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Sports Acquisitions Lead To Growth For Spotify
Spotify continues to grow and evolve, with its subscriber base climbing following its further commitment to sports content.
Spotify was once an ambitious disrupt in the audio streaming world, and has now found itself as one of the titans in podcasting. After acquisitions like Joe Rogan and Dax Shepard, Spotify has also fully committed itself to aggressively acquiring sports content. That push has paid off in both subscriber growth and ad revenue, per Front Office Sports.
FOS reported Spotify’s revenue, even in the second quarter, jumped 17 percent from last year to $2.75 billion. Those numbers were met with a 20 percent rise in monthly subscribers to 165 million and 24 percent rise in active ad-supported users to 210 million. The ad revenue saw the largest growth, rising 110 percent from Q2 in 2020 to $324.4 million.
Spotify has added the likes of The Ringer, League of Legends, Locker Room, Jemele Hill, and others to its lineup. Money has not been an issue for the streaming giant as its acquisition costs continually catch the entire media world by storm with every move. It remains to be seen who will be next, but one thing is for sure, they aren’t done.
Michael Quirk is a news writer for Barrett Sports Media. Additionally, he is a co-host of the Spgahetti Junction Boys and a contributor to 5 Reasons Sports in Miami. His prior experiences include writing for 247Sports, Bleacher Report, FanSided, and The Key West Citizen. To connect, find him on Twitter @SJBMichael.
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.
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Trey Wingo: ‘I Don’t Really Care’ What Was Said About My Aaron Rodgers Report
“I knew the information was good. It was just a matter of letting it play out.”
Don’t expect Trey Wingo to apologize to anyone for tweeting that he heard Aaron Rodgers was headed to the New York Jets 48 hours before the Packers quarterback showed up on The Pat McAfee Show. Wingo says he knew he had good information.
Wingo now hosts the Half Forgotten History podcast and serves as a brand ambassador for Caesars. He told CBS Sports Radio’s Zach Gelb that he never let jokes or criticisms about why no announcement had been made bother him.
“Look, I’m sort of in a way where I don’t really care, you know? Say whatever you want. I knew the information was solid,” Wingo said on Thursday night. “The same sources that told me that if Randall Cobb doesn’t sign in 2021 he’s not going back there, it was the same person that told me all the other stuff that happened around the 2021 draft – same people, rather. So, I knew the information was good. It was just a matter of letting it play out.”
Rodgers has made a point of telling Pat McAfee over and over again that he keeps a tight circle and those people know not to betray his trust. No NFL insider on any network has the correct information.
Either Trey Wingo is part of the circle or there is someone in the circle that doesn’t mind betraying Aaron’s trust.
Wingo added that he expects the deal between the Packers and Jets to get done by next week.
“I think it’s gonna be faster than you think,” he said. “The same sources that were telling me what was gonna happen, were saying they were hearing Rodgers was gonna be in New York by next week.”
The Jets and Packers still have to work out the terms of compensation. Rodgers told McAfee this week that the Packers are digging in their heels on getting fair value in return. Time will tell if Wingo’s timetable is correct.
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