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NFL Limits The Pat McAfee Show’s Logo Usage

“We can still run highlights and we can still run plays, because we paid — not one, not two, not three — over $4 million to be able to do as such.”

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The Pat McAfee Show has apparently been told to shy away from using NFL logos for the time being.

As he began the show Monday, McAfee commented that the show’s graphics would look slightly different than viewers had come to expect, because of a recent decision by the league.

“The Professional American Football League will finish its eighth week of its riveting primetime schedule as the Cincinnati football club travels to Cleveland to take on Cleveland’s football club,” McAfee said, as he avoided using any trademarks held by the National Football League. “And a lot of people may be asking ‘Pat, on this particular Halloween, why are you talking the way that you’re talking about the league that you’ve talked about the last three years?’. Well, the reason that I’m doing so is because even though we currently have a rights deal with NFL Films that costs us MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of dollars, we have been informed this morning that we are no longer allowed to use any of their logos on any of our graphics.”

“We can still run highlights and we can still run plays, because we paid — not one, not two, not three — over $4 million to be able to do as such, but we got word this morning…not allowed to use any logos on any graphics,” McAfee said of the show’s deal with NFL Films. “It’s been great doing business with you, I’m happy we have covered your league in the way that we have for the last few years. I am appreciative of the league and everything its done.”

He then sarcastically threatened to discuss things pertaining to the NFL that he has avoided in the past.

“I don’t think that we touched on many subjects we could have dabbled into,” McAfee said. “I think we’ll do that this offseason, for sure. We’ll talk a lot of things I know about — and my friends know a lot about — like insurance, and CTE, and concussions, and everything like that. I think we can find some people to chat about what the NFL should be held accountable for and what they shouldn’t be held accountable for. Because I thought the entire deal with the NFL — the Professional American Football League, I am so sorry — that I wanted to get involved with was making the game celebrated.”

To compensate for the lack of NFL logos, the show featured hand drawn cartoons of Joe Burrow, Trey Hendrickson, Nick Chubb, and Myles Garrett to promote tonight’s Monday Night Football broadcast.

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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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