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Le Batard, Pitaro To Meet In New York On Thursday

“According to the report, the two will discuss ESPN’s corporate policy, Le Batard’s comments, and his future at the network.”

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It has been an interesting week for ESPN and one of its most high profile talents to say the least. Last Thursday, Dan Le Batard set off a firestorm of controversy when he called out President Trump and his supporters at a North Carolina rally as racists during his ESPN Radio show. As a result, Le Batard missed the first hour of his show on Friday, spent the weekend “going back and forth” with ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro regarding the company’s policy on talking politics, and then ultimately deciding to sit out of the show on Monday.

Now, The Washington Post’s Ben Strauss is reporting that Le Batard and Pitaro will meet face-to-face on Thursday in New York City. According to the report, the two will discuss ESPN’s corporate policy, Le Batard’s comments, and his future at the network.

Earlier this week, former ESPN personality Bill Simmons predicted on his podcast, The Bill Simmons Podcast, that it would be hard for Le Batard to accept ESPN’s limitations. With Le Batard having already referred to the policy of only discussing politics when it relates directly to sports as a “weak-ass shield,” Simmons says it is hard to see Le Batard being the kind of guy that keeps his mouth shut about these issues, particularly with an election coming up next year.

Nothing has been revealed about what the two men will discuss. Speculation on social media has ranged from the sides coming to an understanding regarding what The Dan Le Batard with Stugotz will be going forward, to further punishment to Le Batard, to a negotiation of Le Batard’s exit from the company.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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