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Baseball Writer, Podcaster Jared Carrabis Leaving Barstool For DraftKings

“I told him that he should take that offer,” said Dave Portnoy. “That is our model. Build stars from the ground up and then replace them if they get mega deals.”

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Barstool Sports is losing one of its most recognizable names. According to the New York Post‘s Ryan Glasspiegel, Jared Carrabis is leaving Barstool for DraftKings.

Best known for his baseball analysis and commentary, notably relating to the Boston Red Sox, Carrabis had been with Barstool since 2014. As Glasspiegel reported, scrutinizing Barstool fans noted that Carrabis removed Barstool from his Twitter bio and his Section 10 podcast was no longer available on the Barstool Sports website.

Carrabis’s status at Barstool had been a topic of speculation among the site and community’s fans. Kirk Minihane and Barstool CEO Erika Nardini even publicly discussed Carrabis’s contract status on the Token CEO podcast with Minihane jokingly acting as his representative in negotiations. (That part of the conversation can be heard at the 20:00 mark of the video below.)

“I’m ready to make the offer right now,” said Minihane. “Three years, $35,000 a year.” Minihane added that Carrabis was worried he wouldn’t receive a contract offer. The guess is that he’ll earn considerably more with DraftKings.

Barstool founder Dave Portnoy told Glasspiegel that he was “happy” for Carrabis and encouraged him to take the DraftKings offer.

“Making money matters here now not 10 years down the road,” said Portnoy of his longtime friend. “I told him that he should take that offer. I’ll miss him though. But that is our model. Build stars from the ground up and then replace them if they get mega deals.”

Carrabis posted an image on Twitter which appeared to be a farewell to Barstool and nod to his now-former colleagues.

DraftKings has been adding sports media personalities in recent months, attempting to reach fans of those figures and attract them to their sports betting products. Mike Golic Sr. and Jessica Smetana are among those who joined the company most recently, while the sportsbook partnered with The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz in a major sponsorship and distribution deal. Carrabis should bring his considerable following with him to his new venture.

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Julian Edelman Launches ‘Games With Names’ Podcast

The podcast, which will debut August 23rd, will relive the most iconic games in sports history, hence the Games with Names moniker.

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Former NFL wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has teamed up with comedian Sam Morril to launch the Games with Names podcast.

The podcast, which will debut August 23rd, will relive the most iconic games in sports history, hence the Games with Names moniker.

“Everyone’s always talking about who the GOAT is, but Sam and I are looking for the GOAG: The Greatest of all Games,” Edelman said.

Edelman, who retired from the NFL in 2020, has already worked elsewhere in sports media. He joined the cast of Inside the NFL on Paramount+ last season.

Meanwhile, Morril was excited to get the opportunity to work with Edelman.

“Julian Edelman is a three-time Super Bowl Champion and I just got 10,000 airline miles complaining that my in flight TV didn’t work,” said Morril. “We both know how to get things done, and it was only a matter of time before we joined forces.”

The podcast will be presented by WynnBET.

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Colin Cowherd Adds Madden Streamer Brady Mays to The Volume

Cowherd added that Mays, 25, brings a different level of content to the table.

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Colin Cowherd once had very strong feelings about video games and esports, but apparently his mindset has changed. It’s changed so much so that Cowherd has brought on a popular Madden NFL streamer to his digital company The Volume.

Brady “Mayz” Mays has made a name for himself on YouTube streaming himself playing the popular video game. According to Yahoo, Mays channel amassed upwards of 100,000 subscribers.

“I’ve had a total change of heart,” Cowherd said in an email to Sportico. “That business is so lucrative that parents these days might be telling their kids to STOP playing outside and go inside and play some video games.”

Cowherd added that Mays, 25, brings a different level of content to the table, and that was what drew their interest in the streamer.

“At The Volume, we comb the internet for people who cut through within a specific genre,” Cowherd said. “We wanted to find a unique talent in esports, starting with Madden, and at every turn, someone on the internet was pointing to Mayz.”

“I’m excited to bring a new, innovative style of content to the table,” Mays added. “Partnering with Colin and The Volume is a testament to the growth and legitimacy of the gaming industry today.”

Mays will be the first person hired by The Volume to stream on Twitch. The newest edition of the EA Sports Madden NFL franchise drops later this week.

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Amazon Tells Thursday Night Football Advertisers Not to Expect TV Ratings Numbers

Amazon is reportedly getting out in front of potentially lower ratings for coverage of the games than on traditional TV.

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Thursday Night Football

The clock is ticking down until Amazon Prime Video begins its run as the home for Thursday Night Football.

But with the shift to streaming, Amazon is reportedly getting out in front of potentially lower ratings for coverage of the games than on traditional TV.

According to Ad Age, the tech giant is anticipating 12.5 million viewers tuning in each week. Last season when the games aired on FOX, the audience peaked at 20 million.

So to help curb concerns from advertisers concerning lower viewership, Amazon is reportedly working with those brands and companies to leverage their NFL ad buys into broader e-commerce ads.

Ad Age reports the price of ad time on Thursdays on Amazon has also decreased compared to what they were going for with FOX. Amazon has asked in the ballpark of $500,000 for a 30-second spot, where FOX ads had an average price of $635,439.

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