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Rich Eisen: Podcast, Show Grew From Things I Couldn’t Do On NFL Network

“It’s a show about pop culture. It’s clearly very sports-heavy, but it’s about the topics du jour.”

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During Super Bowl XXXVIII back in February 2004, everyone remembers the halftime incident involving Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. However, does anyone remember the commercial that came right after that? Rich Eisen does.

Eisen was a guest on The Adam Schein Podcast recently and he mentioned how the first commercial for NFL Network took place during that Super Bowl, but not a lot of people remember it because of when the spot occurred on CBS.

“The first Super Bowl we did in Houston, we were so excited. We had our first NFL Network commercial all queued up. It was a classic. It was Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones going to sing “Tomorrow” from Annie with all of the stars of the game because it was the first offseason for the NFL Network that tomorrow, everyone would be 0-0 again. It was just a genius spot. We were so excited and nobody saw it because it was the first thing you saw after Janet Jackson had her you know what exposed. It was as if our commercial never existed.”

That moment ended up getting Eisen to think about sports being a part of everything that is pop culture and he wanted to bring that to the NFL Network. However, it ended up being unsuccessful.

“It dawned upon me very quickly while working for the NFL and talking about the sport 24/7/365 that the hugest event for the NFL and thus the most popular sporting event exported by the United States and around the globe is stopped in the middle for a rock concert and nobody bats an eyelash. Nobody. And frequently that’s what talked about more than the actual Super Bowl.”

“So, I thought to myself there’s a reason for that and that’s because sports is just part of the pop culture landscape as a movie, a TV Show, a song, a book, an album. So, I wanted to talk about this sort of stuff on NFL Network. Didn’t really fit. We tried to have celebrity guest picking segments and some celebrities didn’t really know the NFL. It was tough to get them on….I tried to create something for that and it just didn’t really work on NFL Network. That’s why I created my podcast in 2011 and that grew out from there into my daily show in 2014.”

While Eisen told Schein that his show, The Rich Eisen Show on Roku is a sports-heavy show, he also wants to bring the world of pop culture into the conversation and have conversations just about life.

“It’s a show about pop culture. It’s clearly very sports-heavy, but it’s about the topics du jour. It’s about life sometimes where we will have arguments about how much time you have to say goodbye at a party. We just had literally an 8-minute conversation about that stupidity the other day. That’s what I love doing.”

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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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