FOX Sports Radio and FS1 host Colin Cowherd has announced the launch of The Herd Podcast Network. Debuting on iHeartRadio and other podcast platforms tomorrow, February 28th, the new network will feature Cowherd’s daily and weekly podcasts, which generated nearly 100 million downloads in the past year, as well as other podcasts hand-picked and curated by Cowherd.
One of those additions is 3 and Out with John Middlekauff. The new weekly program debuts this week with special coverage from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Middlekauff will offer his unfiltered opinions and perspectives on the top stories in the NFL and college football. The Bay Area football analyst writes for The Athletic and makes appearances on the Pac-12 Network and NBC Sports Bay Area. He has hosted radio programs in San Francisco for 95.7 The Game and KNBR in addition to co-hosting the popular Haberman and Middlekauff podcast. His career history includes a stint as an NFL scout for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Doug Gottlieb, host of FOX Sports Radio’s weekday afternoon program The Doug Gottlieb Show, is also entering the podcast space. Gottlieb will host a college basketball and NBA podcast starting in March. More details about the two new podcasts will be announced soon.
“I’ve said it before – I’ve chosen to work with the best people in the industry and I couldn’t be more excited about this new venture with Premiere Networks and Red Seat Ventures,” said Cowherd. “This is a unique opportunity for The Herd audience to dive deeper into the sports they crave. If you like what we do on our show, you will like what John, Doug and the other podcast hosts bring to the table. I’m incredibly lucky to launch this platform for the fans whenever and wherever they happen to be listening.”
“When Colin asked me to be a part of this, I could not have said ‘yes’ fast enough,” said Middlekauff. “This is a great opportunity for me to talk about a sport I have spent my whole career working in. Colin’s audience is passionate and loyal, and I hope to deliver the insight and thought-provoking opinions they have come to expect from Colin and his brand. I’m excited to be a part of The Herd Podcast Network and look forward to delivering a great podcast every week on 3 and Out.”
“Colin Cowherd is one of the most talented personalities in sports media,” shared Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “We are beyond excited to expand our relationship with Colin and his brand. He has millions of passionate fans and the addition of a podcast network allows us to increase our content offerings, while connecting with more sports fans than ever before.”
The Herd Podcast Network is the latest collaboration between Cowherd, Premiere Networks and Red Seat Ventures, who partnered in 2016 to launch TheHerdNow.com, the digital home for content created and curated by Colin Cowherd. Additional sports podcasts are expected to be added throughout 2018.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Dave Portnoy Drops Appeal Of Lawsuit Against Business Insider
“In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.”
Dave Portnoy is done with his legal fight against Insider. He filed an appeal after a judge dismissed his initial defamation suit in November. That appeal has been dropped.
Nich Carlson, the Global Editor-in-Chief of Insider, took to Twitter Friday to announce that the legal standoff had come to an end. He also notes that Insider is not surprised by the decision. The company stands by the reporting in the initial story, in which multiple women alleged that sexual encounters with Portnoy turned “violent and humiliating”. It was one of two stories the site published featuring these kinds of accusations against Portnoy.
Both sides will move on. In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.
In November, a Massachusetts judge ruled that Portnoy would have to prove that Insider acted with “actual malice” in publishing the stories. That was going to be a high bar considering that Dave Portnoy is a public figure.
Neither he nor his legal team have publicly commented about the status of the lawsuit.
Nick Wright: Majority of Media Got Tom Brady Retirement Story Wrong
“I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions.”
The news of the retirement of Tom Brady wasn’t the most shocking development, but FS1 host Nick Wright believes the way some of media coverage around Brady evolved wasn’t handled correctly.
During his What’s Wright? with Nick Wright podcast, Wright argued that those who have been given tremendous talents are put in different situations than those who weren’t, stopping just short of saying Brady had a duty to continue to perform his craft. He later added that those joking about Brady’s marriage failing for an extra season in the league weren’t viewing the entire picture, and that the divorce wasn’t something worth joking about.
“I see a lot of stuff people are saying about Brady, and I think it’s bullshit,” Wright said. “‘Oh, you sacrificed your marriage to 8-9’. And I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions. These are not easy things, and people know we know we are at times putting yourself first, in a selfish way that you’re not supposed to as a parent.”
The First Things First host then said the situation is similar to one he experienced as a child, but grew to realize there were bigger things than simply being a parent.
“It’s what I learned from my own dad. My own dad — who I have massive admiration for — absolutely put me and my sister — at times — on the backburner to negotatioting the best bargain possible for the Kansas City Firefighters. His legacy — he’s a great dad, who I adore — (but) his life’s legacy is not the things he did for me and my sister, his real legacy is the things he did for those firefighters and their families. You have those push and pull things and you make decisions and you deal with the fallout of it. It’s really sad that he and Gisele didn’t make it.”
Dan Le Batard: It Enrages Me That There’s a Craig Carton Show on TV
“The man defrauded the people and got right back into sports entertainment television!”
The news of Tom Brady announcing his retirement on Wednesday came as Dan Le Batard and company were on the air, and in the midst of the initial reaction to Brady’s announcement, Le Batard offered a quick shot at WFAN and FS1 host Craig Carton.
Carton has been hosting a morning show on FS1 since last September. Craig added the TV show to co-hosting his successful afternoon drive program on WFAN alongside Evan Roberts.
But as Le Batard and the rest of the show were looking at the TV trying to figure out what was going on with the Brady story, Dan said he thought it was crazy Carton was on television.
“It enrages me that there’s a Carton show,” Le Batard said. “The man went to jail. The man defrauded the people and got right back into sports entertainment television!”
Carton went to prison for a year after facing a charge of securities and wire fraud. In the fall of 2020, after being released from jail earlier in the year, Carton made his return to WFAN.
It’s possible that Le Batard, who is busy running his own independent media operation, wasn’t aware Carton had a TV show. So it’s likely seeing Craig’s face probably was a bit of a shock. But it was clear Dan wasn’t expecting to learn the news from Carton’s show.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.