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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Floats Buying Naming Rights For Florida Panthers Arena

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The Florida Panthers currently play their games at FLA Live Arena, which is a generic name due to the fact that the arena doesn’t currently have a naming rights sponsor. The Dan Le Batard Show considered changing that Friday, by putting their own name on the building.

“Is FLA Live at thing that I didn’t know about already?,” producer Billy Gil asked,

“No, I think they just made up a name because they don’t have a sponsor,” Chris Wittyngham said.

“Wait. Hold on a second. Why don’t we make it Meadowlark Arena? They don’t have a sponsor. Why don’t we sponsor an arena? Take Tyler Van Dyke’s money — that was a waste of money, no offense — and give that to them and see if for like $25,000 grand, we could just name an arena after ourselves until they get an actual sponsor,” Gil concluded.

“Landshark did that for a little bit, right? It was Landshark Stadium. I think it was even like half a season because they had some deal with Jimmy Buffet and Landshark Beer where he was part owner or whatever of the team. Can we sponsor an arena until they get a proper name?”

“Are there any sportsbooks that sponsor arenas that you can think of?,” Jessica Smetana asked. “Because I feel like that might be the one type of business that a sports team doesn’t want to associate with.”

After a discussion about whether teams and arenas wanted to be in business with sportsbooks, Gil reiterated his idea.

“I was thinking like Meadowlark Arena,” he said. Or if you guys don’t want in, we could make it like Stupodity Stadium or God Bless Football Arena.”

“What should we name it? Because right now, whatever we offer is going to be better than the $0 that they’re making,” asked Jeremy Tache.

“My presumption is — and David Samson has talked about this — they didn’t put a sponsor on Marlins Park for awhile ’cause they were holding out for an amount of money,” Gil added. So I don’t think they’ll want to devalue their naming rights too much to where they’re giving it away for like $25,000 a game. But we could make a call.”

“You’ll get a call if you leave a generic message. ‘Hey, I’m interested in naming rights’. Of course they’re gonna call you back! They don’t have naming rights!,” Stugotz exclaimed. “Once we get around to $25,000, they’re gonna hang up the phone on us.”

Smetana then said they could offer $30,000 per game, which the crew decided was too far out of their price range.

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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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