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Fanatics Plans To Operate Sports Betting in 15-20 States

“We’ll be in every major state other than New York, where you can’t make money, by next football season” he said.

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The Fanatics sports wagering platform will be coming online at the start of next year, and that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Speaking at the Sports Business Journal/CAA World Congress of Sports, company CEO Michael Rubin said the plan is to go live with its mobile sportsbook in January, with plans to have a presence in more than 15 states by the time the next NFL campaign kicks off.

We’ll be in every major state other than New York, where you can’t make money, by next football season” he said. “We do like to make money, by the way. It’s this crazy concept in business — where we have revenue, we try to have profits that follow it.

Fanatics currently has a $20 billion valuation and has grown into a merchandising juggernaut. Thanks to licensing deals with all four major U.S. pro sports as well as the NCAA and Major League Soccer, Fanatics has positioned itself as the go-to for all your fan gear needs.

The company also has 48 brick and mortar stores globally, including stadium and arenas across the country.

But Rubin wants the brand to be even bigger. On top of the sports betting and merchandising, Rubin sees an opportunity in the fantasy sports and NFT space for the company to be a one-stop digital shop for fans.

“I’ve been publicly saying I think those three businesses alone could be $8 billion even in the next decade, which is a pretty massive number at the top,” he said. “Profits, not revenue. So we’re really bullish.”

“There really isn’t another company today that is working to build an end-to-end digital sports platform,” Rubin told Colin Cowherd in an interview for his podcast on The Volume back in August. “A place where one day you can bet on the games as you are watching them live, buy the jersey, get a collectible, an NFT or a ticket. We really want to give the sports fan everything they want in one place. That’s a massive opportunity.”

But Rubin noted that this isn’t a sprint. He knows when BetFanatics launches, they will have to work even harder to lure customers away from their competitors who already have been operating in the space for several years now. It’s all part of a five to ten year plan.

“Things don’t happen overnight. So I think in five years that’s where we’ll be, and we’ll do it on a very calculated basis,” he said. “We’re not in a rush to do everything at once, because if you do that you screw it up.”

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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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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