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Bomani Jones Trying To Make Late-Night Sports Show Work On HBO’s ‘Game Theory’

“You are making content as much as anything else for people to love… I want to make a show that people who are into it can love.”

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Starting next month, Bomani Jones will have a new show on HBO called Game Theory With Bomani Jones that will be a weekly program diving into the big issues in sports. It will be a late-night show and Jones knows that late-night shows that are about sports can be a challenge.

Jones was a guest on the Real Ones with Raja + Logan podcast on The Ringer NBA Show and mentioned that doing this show will be a challenge because no one has figured out how to make a late-night sports show work yet:

It hasn’t evolved in sports because nobody has figured out how to do this in sports,” Jones explained. “If there’s anything I would say that’s probably the most challenging thing about this is we are trying to make a format work that as far as I can tell, nobody has been able to make work.”

One thing that Jones thinks will have the content click with the viewers is that there will be no studio audience for his show and it will allow him to take more chances with the content he produces:

“Part of doing a show that has a studio audience for late-night, what you wind up with in large part is things that are done to set it up so that the people in the audience will laugh and tell the people at home that they are supposed to laugh,” Jones said. “This isn’t going to be that.”

“People are going to have to buy in. That, I think, is the biggest difference, which also allows you to take a few more chances because you aren’t trying to make content for people who kinda like you or for people who don’t care about you. You are making content as much as anything else for people to love… I want to make a show that people who are into it can love.”

In terms of what kind of guests will be on the show, Jones mentioned he is going to take some things from when he was a part of Highly Questionable on ESPN. One of them is knowing that even if the guest may not have the strongest connection to sports, he or she can still bring a fun topic to talk about to the table:

“The approach on guests and interviews for me is going to be informed by the time I spent doing Highly Questionable,” Jones said. “It was a sports show, but if somebody’s got something cool to talk about, it doesn’t really matter. Their connection with sports can be tenuous at best if they are good, if they’ve got something interesting and fascinating to talk about.” 

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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