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Will Cain Teases Sports Media Future

“I will tell you. I will be back in sports in the future on a more concerted and calculated approach in the not-too-distant future.”

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While Will Cain is no longer at ESPN, the co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend on FOX News still finds a way to talk about some sports on his podcast, The Will Cain Podcast on FOX News Audio. Yes, being in sports media is in the past for Cain, but he hasn’t ruled out a return.

Cain was a guest on the latest episode of the Straight Fire with Jason McInyre podcast and Cain told McIntyre that he will be back to the world of sports media in the future.

“I haven’t left the world of sports completely. Although I talk about politics primarily, I host a three times a week podcast, The Will Cain Podcast, where I address some level of sports on every episode.

“I will tell you. I will be back in sports in the future on a more concerted and calculated approach in the not-too-distant future.”

Cain still tunes in to a lot of sports content and he enjoys listening to Barstool Sports because of the joy they have just talking about sports in general.

“Now that I’m away and I’m not literally in the building on a day-to-day basis, it’s interesting how my consumption habits have changed. I consume as much sports as I ever did, but I’m not necessarily tuned in to the latest bit of punditry. Sports has returned to really what it always should be and that is it’s just fun. I think the future with a digital platform content distribution model is going to feed fans more of what they want.

“I find myself these days consuming Jersey Jerry from Barstool. I find myself more tuned to what Big Cat is saying. I find myself more interested in the guys that come at sports with nothing but joy. When I do return to sports….that’s going to be at the front of what I have to do. Fandom and joy.”

The one problem Cain sees in sports media is that he sees commentators creating content for other content creators rather than for fans and that some commentators he feels look for the approval of athletes in what they say.

“The biggest problem in sports, I knew it when I was there and I can see it now that I’m not inside the beast, is that sports has left behind the fan. We produce content for each other and Twitter has made it the worst….I just think everybody started producing content not just for other pundits, but for the athlete. I just want to be accepted, I want the athlete to think I’m cool. It became who had the right sources and who has the most correct information…It all left behind the fan. Whatever I do in the future, it will be for the fan.”

McIntyre did ask Cain about whether or not he missed being at ESPN and talking sports daily. Cain said he did, but there was one thing he missed more.

“Yes, I do….I loved my job at ESPN. I loved debating with Stephen A Smith on First Take. I loved hosting The Will Cain Show on ESPN Radio and I loved specifically being around the group of guys, my producers and my cast on The Will Cain Show everyday because it just was a group of dudes talking sports, having fun every day.”

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Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.

Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.

LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.

On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.

Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?

“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”

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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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