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Channing Frye Retells ‘Road Trippin’ Origins

“Road Trippin’ was something we did during that championship year that was just supposed to be practice for Richard Jefferson.”

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Back in 2016, Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson were both on the Cleveland Cavaliers team that won the franchise’s first championship. During that season, they both started the Road Trippin’ podcast with then Cavaliers sideline reporter Allie Clifton, and the two players have gone on to premier broadcasting jobs once their NBA careers ended.

Frye was a guest on the latest edition of the Sports Business Radio podcast and he explained that he was only going to be a guest on Jefferson’s podcast to help Jefferson get some broadcasting practice. Then, Frye all of a sudden had to jump into a different role

Road Trippin’ was something we did during that championship year that was just supposed to be practice for Richard Jefferson. Richard called me in the hotel and said hey, I need to practice because I want to get into broadcasting when I’m done. Come up here and let me interview you. I’ve got Allie up here. I was like, I’m not coming up there unless you feed me and give me a bottle of wine.”

“We go up to the training room and there’s one mic. We are sitting there and getting ready to start…then Kyrie walks in…He comes and sits down. I turned into one of the hosts and that’s how it actually started.”

Frye mentioned that he loves to talk basketball and sports in general. However, when he is giving his analysis and criticisms on the game, he tries to keep it strictly to what he is seeing on the court only.

“I always want to do right by the player. I’m going to call it how I see it, but I’m trying my best at all times to never talk about the person, only the product that’s out there. I think sometimes a lot of broadcasters kind of melt into that area by talking about the player instead of the product that the player put out there. I think we have to keep those things separate especially in today’s age because guys are very sensitive to that because of how much that is happening to them on social media or other broadcasts.”

When Frye is hosting his show Handles on social media, his goal is to show clips of every game, even for the ones where two bad teams might be playing.

“For my show Handles on Fridays, I have 4-5 games going on TVs and I am sitting there with 2-3 other people and we are choosing the games and the clips to pull. I think regardless of your record, each team deserves to get looked at. If you remember old school ESPN would play a clip of every single game that was on. I think we need to get back to that…Those players are all pros. They get paid. They deserved to get shown especially if they have good highlights or especially if they are playing well. Sometimes, your team stinks, but you are good.”

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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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