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Amin Elhassan: Reporters Don’t Care About Going Viral

“We’re here to do our jobs which is to cover the games, ask the questions, analyze what’s happening, try to figure out what’s next – move the story forward.”

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Much has been made of Kyrie Irving’s recent tweet about an antisemitic film as well as his exchange with ESPN NBA reporter Nick Friedell.

Irving pushed back at Friedell in a recent press conference, claiming the ESPN reporter was fishing for a reaction to go viral.

On The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Amin Elhassan made it clear beat reporters are just trying to do what they’re paid to do.

“Listen to me now. Listeners, people who are gonna watch this clip cause it might go viral, we don’t give a f— about this shit,” he said. “We’re here to do our jobs which is to cover the games, ask the questions, analyze what’s happening, try to figure out what’s next – move the story forward.”

Le Batard spoke about Irving trying to flip the script on the media as part of a wider hatred for those who work in media.

“I understand why they look down at reporters, and that part of it seems worse than it’s ever been,” he said. “The disdain that they have.”

But Elhassan added that part of the growing problem that the general public and athletes have for reporters is the fact that the people that are actually on the ground every day, writing or talking about what they see, are casually lumped into the same boat as columnists and personalities who editorialize and share opinion.

“It’s not the same, and the problem there is that Kyrie is not the only one who believes that,” Elhassan said. “And it’s not just the athletes who believe that. By and large I see it all the time in comments and stuff like that. People consuming the sport — who are consuming the content — truly do not distinguish at all — not one iota — that there’s a difference between the talking heads on television programs that are done by generalists.”

Amin further illustrated that point talking about how guys like Skip Bayless and other debate show hosts don’t cover teams and sports from the same vantage point that beat reporters do.

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    Dale Moog

    November 4, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Maybe he is like this, but I 100% disagree that is is EVERYONE. He lost all cred by making a blanket statement he can NOT back up. Do not put your opinion out and claim it is the opinion of everyone. This is another example of someone claiming to be an expert and not having a clue about the general topic they claim to be an expert on.

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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network

“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”

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Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.

“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”

Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.

“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’

“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.

In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.

The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”

He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO

“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

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Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).

DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.

Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.

“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”

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