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Mike Francesa: A ‘Mike And The Mad Dog’ Alternate Broadcast Would Be A Home Run

“You put Dog and I in a room and put the cameras on? It would be hilarious. If you’re asking me who I’d do it with, I’d rather do it with him than someone else.”

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Alternate broadcasts seem to be all the rage in sports television circles, and Mike Francesa thinks he would be great at one.

During The Mike Francesa Podcast Friday, the former WFAN host was asked if he liked alternate broadcasts and if he would ever do one. The Sports Pope said he would be interested and would be open to partnering with his former co-host — Chris “Mad Dog” Russo — on the assignment.

“Would I like to comment on the game on a different vehicle and I’m not on the game? Yes, I think I’d be great at that,” Francesa admitted. “I think if you put Dog in a room would be a home run show. I don’t know that anyone would ever do it, or think of it, but I think if you had a big event and you put Dog and I in a room, and put the cameras on? It would be hilarious.

“If you’re asking me who I’d do it with, I’d rather do it with him than someone else. I think I’d be very good at it, but I don’t know that it’s ever gonna happen. I really haven’t given it much thought.”

Francesa’s comments came after he admitted he wasn’t completely sold on the idea of alternate broadcasts when the concept first debuted.

“It’s a very — to me — double edged sword,” Francesa said. “I understand the idea now is give everybody whatever they want to watch and they’ll pick what they want. Don’t try to dominate a time period. Now, in my mind, I always tried to dominate a time period. That’s what I believed in, that’s what I grew up with in TV, and that’s what I grew up with in radio. It’s changed.

“Now, it’s ‘Hey, we’re gonna give everybody everything and see where they go’. Drawing eyes away from the game itself is almost hard to understand when you think about it and you’ve been brought up thinking about. The idea was to promote the game and have the ‘cast enhanced and get everybody’s eyeballs to that. Now they’re basically telling you, sending you away.”

The Manningcast is the most popular alternate broadcast, and Francesa added Peyton Manning has the opportunity to become a media mogul if he chooses.

“Listen, Peyton Manning has become an extraordinary media vehicle. He is a machine. He can do no wrong. Everything he touches turns to gold. He’s great on television, he’s great on commercials, he’s great hosting big events. I mean, the guy’s got a career. He’s got the whole world. He could become a Senator, he could become the next commissioner, he could do whatever he wants. He could become an NFL, anything he wants. His second act is gonna be bigger than his first. People aren’t even gonna remember Peyton as a player, and he was a great player. But I don’t know if this is the way to go.”

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Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts

“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.

“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”

The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.

Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.

“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”

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Fanatics to Open First Sportsbook Inside FedEx Field

“The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.”

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Sports licensing giant Fanatics will soon be launching its long-anticipated sportsbook.

The company will open up a physical sportsbook location in Maryland at FedEx Field on January 20. Fanatics has also been granted a license to operate in Massachusetts, tethered to Plainridge Park Casino.

The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium. Bettors in the DMV will now be able to place wagers at all their local teams’ venues, as William Hill has an on-site location at Capital One Arena – home of the Capitals and Wizards – and BetMGM has a space at Nationals Park in D.C.

Despite having a physical location at FedEx Field, bettors in Maryland will not be able to place mobile wagers through a Fanatics Sportsbook app.

According to Front Office Sports, Fanatics hopes to have the sportsbook up and running in some fashion in all states where legal by September.

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Pat McAfee Teases Major New Partnership

“We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing.”

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Up to something season has returned for Pat McAfee.

McAfee has routinely used that phrasing to tease viewers and listeners about major dealings in the works, and on Wednesday he said something big is coming down the pike.

“We’re up to something,” McAfee said. “We got a big partnership coming up. It’s big. We haven’t even chatted about this at all. That’s how much we’ve evolved.”

Pat continued about how the show has matured, saying he was proud they waited until this late in the game to even bring up the fact they’ve got a new deal to announce.

“If this conversation had taken place three years ago, the announcement we’re about to make, it would’ve been two weeks worth of the show,” he said. “Every single segment would’ve been brought back to oh something’s coming, something’s coming, something’s coming.”

“That is changing quickly in a big way,” he added.

McAfee noted that being on the road in Los Angeles for the college football national championship has made the reaction to the new partnership somewhat subdued.

“I should be more excited,” he said. “We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing. We’ve been working on this for a couple years now. Good for us, dude.”

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