone is fearing so much. Windhorst, there’s not a story like Windhorst in the history of ESPN. Windhorst has been great at his job for 20 years. He’s very careful about how he reports his news and he makes sure that he’s got the proper context on it.”

In fact, Le Batard also said that information in this day and age in journalism has become currency and it has allowed Woj and Shams Charania from The Athletic and Stadium to be the two people that are mostly associated with breaking NBA news:

“Information is a currency like we’ve never seen before in this realm where Shams and Woj and whether someone wins by 43 seconds makes them the only 2 guys you think of in this sphere because somehow Woj, who does his job in a way that I’ve never understood. I’ve marveled at how that man could be that good at the acquisition of information and have wondered how he does that?”

However, in the opinion of Stugotz, there are not many who care how the information pops up or who is the one that gets to break the news first, he just cares about the actual news itself:

“I just want the information. I don’t care how the sausage is made. Just give me the information that’s important to me and give it to me as quickly as possible. In fact, I don’t even care about how quickly you give it to me. I don’t do the thing oh Woj got to it first, Shams got to it first. When it shows up in my timeline, whoever sent it out sent it out. I’m not comparing the two and I think most people who care about sports and the information and don’t care about how these people get their information, that’s all they care about.”

With that being said, let’s just say Stugotz had strong feelings about Woj towards the end of the segment based on something he used to see while he was at ESPN:

I am tired of people being intimidated by you. I am tired of people being scared of you. I am tired of people walking around eggshells on the Bristol campus….You do not have a monopoly on NBA news. If other people want to report it, feel free to report it. I am tired and I felt this a bit when I was there of people walking on eggshells around Woj. They can’t report NBA news. Their jobs are to be reporters, to be journalists and they aren’t doing their jobs because Woj is getting in the way.”

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Dana White Calls ESPN Writer a “F—ing Scumbag”

“It wasn’t a serious interview,” White said. “It was a fun, f—ing edited piece…”

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UFC president Dana White did not hold back when talking about a recent piece by ESPN, which claimed in the story headline that White said fighters would not be getting pay raises.

White did an interview with GQ last week and answered a Twitter question about UFC fighter pay. He said fighters “get paid what they’re supposed to get paid. They eat what they kill. They get a percentage of the pay-per-view buys and money is spread out amongst all the fighters.”

White prefaced those words by saying boxing is not what it used to be on account of money and other issues. “It’s never gonna happen while I’m here,” he said, which was meant to be interpreted that he would never allow pay to force the UFC to become like boxing.

“Do you think I’m going to sit here and say, ‘Fighter pay will never go up while I’m here.’ That’s the dumbest f—ing thing I’ve ever heard,” White told Yahoo Sports. “And do you know how stupid you have to be to think that’s what I said in that interview when I was talking about boxing?”

White was fired up mainly because ESPN took words he said in what was supposed to be a fun and light interview with GQ and made it out like White is .

“It wasn’t a serious interview,” White said. “It was a fun, f—ing edited piece, and ESPN, the leader in sports, is going to write a story on fighter pay based off that f—ing video? Give me a f—ing break.”

Marc Raimondi, who covers MMA for ESPN, wrote the article in question. White didn’t know that, but he made it clear he was pissed off about the piece.

“I didn’t see the story,” White said. “I don’t even know who wrote it, but you’re not a journalist. You’re a f—ing scumbag.”

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Tim Brando: Fox Has Been ‘So Good To Me’

“FOX actually asked me ‘Hey Tim, is there anybody you’d like to have with you’. I said yes, Spencer’s contract is up over at CBS and they went out and hired him.”

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Legendary play-by-play broadcaster Tim Brando has had one of the rare distinctions of working at ESPN, CBS, and FOX. He also has had the chance to work with the same partner at two different networks, which is not something that is very common.

Brando was a guest on the Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre podcast on Wednesday. During the segment, Brando talked about how when Joel Klatt moved up to the lead broadcast booth on FOX’s college football coverage in 2015, the network asked Brando who he wanted with him in the booth. His answer was to go bring in someone else he was very familiar with at CBS before FOX hired him in 2014, Spencer Tillman.

“When Joel moved up to work with Gus, FOX actually asked me ‘Hey Tim, is there anybody you’d like to have with you’. I said yes, Spencer’s contract is up over at CBS and they went out and hired him.”

Brando worked with Tillman calling college football games on CBS and in studio shows as well. This year, the two of them will begin their 24th year working together in some capacity over the last 25 years, which is quite the accomplishment.

When FOX called Brando to join their team in 2014 after CBS let him go, he was excited for another opportunity and he saw the vision and the growing college football coverage that the network was planning.

“In so many ways, FOX has been so good for me. When I left CBS abruptly back in 2014, I think a lot of people including me thought Oh gosh, I think I’ve earned enough checkmarks that I should land with a good parachute at a good place.

“I was a free agent for about 8-9 months. When FOX called, I was so excited. Their portfolio was growing, but it wasn’t nearly what it is today. They were visionary. I think they were thinking we are going to grow our college football portfolio. We need more people. We need to add some greater depth. Maybe some people that have a little more understanding of the history of the game. It’s not always popular for a young television executive to hire a 58-year-old guy that has worked at 3 different networks, but FOX did and I really owe them a lot.”

Brando definitely brings that to any college football game that he calls and he will begin his 9th season at FOX this year in addition to the college basketball game he broadcasts as well. 

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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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