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Kirk Minihane Steps Away From Barstool To Deal With Mental Health

“The media personality hosts the Kirk Minihane Show podcast on Barstool’s podcast network and previously worked at WEEI with Gerry Callahan on morning drive.”

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Barstool Sports’ Kirk Minihane is taking some time away from the company to focus on his mental health. Minihane took time away last year for the same issue, and Barstool is allowing him space to focus on the issues again.

“I’m going to take time off as I battle depression, suicidal thoughts, paranoia, and anxiety,” Minihane tweeted on Thursday. “I’ve kept this bottled up for weeks and that’s such a mistake. I can’t thank Dave and Erika enough for their support, means so much. And if you are struggling, get help. Talk to someone.”

The media personality hosts the Kirk Minihane Show podcast on Barstool’s podcast network and previously worked at WEEI with Gerry Callahan on morning drive. According to Minihane, the station’s unwillingness to be flexible with hiss struggles led to him leaving the Kirk & Callahan show and WEEI altogether.

“Pretty simple,” Minihane tweeted in 2018. “I’ve been ready to work for the last week or so and have been kept off the air. You build a show, take it to number one, step aside to get healthy and expect to be welcomed back. Hasn’t happened.”

The sports talk radio host turned podcaster didn’t take long to start tweeting again this morning. Dave Portnoy’s latest controversy surrounding the Business Insider story on the Barstool Sports founder got Minihane worked up.

“I wish @mjnblack had reached out to me for her story,” Minihane tweeted today in his first post since stepping away from Barstool. “I would’ve told her Dave Portnoy is the best boss I’ve ever had and Bob Murchison is the worst person alive today. Just evil, and she reported his lies without asking me or anyone involved for comment. Truly awful journalism.”

There is seemingly never a dull moment for Minihane and Barstool Sports. Time will tell when Minihane returns to his regular podcasting duties.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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