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Pat McAfee Didn’t Like Tone Of Media’s Confrontation With Gio Bernard

“That’s a human. That’s a human as well as a professional athlete.”

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A planned fake punt that went awry isn’t the only reason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but it certainly did not help. A video of the media questioning Gio Bernard, who did not realize the snap was coming to him on the play has gone viral, with many wondering if media members crossed a line. Pat McAfee tried to explain what he saw and also how players view those moments on his show on Tuesday.

McAfee said it is always an interesting dynamic for players when media are in the locker room. There is no good time to answer questions from the press after a loss.

“Just because we point out something is interesting from a player’s perspective doesn’t mean it should be abolished and eliminated,” he said. “We’re just saying if you step back and zoom out, it is a weird thing. It is a very weird thing.”

This is the first season that the media has had full locker room access since the end of the 2019 season. Pat McAfee wonders if that has changed the way the players think about their relationship with the people covering them.

“A lot of these guys in the NFL got very comfortable, I would assume. They’re used to not media coming into the locker room, because it is a weird thing.”

Giovanni Bernard is widely regarded as a nice guy. McAfee noted that he is a good football player too. There is no reason to think the guy doesn’t know what he is doing out there.

In the video, ESPN’s Jenna Lane and FOX’s Greg Auman can be heard pushing Bernard for answers and objecting to the idea that Bernard has been ignored. Auman even says “what have you done for us to talk to you about all year.”

Bernard eventually stopped and answered the media’s questions about what went wrong on the fake punt, but as Pat McAfee pointed out, he was “seething inside.”

“I’m happy they got the answer,” McAfee said. “I do believe in professional sports you do have to answer for your mistakes, so I do appreciate that they have him answer the question, but the tone, I think, is what has everyone saying ‘That’s a human. That’s a human as well as a professional athlete.’”

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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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