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How Does LeBron Affect Coverage of the Lakers in LA?

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A lot has been written about LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Today, Bryan Curtis of The Ringer is covering LeBron’s move to LA from the perspective of those covering LeBron’s move to LA.

Curtis spoke with reporters and sports writers all over the city to better understand how LeBron James will affect the coverage the Lakers receive. Among those that spoke to Curtis are Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Alli Clifton of SportsNet LA. Both relocated to LA when LeBron decided to leave Cleveland. For McMenamin it was a reassignment within ESPN. For Clifton, it was leaving a job in Cleveland for a new one on the West Coast.

The Athletic: Los Angeles and the LA Times are both investing in Lakers coverage. The Athletic will have four writers covering the Lakers alone. The Times will have as many as four reporters at each Laker game as well. It is a major change from the way the team has been covered recently according to Curtis’ column. “Tania Ganguli, the Times beat writer, said there were weekends when the print press corps consisted of her and two other beat writers.”

None of that takes into account the reporters that are there specifically to cover LeBron James. The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, and various entertainment news magazines have applied for credentials this season as well. They will be covering LeBron not only as a cultural phenomenon, but also as a new power player in the media and entertainment worlds.

One of the most interesting parts of the column is the reaction to LeBron from some of the more tenured members of the Los Angeles sports media. Petros Papadakis, for instance, wants to make sure he and his colleagues don’t lose sight of the fact that it is okay to criticize LeBron. “You’re going to have people who cover this with a sycophantish tone and people that won’t. I don’t want to be in the group of the former.”

Bill Plaschke is a little more defiant. His attitude seems to be one of “you haven’t done anything until you’ve done something in LA,” which opens up a whole new debate about the LA sports media. Who is making who relevant here? He told Curtis, “I thought the most revealing thing that happened was when he was asked, ‘What does he have to do to earn the respect of L.A.?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m here.’ That doesn’t work here, especially with the Lakers.”

The whole piece is a long read, but it is insanely interesting. Check it out at The Ringer.

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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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