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Willie Colon: Had ‘Skewed’ View Of Media As Player

“I wasn’t anti-media, but I was just like half of these guys don’t know what the hell they are talking about.”

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon had a successful nine-year career in the NFL. He has carried that success into broadcasting with his work on Jets PreGame and Jets PostGame Live on SNY in addition to the roles he has had at Barstool Radio and currently on SIRIUSXM on the Morning Men show.

However, Colon wasn’t exactly sure right away if being in the media was going to be the right move for him. On the Courtside Club with Rachel DeMita podcast, Colon said it was his wife who watched him do work at SNY and thought he could do great if he put in the time and effort.

“I was very bitter when I left the field because I left the field injured and forced to leave because my knees went bad on me. I was in a grey space about what I wanted to do next. I was doing a couple of hits on SNY and my wife was like hey man, if you take this seriously, you can be really good at it.”

One of the reasons Colon was unsure about becoming a member of the media was because he saw players who were not accepted back into the locker room they were once a part of as players because of things that they said.

“Part of my pushback was I still wanted to play. I wasn’t anti-media, but I was just like half of these guys don’t know what the hell they are talking about. I don’t want to be that guy. The guys who were leaving the field and getting into that space, some of those guys weren’t welcomed back into the locker room because they were talking too much, letting go of house secrets, putting the team that they formerly played for in weird positions. I had a very skewed position of what my role would be in the media.”

As Colon has become more comfortable in his second career, he realizes he can tell the difference with which broadcasters are sincere about their takes and which just want the headlines.

“It took me a lot to just be comfortable in front of the camera and be comfortable in what I was going to say and how I was going to deliver my message. When I got on the other side of the fence, I realized there are professionals who do care about their takes and how they go about their stuff and then there are guys who cut on you because they want to be in the headlines.”

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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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