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Charles Barkley: ‘Armageddon’ Coming For College Sports

The Turner analyst discussed the topic on “The Steam Room” podcast.

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Turner basketball analyst Charles Barkley has serious concerns over where college athletics are heading. Barkley and Ernie Johnson had Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski on The Steam Room podcast and discussed what the future of college sports looks like.

The Supreme Court struck down the NCAA’s use of amateurism as a means of limiting educational benefits last month and with it rung in the name, image, likeness era of college athletics.

“Between this name, image, and likeness, this thing that just came down from the Supreme Court, I think we’re getting ready for Armageddon,” Barkley said on the podcast.

“You said it earlier, we’re in trouble right now,” Barkley continued. “Cause I have no idea what’s gonna happen in the next few years of college sports. How many programs are gonna be disbanded, how many sports are gonna be canceled?”

Barkley suited up for the Auburn men’s basketball team from 1981-1984, averaging 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds before starting his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers.

“It’s clearly gonna become an arms race,” Charles Barkley said. “If I’m a kid, and I got to decide where to go to college…you’re gonna say to yourself ‘where can I sell the most jerseys? Where can I get a car deal? I’m going to a big school.’ I’m really concerned of where college athletics are going.”

The legendary Duke coach didn’t have much pushback to Barkley’s issues. “You guys have a right to be concerned,” Krzyzewski said. “And I think universities will start making decisions as to just what they wanna do if they’re in collegiate sports programs…we’re part of the university, we’re not THE university.”

Charles Barkley noted his concern for athletes receiving an education under the new system. “All these Black kids, I’m not worried about their playing time,” Barkley said. “I’m worried about them getting their education more than anything in the world.”

Like it or not, the NIL era is here to stay. Now it’s up to the schools and administrators to figure the new climate.

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First Sportsbook Opens In Wisconsin

This new sportsbook may set off a domino affect within the state, as other tribal nations are expected to eventually request permission to follow suit.

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The state of Wisconsin now has tits first sportsbook operator. The Oneida Nation opened its sportsbook Tuesday inside the tribe’s main casino near Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an agreement in July clearing the way for the sportsbook, and now the Oneida Nation tribe is cashing in.

It is the first location within the state of Wisconsin that people can legally wager on college and professional sporting events. There is one major exception. Betting on Wisconsin-based college games is still not allowed.

This new sportsbook may set off a domino affect within the state, as other tribal nations are expected to eventually request permission to follow suit. The Potawatomi Nation, which has a hotel and casino in Milwaukee, was the first to go on record as saying it has an interest.

“The Potawatomi look forward to bringing sports betting to Milwaukee in the future,” the tribe said in a recent statement, though they did not cite a time frame.

The Ho-Chunk Nation, which operates casinos in multiple Wisconsin locations including Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Tomah and Nekoosa, said Tuesday it plans to offer sports betting at multiple gaming sites.

“We are going to do it. It’s just a matter of when,” spokesman Ken Luchterhand said. “It will be a very quick turn-around. We’re going to hit the ground running.”

Adam Thompson, a senior handicapper for the Bookies.com site and a former Green Bay Press-Gazette sports editor, said betting that’s technically illegal is hugely popular, so it’s a no-brainer to open a legal sportsbook in Wisconsin.

“We know people are going to bet,” he said, “so why not have them do it here?”

“Sports betting is nothing new in the state of Wisconsin,” Oneida Vice Chairman Brandon Stevens said Tuesday morning. “But legal sports gambling is.”

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Erika Nardini Gives Podcast Listeners Advice On Professional Reviews

“Have a good plan going in, and I think your boss will appreciate the level of thought that you have put into your role.”

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Earlier this month, Barstool CEO Erika Nardini offered up some career advice on Instagram, speaking from the experience of pursuing multiple different ventures throughout her lifetime.

Nardini has taken to social media again through her podcast, Token CEO. She has some advice for people looking to secure positive end-of-year reviews from their employer.

“We’ve kicked off our end-of-year reviews at Barstool. I think end-of-year reviews can be kind of anxiety-ridden, they can make you feel anxious. You are wondering what your bonus is going to look like,” said Nardini.

Erika Nardini had some valuable advice for those unsure of what to put in their end-of-year review.

“Don’t wait for November or December when the review starts to start thinking about what you are going to say in your review. Think about the year behind you. What’d you accomplish? What did you learn? What went well? Be self-critical, what didn’t go well?

“The biggest thing that I think you can do when you are going into your review is to really have your head around what is it that you want to convey to your manager and what do you want to hear in return? What is it that you want to accomplish out of the review?”

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy named Erika Nardini the company’s first CEO in 2016 while appointing himself chief of content. Since then, she has hired and reviewed several employees. Her advice is certainly valuable.

“Have a good plan going in, and I think your boss will appreciate the level of thought that you have put into your role, and you should expect and want the same thing in return.”

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Darren Rovell Signs Extension With Action Network

“The trajectory of growth in this industry over the last three years has been incredible and I’m thrilled to be a part of this ride.”

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Darren Rovell has been at The Action Network since he left ESPN in 2018, and it appears that he isn’t going anywhere else anytime soon.

Rovell wrote an article on the company’s website discussing all of the reasons that he felt staying with the network was the right move for him.

“Over the past couple months, as my original deal with The Action Network was coming to a close, I was confronted with the choice of whether to return or to take my brand to one of those cushy sportsbook deals,” said Rovell. “At The Action Network, I am surrounded by a team that is uniquely talented at executing best-in-class data-driven sports betting content with such aplomb. Combine that with the resources given to us thanks to our acquisition by Better Collective this past year and I felt it would be virtually impossible to build the structure we have here anywhere else.”

The details of how long Rovell will agree to continue to be at the network are unclear at this point. It seems that Rovell is content doing exactly what he has been at The Action Network.

“You can count on me to continue to tell you what’s happening at the sportsbooks, to report the big bets and the bettors making them and to keep you updated on anything topical that could count as gambling these days from sports memorabilia to NFTs,” he added.

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