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Michael Strahan: ‘Best Damn Sports Show Period’ Made Me Want Media Career

“I started doing Best Damn Sports Show Period out of fun, not thinking about a second career. But, then I started to realize this actually could be happening and it really happened when I was doing The Best Damn Sports Show Period.”

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Michael Strahan wasn’t always thinking about being in the media after his Hall-of-Fame playing career was over. However, there was one show that helped Strahan realize that it could actually be a reality for him.

On the latest episode of The Pivot Podcast with Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor, Strahan said he started doing guest hosting roles on shows for fun, but then he went on The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

“I literally would just do stuff because it was fun. Next thing you know, I did a Super Bowl for ABC one time on the main desk. I started doing Best Damn Sports Show Period out of fun, not thinking about a second career. But, then I started to realize this actually could be happening and it really happened when I was doing The Best Damn Sports Show Period.”

One of the things that Strahan thinks more people need to understand about broadcasting is that one particular person doesn’t make-or-break the show and sharing on a broadcast was something he learned while on The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

“That was like a training ground to me for live TV and for hosting and for sharing. It’s important to share. That’s what I think a lot of people don’t understand. They think it’s about me, I’m the star. Everyone can be a star. The show’s winning, we all winning…There’s so many people in the ecosystem of making you successful that If you think it’s about you, you’re a damn fool. For me, I truly have learned that it’s about teamwork. It’s about walking into the room and letting people know how important they are about everything.”

Strahan said he had a different mentality about the media while he was a player because he realized in order for the media to get their story, they needed him more than he needed them.

“I realized that they needed me to do their job. I hate to say it that way, but as an athlete, I needed my mentality to be you need me, I don’t need you, and you are telling me how to do my job. I used to say to them “the last time you put on a uniform was when your mom took you trick-or-treating”…It’s easy to write about something you’ve never done, but when you’ve done it, it gives you a greater appreciation about what it takes to get it done.”

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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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