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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Floats Buying Naming Rights For Florida Panthers Arena

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The Florida Panthers currently play their games at FLA Live Arena, which is a generic name due to the fact that the arena doesn’t currently have a naming rights sponsor. The Dan Le Batard Show considered changing that Friday, by putting their own name on the building.

“Is FLA Live at thing that I didn’t know about already?,” producer Billy Gil asked,

“No, I think they just made up a name because they don’t have a sponsor,” Chris Wittyngham said.

“Wait. Hold on a second. Why don’t we make it Meadowlark Arena? They don’t have a sponsor. Why don’t we sponsor an arena? Take Tyler Van Dyke’s money — that was a waste of money, no offense — and give that to them and see if for like $25,000 grand, we could just name an arena after ourselves until they get an actual sponsor,” Gil concluded.

“Landshark did that for a little bit, right? It was Landshark Stadium. I think it was even like half a season because they had some deal with Jimmy Buffet and Landshark Beer where he was part owner or whatever of the team. Can we sponsor an arena until they get a proper name?”

“Are there any sportsbooks that sponsor arenas that you can think of?,” Jessica Smetana asked. “Because I feel like that might be the one type of business that a sports team doesn’t want to associate with.”

After a discussion about whether teams and arenas wanted to be in business with sportsbooks, Gil reiterated his idea.

“I was thinking like Meadowlark Arena,” he said. Or if you guys don’t want in, we could make it like Stupodity Stadium or God Bless Football Arena.”

“What should we name it? Because right now, whatever we offer is going to be better than the $0 that they’re making,” asked Jeremy Tache.

“My presumption is — and David Samson has talked about this — they didn’t put a sponsor on Marlins Park for awhile ’cause they were holding out for an amount of money,” Gil added. So I don’t think they’ll want to devalue their naming rights too much to where they’re giving it away for like $25,000 a game. But we could make a call.”

“You’ll get a call if you leave a generic message. ‘Hey, I’m interested in naming rights’. Of course they’re gonna call you back! They don’t have naming rights!,” Stugotz exclaimed. “Once we get around to $25,000, they’re gonna hang up the phone on us.”

Smetana then said they could offer $30,000 per game, which the crew decided was too far out of their price range.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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