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Dan Dakich: Adam Silver Has ‘The Media On His Side’, Defends Nick Friedell

“Nick Friedell is one of the great, great, great dudes,” Dakich said. “Not a fantastic friend of mine, but I’ve known Nick.”

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Kyrie Irving attempted to rectify in some fashion on Thursday the situation stemming from his deleted tweet giving a platform to an antisemitic movie. He and the Brooklyn Nets collectively gave $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. Irving spoke to reporters where he reiterated his comments from earlier in the week that he respects people’s religious beliefs and that he isn’t an antisemite. But Dan Dakich of Outkick didn’t believe the donations were sincere.

He said on his show Don’t @ Me that he thought it was all baloney, and that he couldn’t believe NBA commissioner Adam Silver hadn’t directly spoken out against Irving despite many calling for Irving to be disciplined.

“I got two words for ya, my backside. Let me tell you something. It’s garbage that he did this, it’s garbage that he hasn’t been suspended,” Dakich said. “It’s garbage that he can buy his way out, and it’s more garbage that the quote most woke, most inclusive and oh by the way Jewish commissioner in basketball is too afraid of his players to say anything.

“He’s got the media on his side. But the truth of the matter is not a word out of this guy. Not one word,” he added.

Dakich went to the defense of ESPN reporter Nick Friedell, whose back and forth with Irving earlier this week sparked a firestorm about the Nets star presumably holding antisemitic beliefs.

“Nick Friedell is one of the great, great, great dudes,” Dakich said. “Not a fantastic friend of mine, but I’ve known Nick.”

But Dakich, who noted his brother married into a Jewish family and that his niece and nephew are Jewish, found it hard to fathom that Silver, who is also Jewish, would let Irving’s actions and words go unchecked and undisciplined.

“It offends me like no other that this jackass — this dumbass — can go out say whatever he wants – promote whatever he wants – and you buy your way out of it and not one word from Adam Silver,” he said. “Not a word, and if he said a word then I missed it. You tell me where.”

At the time of Dakich’s show Silver and the league office had remained silent. But just after 11:00 AM on Thursday the NBA released a statement from Silver, who said he was disappointed Irving did not apologize or denounce the content of the film he promoted.

Silver plans to meet with Irving soon to further discuss the situation.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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