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“No Dunks” Podcast Signs New Deal With The Athletic

The crew originally signed on with The Athletic in 2019.

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No move is imminent for the No Dunks crew. According to Sports Business Journal, the team behind the daily podcast/videocast series is keeping their content housed at The Athletic.

Tas Melas, Phil “J.E. Skeets” Elder, Trey Kerby, Leigh Ellis, and producer Jason Doyle have agreed to a multi-year extension with the site to keep producing blog-style video content. The crew has been together since 2006 and has taken their content through a few different platforms.

We’ve been covering the NBA for over 15 years, and working for The Athletic has been the most fun we’ve ever had,” Elder told SBJ. “They’ve allowed us to spread our wings creatively, encouraging live watch parties on YouTube to interviewing ‘Survivor’ winners to writing about F1 racing. Honestly, they’re the best players’ coach a bunch of basketball sickos could ever ask for.”

Under the agreement terms, No Dunks is expanding its footprint at the site. The Athletic can now sell video of the show while the group will continue producing the daily, hour-long vodcast.

The group joined The Athletic in October 2019 after bouncing around different homes. They were originally called The Basketball Jones and then became The Starters during their six-year run with NBA TV. To their current name, which they adopted while transitioning from NBA TV to The Athletic.

No Dunks has become a staple of The Athletic’s podcast offerings, and they seem pleased with how the relationship has worked out so far. The ability for The Athletic to sell the show’s video component could be a wrinkle in getting them back on a terrestrial TV platform.

The original story named YouTube as a location for video content, but we’ll see what else the company’s brain trust cooks up. Fans of No Dunks can find new episodes wherever you get your podcasts.

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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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Pat McAfee Teases Major New Partnership

“We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing.”

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Up to something season has returned for Pat McAfee.

McAfee has routinely used that phrasing to tease viewers and listeners about major dealings in the works, and on Wednesday he said something big is coming down the pike.

“We’re up to something,” McAfee said. “We got a big partnership coming up. It’s big. We haven’t even chatted about this at all. That’s how much we’ve evolved.”

Pat continued about how the show has matured, saying he was proud they waited until this late in the game to even bring up the fact they’ve got a new deal to announce.

“If this conversation had taken place three years ago, the announcement we’re about to make, it would’ve been two weeks worth of the show,” he said. “Every single segment would’ve been brought back to oh something’s coming, something’s coming, something’s coming.”

“That is changing quickly in a big way,” he added.

McAfee noted that being on the road in Los Angeles for the college football national championship has made the reaction to the new partnership somewhat subdued.

“I should be more excited,” he said. “We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing. We’ve been working on this for a couple years now. Good for us, dude.”

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