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Peter King: I Always Wanted To Be Peter Gammons

“I was driven to be as smart in something as Peter Gammons was in baseball.”

Ricky Keeler

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Every Monday, football fans can go to NBCSports.com to read Peter King’s Football Morning in America or his old Monday Morning Quarterback column in Sports Illustrated. Fans go to that column to check out King’s latest interview or any news that he is able to find before anyone else does. 

On The Tony Kornheiser Show last weekKing was a guest and both he and Kornheiser dove into how they got their careers started and some advice they give to high school and college kids that want to get into journalism

King wanted to work as a journalist ever since he was in 5th Grade and there was one writer he met in high school that he always wanted to be like. 

“I kind of wanted to be the next Peter Gammons once I saw him in high school,” said King. “I was driven to be as smart in something as Peter Gammons was in baseball. Over the years, in a weird way, I write a column on Monday this past week that was 11,883 words and that’s almost Gammons-esque. In essence, isn’t that what Gammons did in the Boston Globe?”

If you’re a fan of King’s work, he says there is one team and one coach you have to thank. It goes back to his time at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I was incredibly lucky that in 1984 I covered the Cincinnati Bengals. Sam Wyche was crazy in a good way and he basically would tell me anything I wanted to know about everything with the team. I sat there and watched practice that first training camp with Paul Brown probably 30 times. I was an expert in this team after 3-4 months…I just thought this is really a fun thing to do. I loved football and it’s a fun thing to do. The Bengals of 1984 got me into it.” 

During training camp, King has had the opportunity to interview Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes and he told Kornheiser that still excites him today.

“I walked away from Tampa Bay training camp last Wednesday with a real spring in my step because I think I will be the only guy in our business to get Tom Brady 1-on-1 in this training camp a week after getting Aaron Rodgers 1-on-1, a week after getting Patrick Mahomes 1-on-1. Those are the things that still thrill me. To get the story that other people want to get. That’s what appeals to me and it still does to this day. I’m 64 years old but you tell me here’s $10,000 or here’s 20 minutes with Tom Brady, guess what I’m taking?”

While accomplishing so much in his career so far, King is still out there getting the scoops before most of the top writers in the business, which makes his columns weekly a must-read. 

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NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Launching Podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Dirty Mo Media

“New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media has announced a podcast deal with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin will host Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin on a weekly basis during the NASCAR season. The Actions Detrimental branding is verbiage used by NASCAR for fines assessed to drivers for their disparaging comments about the sport. Known as one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Hamlin has been fined several times under the “actions detrimental to stock car racing” statutes.

New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.

Denny Hamlin jokingly thanked Dirty Mo Media for the “opportunity and the fat check” the company wrote for him to host the podcast in a Twitter announcement.

The 42-year-old Hamlin has won 48 races during his 18-year NASCAR Cup Series career. In addition to serving as a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he co-owns 23XI Racing with basketball legend Michael Jordan.

The podcast is the latest in an expansion of content produced by the Mooresville, North Carolina-based digital outlet. After beginning with The Dale Jr. Download, the company has grown to include other podcasts like Door, Bumper, Clear, and Speed Street, as well as video projects like The Next Level.

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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.”

Jordan Bondurant

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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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