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Dan Le Batard: ‘People Don’t Understand Our DraftKings Deal’

“Dan Le Batard said that he knows Miami’s Cuban community can appreciate why it mattered so much that he was able to work with whoever he wanted on whatever he wanted.”

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DraftKings is giving Dan Le Batard and Meadowlark Media the money necessary to change the way sports radio is done. That is according to Dan Le Batard, who joined Jonathan Zaslow on WQAM in Miami yesterday.

After a fifteen minute conversation condemning the Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross, which included Le Batard saying “This place swallowed Saban. It swallowed Parcells. It swallows greatness,” he laid out his crew’s plans for the Super Bowl.

“Super Bowl week, we had giant plans! We were so excited about going to the Super Bowl, making a mess of it, making fun of it. We were going to get a mansion and a houseboat and all sorts of things to be fools and kick off the new year.”

So maybe the Super Bowl plans aren’t coming to fruition, but that doesn’t mean that Dan Le Batard, Meadowlark Media, and DraftKings aren’t working to create special content in the future. Le Batard told Zaslow that he doesn’t think the average listener really gets that nearly anything is possible for them now.

“People don’t understand, Zas, what our deal with DraftKings is. It’s a monster deal that we hope changes the way some of this is. They’re gonna give us rocket fuel over the next year to do some big and interesting things as the partnership evolves.”

Dan Le Batard said that he knows Miami’s Cuban community can appreciate why it mattered so much that he was able to work with whoever he wanted on whatever he wanted. He described Meadowlark Media as “free agency” and noted that the audience will soon just be starting to see what is possible for the company in the video space.

“When we left ESPN, we built the airplane in the sky over the last year,” Le Batard said.

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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Dennis Eckersley

On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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The Musers Mock Jim Nantz’s Farewell To Nick Faldo

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham.

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Nick Faldo

On Sunday, CBS Golf analyst Nick Faldo called his final tournament with CBS after sixteen years with the network. He was poised in the tower above the 18th green with Jim Nantz as he said his final goodbyes. It was an emotional moment that The Musers on The Ticket in Dallas had to comment on.

In the message, Faldo clearly has an issue getting thru the moment while Nantz tries to comfort his friend and buy him some time to regain his composure. However, The Musers thought it wasn’t helpful at all.

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham. “It sounded like he was going to say, ‘now, it’s time to send you to your happy place’. When he said that and when Nick said, in tears, ‘I’m ready,’ that made it sound like Jim was putting him to sleep.”

“(Australian accent) Go ahead and smother me, Jim,” Gordon Keith quipped, “go ahead and take that pillow over there and choke me out right now.”

“Nick are you ready for us to unplug the life support machine?” asked Dunham.

“Yeah, kick that thing right out the wall, mate.”

Dunham would later say, “I don’t think that any famous broadcaster has ever signed off in tears, proclaiming ‘I’m ready, I’m ready'”.

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