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NBABet: Action Network, MGM, NBA Partner For New Show

The Action Network and the NBA have partnered to create @NBABet social media pages.

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The NBA is rolling out serious sports gambling ventures alongside The Action Network. The “NBABet” content initiative starts this week from the NBA Digital platform. The plan includes a gambling studio show, betting content from The Action Network on NBA.com and a new social media account called @NBABet.

The initiative gets rolling this Friday with NBABet presented by MGM.

Launching the day before this year’s playoffs tip-off, This show is all NBA betting all the time. MGM is lending their data and lines to be used on the show each week. Expert panelists will join to talk about the best angles and biggest gambling storylines in the sport. The show films out of WarnerMedia Studios in Atlanta and will be available to NBA TV subscribers. The 30-minute show is scheduled to air weekly at 6:30 p.m. ET and is produced by Turner Sports.

The added NBABet section is going to pop up on NBA.com during the second round of the playoffs. Content partners like The Action Network, Yahoo!, and Bleacher Report will all have their content featured on the new vertical. The Action Network also has its hands in the new app mentioned above.

Voices at the company are handling all programming for the @NBABet account. If the account is anything like The Action Network’s current social media platforms, fans can expect a lot of video content. multimedia content has been the basis of the company’s growth since launching in 2018. That, along with their comprehensive gambling tracking app, has made them a leader in the space.

This all comes amidst a shifting time for leagues and their relationship to sports gambling. The money is flowing in, and no one at the NBA wants to be left behind. NBA Digital has leaned into this space before, offering NBABet Stream, as an alternate betting-focused telecast for NBA League Pass and NBA TV subscribers.

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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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