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Stupodity Goes Behind The Scenes Of Inside The NBA

“On Tuesday, Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk had Tim Kiely as a guest on the Stupodity podcast. Kiely is the vice president of production and the executive producer at Turner Sports and was a guest recommended by Ernie Johnson.”

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With the NBA set to resume at the end of month in Orlando, one of the things sports fans are awaiting is the return of Inside The NBA on TNT after games. While there is no news yet on how the show will look when basketball comes back, there’s never a bad opportunity to learn more about the show that’s been on the air since 1989. 

One ESPN podcast this week gave us that opportunity. On Tuesday, Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk had Tim Kiely as a guest on the Stupodity podcast. Kiely is the vice president of production and the executive producer at Turner Sports and was a guest recommended by Ernie Johnson. 

While there was no news on the podcast about the future of the show, there were some great stories told by Kiely.

“We don’t fear mistakes,” he told the hosts. In fact, we celebrate them. Everyone has a party about it. It’s better radio and TV when you look like a human being. That was really the formula.”

Later in the interview, you hear Kiely talk about the format of the show and how it is different from the SportsCenter that he helped produce at ESPN from 1991-1994.

“When I got to Turner, there was no real middle or upper management to say do it this way. When the guests came in, he was so much more at ease because he wasn’t reading a generic question I wrote.”

Inside The NBA moments are watched by many and laughs are shared along the way. Kiely views Twitter as one of the thing that helped take the show to the next step as a big hit along with going live to the west coast.

“Everybody dove into it because it was a new thing. If it’s a good tweet, we will put it up. When they take a direct shot at one of our people in a fun way, that’s better than anything. The rise of Twitter and the first time we went with Charles to the west coast to do the Western Conference Finals, we showed up and people just mobbed us. It was like a rock concert. It got a lot more play out there.”

Throughout this episode, you will hear different stories about Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and what happened when Shaquille O’Neal joined the panel. It is a good reminder that the laughs will resume soon and to get to know more about the people that bring knowledge of the NBA and humor together into one cohesive show. 

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NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Launching Podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Dirty Mo Media

“New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media has announced a podcast deal with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin will host Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin on a weekly basis during the NASCAR season. The Actions Detrimental branding is verbiage used by NASCAR for fines assessed to drivers for their disparaging comments about the sport. Known as one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Hamlin has been fined several times under the “actions detrimental to stock car racing” statutes.

New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.

Denny Hamlin jokingly thanked Dirty Mo Media for the “opportunity and the fat check” the company wrote for him to host the podcast in a Twitter announcement.

The 42-year-old Hamlin has won 48 races during his 18-year NASCAR Cup Series career. In addition to serving as a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he co-owns 23XI Racing with basketball legend Michael Jordan.

The podcast is the latest in an expansion of content produced by the Mooresville, North Carolina-based digital outlet. After beginning with The Dale Jr. Download, the company has grown to include other podcasts like Door, Bumper, Clear, and Speed Street, as well as video projects like The Next Level.

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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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