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Harry Lyles Jr Discusses Racial Justice Issues On ESPN College Football Podcast

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The latest episode of ESPN’s College Football podcast mainly focuses on the social issues in America and how it affects college athletes. The season is officially underway after Saturday night’s FCS kickoff game between Central Arkansas and Austin Peay, but this is an issue that will stay in the news for the foreseeable future. 

One of Kevin Negandhi’s guests was staff writer Harry Lyles Jr. (You can hear the interview beginning at the 27:42 mark of the episode). Lyles had a lot to say during this episode and the first topic that was mentioned was about the cancellations of practice that took place over the last week from players.

“When you talk about all these cancellations that are going on right now, I think you got a lot of coaches, AD’s, and presidents who are like ‘let’s get all of this out of the way right now,'” he said. “They do not want the Pac-12’s problem. They don’t want to have to answer for anything. They don’t want to lose games, they don’t want to upset their dollars and cents. I should be specific about that, those are racist dollars and cents because if you do not care about the livelihood of these black athletes, then that makes you a racist and I think that we need to start saying that.”

As for the role of coaches, athletic directors, school presidents, and conference commissioners, Lyles made it perfectly clear by saying they have to listen to their players and keep the mental health of the student-athletes in mind.

“They have to care. I know you hear the frustration in my voice, but it is tiring,” Lyles said. “What else do black people have to say to get you to realize that this is not just a trend, a social media movement? This is a battle. Black people did not pick this…The role of these coaches, AD’s, presidents needs to be you have to care about other people who do not look like you.”

Throughout this interview, you will hear about the conversations that Lyles has had with some of the PAC-12 student-athletes (not just football) and the issue of voter suppression as well with the NCAA recommending athletes have Election Day off. 

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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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