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Skipper ‘Shockingly Comfortable’ on Simmons Podcast

“Simmons and Skipper discussed their disagreements towards the end of the podcast. The troubles began with Simmons not wanting to return to NBA Countdown.”

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As DAZN begins a sponsorship relationship with the Ringer, DAZN executive chairman John Skipper joined The BIll Simmons Podcast.

“We had an acrimonious ending,” Simmons said in his opener, adding that it was ironic the show was recorded on April Fools Day.

Simmons mentioned the duo had dinner a few months prior to talk about how things went “sideways.” He added both men looked back and realized they could have done things differently; throughout the show both Simmons and Skipper displayed thanks for reconciling the mistakes of the past and were happy to have a working relationship once again.

“This is both weird and not weird” – Simmons admitted early on.

“I am shockingly comfortable,” Skipper said. “There’s a slight trepidation, you and I haven’t actually done anything public for quite a long time, so I had a little trepidation, but I come in, I sit down on the sofa and it’s quite comfortable and we’re laughing about Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, and it’s great to see you.”

“It really makes me feel good to figure out some way to pay you exorbitant sums of money again,” Skipper added sighting the “quicky marriage” between DAZN and Simmons’ show.

Simmons began the conversation discussing Skipper’s early career at Rolling Stone in which Skipper admits a similarity to Simmons departure from ESPN.

“We share this in common, I was fired for insubordination,” Skipper said. “I was the publisher of Us magazine, 10 years after I started, and Jann wanted me to do some things which I resisted and thought I knew better than he did, forgetting in my mind that I didn’t actually own the magazine, he did, so I was dismissed.”

Simmons and Skipper discussed their disagreements towards the end of the podcast. The troubles began with Simmons not wanting to return to NBA Countdown. Simmons then blasted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on his podcast with a challenge to his superiors to hold back his thoughts, which ultimately lead to Skipper handing down a suspension.

“We were no longer dealing with each other day-to-day,” Skipper said of the frustrating situation. “So when you would pop back up in my life it was for some kind of problem. It’s like ‘Damn, I’ve got a full day already and now I’m going to spend the next three hours dealing with this.’”

Simmons added a bit later he realizes now with a bit of maturity and regret it was an issue that could have been resolved much easier.

“To me it seems stupid now,” Simmons said.  “We had like this real relationship. At some point we should have had a real conversation about it. I see it from your point because I look like some rogue asshole who’s not listening to you which makes you look bad as a leader, which is a whole other issue.”

The podcast also includes other discussions such as how ESPN The Magazine, 30 For 30 and Grantland were started, an interesting story on Simmons trying to get Barack Obama on his podcast in 2008, and the rewards and difficulties of working at ESPN for both Skipper and Simmons.

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ESPN To Celebrate Dick Vitale During 2021 V Week

“Raising funds for cancer research is a long-standing tradition at ESPN.”

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ESPN’s 15th annual V Week for cancer research and awareness begins today, and ESPN has a whole bunch of promotions in store for the special event.

ESPN is launching the Campaign for a Cause: ESPN and the V Foundation x StockX, which allows fans to have a chance to win celebrity sneakers and memorabilia during V Week through StockX’s Campaign for a Cause benefiting the V Foundation.

Celebrities involved in the campaign include Drake, Kevin Durant, Mike Krzyzewski, Nyjah Huston, Naomi Osaka, and more.

A new addition to V Week is is the development of #VStrongBaby to show support for ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, who returned to call his first game of the men’s college basketball season last Tuesday after being diagnosed with lymphoma in October. The hashtag is accompanied by a customized heart emoji in honor of the legendary commentator, which ESPN will feature throughout V Week.

ESPN also continues on in funding the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, which continues to address health inequities that exist in cancer.

“The ongoing pandemic has continued to disrupt the critical need to fundraise for cancer research and address the health disparities impacting people of color in their fight against cancer,” said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. “Raising funds for cancer research is a long-standing tradition at ESPN, and we are committed to continuing our work to close the gap in cancer disparities experienced by patients of minority populations and improve their outcomes.”

Along with these traditions, the Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s classics take place next week. The Men’s Classics begin Tuesday, December 7, followed by the Women’s Classics on Sunday, December 12, all airing live on ESPN.

Since the V Foundation’s inception in 1993, ESPN has helped raise more than $142 million in the fight to end cancer. Direct donations can be made at www.v.org/donate.

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Outkick Planning Live Pregame Show For Georgia vs Alabama

Chad Withrow, Jonathan Hutton and Jill Savage will host the show, with Clay Travis joining in periodically throughout the show.

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Alabama versus Georgia is sure to be the talk of the college football world this week. The game will have huge implications on the College Football Playoff selection the following day.

Outkick has announced that it will be covering the SEC Championship Game this Saturday with its own live show from Atlanta.

Kickoff for the actual game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern. But you can get a head start with Clay Travis and OutKick the Tailgate pregame show long before that, with their broadcast starting at 1:30 EST.

Chad Withrow, Jonathan Hutton and Jill Savage will host the show, with Clay Travis joining in periodically throughout.

The Outkick the Tailgate pregame show will be taking place live in Atlanta, Georgia at STATS Brewpub not far from the game taking place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Those who are in attendance for the live show can enter for a chance to win merchandise autographed by Alabama coach Nick Saban and receive other prizes as well.

Those who cannot be in attendance can watch via live stream either on the Outkick Youtube channel or on Twitter where full coverage of the pregame show will be aired. It will also be aired on the Outkick website.

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New York Sports Media Reacts To Mets’ Gigantic Max Scherzer Deal

Many notable names in New York Sports Radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.

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The New York Mets have agreed with pitcher Max Scherzer on a three-year deal that is worth an obscene amount of money. The excitement around the team feels to be at a new high in the city of New York.

Many notable names in New York sports radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.

There is no understating the significance of this move by the New York Mets. Max Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young winner and one of the most prolific pitchers in the sport for the last decade, winning 190 games over his 13-year career.

It is worth noting however that the Mets have had a notorious history of giving out bad contracts to veteran players, with players like Pedro Martinez, Bobby Bonilla, and Mo Vaughn just to name a few as examples.

This is just one of many big signings that the Mets have already made this offseason. They have already added Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha to the team as well.

Max Scherzer will be making $130 million over the duration of the three-year contract. The $43.33 million average annual salary sets a record, surpassing the $36 million New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole is averaging after signing a nine-year, $324 million contract in 2019.

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