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Ken Rosenthal Discusses Bowtie Origins

“They said they wanted me in a bow tie for the World Series. I had never worn one in my life.”

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When you watch Ken Rosenthal report from the dugout on FOX or FS1, he is usually wearing a unique bowtie that represents a signature charity. The MLB insider has been wearing bow ties during games for a decade, but it wasn’t always his decision to do that.

On the latest episode of the Starting 9 podcast with Barstool Carl and Jake Arrieta, Rosenthal said that it was the higher-ups at FOX that ordered him to start wearing bowties in October 2012: 

“I wasn’t inspired. I was ordered. FOX ordered me. I believe it was the 2012 NLCS (Giants-Phillies) and the order came down from the highest power on FOX Sports. They said they wanted me in a bow tie for the World Series. I had never worn one in my life. I started wearing them for the World Series with the help from some people at FOX, who would tie them for me because I did not know how to tie them.”

After that season, Rosenthal said he ran into a former football player who had a non-profit organization that asked Rosenthal to wear the bowties for different causes and it allowed him to make the best of the situation.

“That winter, a former football player named Dhani Jones approached me and he had this non-profit foundation called The Bowtie Cause. What they do is design bowties in partnership with various charities and he wanted me to be the person that represented them. At first, I was resistant. I didn’t want to wear the bowties ever again, but then I had a rare revelation. You know what, FOX is going to make me do this again, so I might as well get control of it.”

Rosenthal mentioned that FOX wanted him to wear the bow ties so he would be noticeable when people watched on TV. While the network ended up proven right, he wanted his work to do the talking, not the outfit.

“The idea that the people at FOX had initially was to make me stand out and that was the purpose of it. I hated that. To me, it’s the work that’s supposed to make you stand out….They ultimately were proven right because it does make me stand out and we turned it into a good thing for good causes.”

As for his reporting, Rosenthal prefers writing stories over breaking news because it’s not going to be something that another writer can confirm. However, he told the duo he understands people go to Twitter to see what news he’s going to break next.

“Over the years, I have done the breaking news and I’m sort of known for that as well. Yet, as more time goes by, the value of that seems to be less. Even if I break the biggest story I can think of today, that story will be mine for 2 minutes maybe before somebody else confirms it and the whole world has it. I still do it and there are certain kinds of stories that you can write that maybe no one else can touch and that’s a good break because it’s not a transaction.”

“There are a lot of people who follow on Twitter and that’s what they want, so that’s part of the job too.”

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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