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Dan Le Batard Says Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski Have Become Bigger Than ESPN

““Does it matter to you in any way that Brian Windhorst is doing that meme thing of pointing for 2.5 minutes because it would appear that there is a culture of fear at ESPN where it’s got to be the reporting is Woj’s. Woj is our lead guy. Everyone fears Woj.”

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On Wednesday’s edition of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, the topic that was discussed in the first hour of the program was about how sports news is broken by some of the top insiders in the business. This was in response to the feature that was done in The Washington Post about Adam Schefter.

During the segment, Le Batard mentioned that he believes there is a lot of fear at ESPN. Plus, he believes that both Schefter and Woj have become bigger than ESPN itself:

“Does it matter to you in any way that Brian Windhorst is doing that meme thing of pointing for 2.5 minutes because it would appear that there is a culture of fear at ESPN where it’s got to be the reporting is Woj’s. Woj is our lead guy. Everyone fears Woj. Everyone fears disappointing Woj. Everyone fears running askew of Woj’s sources or preventing Woj from doing his job correctly.”

“There is no disputing that however it is Schefter and Woj get their information, they’ve become bigger than the network. That power can be abused if indeed it’s so that everyone is fearing so much. Windhorst, there’s not a story like Windhorst in the history of ESPN. Windhorst has been great at his job for 20 years. He’s very careful about how he reports his news and he makes sure that he’s got the proper context on it.”

In fact, Le Batard also said that information in this day and age in journalism has become currency and it has allowed Woj and Shams Charania from The Athletic and Stadium to be the two people that are mostly associated with breaking NBA news:

“Information is a currency like we’ve never seen before in this realm where Shams and Woj and whether someone wins by 43 seconds makes them the only 2 guys you think of in this sphere because somehow Woj, who does his job in a way that I’ve never understood. I’ve marveled at how that man could be that good at the acquisition of information and have wondered how he does that?”

However, in the opinion of Stugotz, there are not many who care how the information pops up or who is the one that gets to break the news first, he just cares about the actual news itself:

“I just want the information. I don’t care how the sausage is made. Just give me the information that’s important to me and give it to me as quickly as possible. In fact, I don’t even care about how quickly you give it to me. I don’t do the thing oh Woj got to it first, Shams got to it first. When it shows up in my timeline, whoever sent it out sent it out. I’m not comparing the two and I think most people who care about sports and the information and don’t care about how these people get their information, that’s all they care about.”

With that being said, let’s just say Stugotz had strong feelings about Woj towards the end of the segment based on something he used to see while he was at ESPN:

I am tired of people being intimidated by you. I am tired of people being scared of you. I am tired of people walking around eggshells on the Bristol campus….You do not have a monopoly on NBA news. If other people want to report it, feel free to report it. I am tired and I felt this a bit when I was there of people walking on eggshells around Woj. They can’t report NBA news. Their jobs are to be reporters, to be journalists and they aren’t doing their jobs because Woj is getting in the way.”

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Big Cat: Listening to ESPN Wisconsin After Packers Playoff Loss ‘Highlight of My NFL Season’

“For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

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During a recent interview with Barstool Sports, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a poignant question for noted Chicago Bears fan Dan “Big Cat” Katz that he then used to slam the Packers quarterback while also expressing his enjoyment for Green Bay fans.

“Is it hard, for you as a Bears fan, that some of your greatest moments are cheering against me when the Bears aren’t playing?”, the Packers quarterback half-jokingly asked.

“Very good question,” Katz responded. “No, it’s actually great, because what I’ve told everyone is — I’m very realistic about the Bears — ‘not a great franchise, (the Bears) just don’t do the right things’ for the most part. Every year I look forward to the playoffs and the game that you’re going to lose. I’ve told this story on air, but, when you guys lost to San Francisco this year we were watching the game in New Jersey and I drove back to Brooklyn — brag — and I listened to (Mark) Tauscher. For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

Rodgers laughed at Big Cat as he delivered the message, seemingly getting genuine joy out of the conversation.

“I know I’m a loser,” Katz continued. “That’s the best part. I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m a loser, so yes, watching you lose in the playoffs is…that’s my Super Bowl. And I’ve won a lot of Super Bowls if you do it that way. More than you.”

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Michael Silver Joins San Francisco Chronicle

“I’m ecstatic to join forces with some of my favorite journalists and be part of a publication I’ve been devouring for decades — in the greatest region on Earth,” Silver told The Chronicle.

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Veteran NFL reporter Michael Silver is joining The San Francisco Chronicle as their newest NFL columnist.

Silver will continue his work with The Volume, Bally Sports, and Backstage Media in addition to adding a column with the Chronicle.

“I’m ecstatic to join forces with some of my favorite journalists and be part of a publication I’ve been devouring for decades — in the greatest region on Earth,” Silver told The Chronicle. “It will be a thrill to write columns alongside Scott Ostler, a living legend, and my amazingly talented friend Ann Killion, who I’ve dreamed of working with since we were competing on the 49ers beat in the early ’90s. … As a native San Franciscan, this feels like home.

Silver has previously written for Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, GQ, NFL Network, and Yahoo! Sports, among others. He’s also authored books on Jerry Rice, Kurt Warner, and Dennis Rodman.

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Skip Bayless Tries to Win Debate Rounds ‘Like Muhammad Ali’

“I must admit I have been known upon rare occasion to try to win a debate the way Ali won rounds with a flurry at the end trying to get the last word also going through the stop or wrap sign.”

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When people watch debate shows, they sometimes don’t want the debate to end. However, bills have to get paid and commercials have to be shown. However, when is the right time for a debate show to air a commercial? On the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show, Skip was asked in an email by a listener about when he and Shannon Sharpe know to go to a debate on UNDISPUTED on FS1. Bayless said the show has more room to roam in the first two hours, but eventually, he gets the signal from his line producer.

“We loosely plan on 22-23 minutes in what we call our A block. We block out 25-ish minutes for our B block, which is the only block in the show that has two topics in it.”

“Our line producer in the control room, Nick, who is in our ears. He tries to sense along the trail when we are winding down or when we are trying to push the clock too far. His first cue to us in our ears, he tries to avoid speaking when we are speaking, the first cue is ‘start to wrap’. Then, a minute or so later, he says ‘wrap’. If we continue to not wrap, maybe we get a much stronger ‘wrap’.”

However, it might not be easy for Bayless and Sharpe to end the debate, especially if they both want to be the one who wins the argument. So, sometimes, they can easily go past the hard wrap sign that is given.

“Sometimes the guy sitting across from me at the debate desk gets all worked up and barrels right through that stop sign. I must admit I have been known upon rare occasion to try to win a debate the way Ali won rounds with a flurry at the end trying to get the last word also going through the stop or wrap sign,” said Bayless.

If there is one thing that Bayless is proud of, it’s the fact that UNDISPUTED has never gone past the allotted time, which allows The HERD with Colin Cowherd to begin on schedule.

“I must tell you not in 6 years have we ever not finished a show right on time. Not once have we pushed Colin over the cliff as he begins his show. That is just not acceptable.” 

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