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Rich Eisen Nearly Returned to ESPN

“That’s as far as I’ll go. I don’t know why it didn’t happen. I was ready to go for this show. Potentially both TV and radio, same time.”

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While Rich Eisen has not been at ESPN since 2003, there was apparently a time where he almost brought The Rich Eisen Show to ESPN, which would have pleased a lot of people that grew up watching him and Stuart Scott on the late night SportsCenter.

Eisen was a guest on the most recent episode of The Ariel Helwani Show and he mentioned that he was ready to take the show to ESPN on two different platforms at the same time (12 Noon-3 PM ET) as his show recently announced it will leave Peacock for Roku. He would not say when those talks took place.

“That’s as far as I’ll go. I don’t know why it didn’t happen. I was ready to go for this show. Potentially both TV and radio, same time.”

Despite that not happening, Eisen holds no ill will towards ESPN and loves all the people that are there.

“I have no animosity at all. I love that place. I love the people there. My children exist because I met my wife there. I watch it all the time. The number of guests I have on the show who I used to work with or still work there. I have no problems at all with my relationship with ESPN.”

While people still go up to Eisen and mention to him that they loved watching him on SportsCenter, he is not mad that ESPN is still associated with him and he mentioned to Helwani that he enjoys connecting with a different generation.

“When I hear the SportsCenter theme hummed to me in the airport as happened about a month ago or people call me that they watched me at ESPN and I inform them it’s been 19 years, they’ll apologize thinking they’ve offended me, but it doesn’t offend me at all. I just love the fact that I have a connection to a whole different generation than my age. That’s a treasure. It really is.”

Eisen has enjoyed hosting his own radio show and he told Helwani that having a show allows him to do two different things that he is unable to do at NFL Network and was unable to do while he was at ESPN.

“My dream jobs were to be a sportscaster or late night TV show host. I got to combine both here. This allows me to stretch my legs and interview people for an extended period of time as opposed to hosting a show where I’m setting up my analysts and then 3 minutes into a terrific conversation, I hear in my ear, move on. The other thing I love about this program is when I do what I do for a living on NFL Network or what I did at ESPN as rewarding and incredible as that is, the one thing you don’t get to do on a show like that is talk to fans. Talk to people. I take phone calls and I meet people. I talk with them. I hear that opinion and mix it up with them.”

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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