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Erika Nardini Previews Barstool’s Football Season

Nardini mentioned the Barstool Sportsbook, Arizona Bowl, and new personalities and shows as reasons for Stoolies to be excited.

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In Thursday’s episode of Barstool Sports’ Token CEO podcast, host and Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini gave a rundown of all the upcoming news, events, and projects that are related to football for Barstool Sports.

“We are going to be live in more states than ever before with the Barstool Sportsbook, so were launching four plus eight in August and September,” Nardini said to begin her preview.

Second, we have the Arizona Bowl coming up at the end of year, and we will be very, very interested and have a vested interest in the MAC and the Mountain West. Third is we have added a bunch of new shows and we’ve added a bunch of awesome personalities, including Megan Making Money and Kelly in Vegas

We also have Hank Lockwood’s fantasy football podcasts, which he does with Rone (Adam Ferrone). We have Unnecessary Roughness; which is where Brandon Walker and Kayce Smith talk about football, and essentially argue with one another every week.

We’ve got Pick Em and there’s lot of drama around Pick Em. It is one of the oldest gambling shows that we’ve got at Barstool Sports. It’s Dave (Portnoy), Dan (Katz), and Rico Bosco. We’ve got Picks Central, which is our daily gambling show hosted by Big Cat and Brandon Walker.

We’ve got Sports Advisors, which is hands down my favorite show here. We’ve got Bussin with the Boys, with Will Compton and Taylor Lewan. We’ve got the College Football Show, we’ve got the Pro Football Show with Deion Sanders, and then the Pro Football Show After Show.

Erika Nardini, Token ceo 8/12/2021

Nardini would wrap up all the upcoming football content by saying, “Then of course we’ve got all of our podcasts leading with Pardon My Take, which is arguably one of the funniest, strongest, and most beloved podcasts of all time. So, that’s what’s happening in football around here so anyone who’s listening to this can count their blessings that there’s only two more weeks until football starts”.

It can be rest assured that after listening to Thursday’s episode of Token CEO, that there will be an abundance of Barstool Sports football content to consume in the Fall.

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Dan Le Batard: It Enrages Me That There’s a Craig Carton Show on TV

“The man defrauded the people and got right back into sports entertainment television!”

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The news of Tom Brady announcing his retirement on Wednesday came as Dan Le Batard and company were on the air, and in the midst of the initial reaction to Brady’s announcement, Le Batard offered a quick shot at WFAN and FS1 host Craig Carton.

Carton has been hosting a morning show on FS1 since last September. Craig added the TV show to co-hosting his successful afternoon drive program on WFAN alongside Evan Roberts.

But as Le Batard and the rest of the show were looking at the TV trying to figure out what was going on with the Brady story, Dan said he thought it was crazy Carton was on television.

“It enrages me that there’s a Carton show,” Le Batard said. “The man went to jail. The man defrauded the people and got right back into sports entertainment television!”

Carton went to prison for a year after facing a charge of securities and wire fraud. In the fall of 2020, after being released from jail earlier in the year, Carton made his return to WFAN.

It’s possible that Le Batard, who is busy running his own independent media operation, wasn’t aware Carton had a TV show. So it’s likely seeing Craig’s face probably was a bit of a shock. But it was clear Dan wasn’t expecting to learn the news from Carton’s show.

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ESPN Hands Out 6 New Contracts To Investigative Journalists

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ESPN is solidifying its lineup of investigative journalists. The network announced on Wednesday the hiring of two newcomers as well as contract extensions for four others.

Xuan Thai and Sara Coello are the two newcomers to The Worldwide Leader, starting their jobs in January.

Thai previously worked at NBC News and MSNBC. Most recently, she was the deputy bureau chief of the south region at NBC.

Coello has made her way to ESPN after stops at The Charlotte Observer, The Dallas Morning News and The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.

Alyssa Roenigk, Tisha Thompson, Sam Borden and Tom Junod are the four others who received contract extensions.

Roenigk is the most senior of the group, with 2023 being her 21st year at ESPN. She’s been an editor, sideline reporter, studio host and writer in that stretch of two decades.

Thompson and Borden both started at ESPN in 2017. Thompson has covered stories including the ongoing government investigation of Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder and investigated sexual assault allegations within the U.S. Snowboard team.

Borden has appeared regularly on various ESPN platforms like the ESPN Daily podcast and Outside the Lines. He’s a 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award winner for an NFL Countdown piece called “This Big Mo Show.”

Junod has been at ESPN since 2019. His previous stops include GQ, Esquire, Life and Sports Illustrated.

Additionally, a contract extension for veteran feature producer Scott Harves was announced by the network.

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Sports Media Reacts To Tom Brady Retiring

“Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.”

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Things seem a little more final this time. Tom Brady says he will not return to the field. The GOAT announced his retirement Wednesday morning in a video posted to social media.

While it is still unclear what happens next, plenty of people in the sports media had opinions to share. Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.

There were other reactions as well. It is well-known that Tom Brady has a ten-year contract worth $375 million waiting for him at FOX. That means plenty of people in the sports media have questions about what today’s announcement means for Greg Olsen.

Olsen has won plenty of acclaim as the analyst in the network’s top NFL booth. Brady’s deal includes him taking over that spot, so several personalities and writers used the day to publicly question the logic in that decision.

There was a third reaction too. Twitter was made for two things: reacting to breaking news and making jokes. Tom Brady announcing his retirement gave some members of the sports media the chance to do both.

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