DraftKings will provide a new component to Sunday’s 2022 NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket reveal for sports bettors.
The sportsbook announced that it will offer extensive sports betting coverage of the Tournament match-ups through the DraftKings YouTube channel and VSiN (Vegas Sports Information Network) as they’re unveiled. Through those outlets, viewers can get thorough analysis of the opening betting lines for each NCAA Tournament game, in addition to real-time reaction, and breaking news coverage from DraftKings and VSiN experts and personalities.
DraftKings’ programming lineup for its YouTube channel during the bracket announcement is as follows:
Line Drop: The Bracket presented by KFC, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET – Hosted by DraftKings’ Jessie Coffield and Julian Edlow, with VSiN’s Stormy Buonantony and Tim Murray, the betting experts will analyze the opening betting lines for the Tournament matchups as they’re announced. Also appearing on the program will be Stugotz (from The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz), VSiN’s Josh Appelbaum, and DraftKings’ Johnny Avello, with Mike Golic Sr. and Jessica Smetana (whose podcast debuts March 17) giving their predictions.
Line Drop: The Bracket presented by KFC, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET – Continuing coverage of NCAA Tournament match-ups and betting lines, the second hour will feature several personalities from Meadowlark Media. Tom Haberstroh, Peter Keating, and Jordan Brenner will appear, in addition to Dan Le Batard and Stugotz providing commentary. Kate Fagan and Jessica Smetana will also break down the NCAA Women’s Tournament break, looking at players and storylines to follow.
Beginning at 7 p.m. ET, VSiN will air Tournament Betting Breakdown on VSIN.com. During the six-hour broadcast, hosts and experts will offer picks to help fans fill out their 2022 Tournament brackets. Stormy Buonantony and Tim Murray will provide exclusive betting data to help determine favorites, likely upsets, and “Cinderella stories” to follow. Also appearing throughout the program will be Jonathan Von Tobel, Amal Shah, Shaun King, Matt Youmans, and Greg “Hoops” Peterson with analysis of all 68 teams, best bets, and analysis on mid-majors.
VSiN will also offer a 2022 Bracket Strategy Guide and Tournament Betting guide for bettors, both of which will be available beginning Monday, March 14 at VSIN.com/Madness.
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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network
“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”
Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.
“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”
Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.
“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”
Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’
“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.
In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.
The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”
He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO
“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).
DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.
Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.
“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”
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