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Kendrick Perkins, Marcus Spears Team Up For Podcast

“ESPN has added seven new shows to their podcast network since July, which houses 35 shows and launched in 2005.”

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ESPN is pairing two of its biggest personalities together for their own podcast. Kendrick Perkins and Marcus Spears are hosting Swagu and Perk on the ESPN Podcast Network.

The weekly show features all the antics and banter between Spears and Perkins surrounding the NBA and NFL. They’ll also mix in entertaining stories from their time in the NBA and NFL, along with their day-to-day lives.

“I’m excited to co-host Swagu & Perk with Kendrick,” said Spears in a press release. “We will be chopping it up about football and basketball of course, yet it will be more about life, growing up in Louisiana (for him Texas) and this journey we are both on as Black men, fathers, and husbands in today’s America. Can’t wait to have listeners hear us break down what’s happening in the world and most importantly – laugh with us. This will be fun above all else.”

The show debuts on Oct. 25 and joins one of the strongest podcast offerings in sports media. ESPN has grown its podcasting platform significantly over the past five years.

“Can’t wait for the world to hear me and my bro Big Swagu,” Perkins said about the project. “We’re about to bring a different flavor to the podcast world and we’ll be talking about anything and everything culturally relevant in sports, entertainment, and the world! deep-fried to be Cajun rubbed and deep fried in authenticity…get your popcorn ready!”

ESPN has added seven new shows to their podcast network since July, which houses 35 shows and launched in 2005. This project won’t take away any air time from Perkins or Spears. The former is making regular appearances on NBA Today throughout this season and will join the Wednesday edition of NBA Countdown starting in February.

Spears is a regular panelist on NFL Live and appears on Get Up. ESPN is banking that their infectious energy can entertain audiences on a whole different medium.

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Twitter Seriously Looking At Sports Betting Options

“The company is learning that fans want to talk about sports on Twitter and not necessarily watch games there.”

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Twitter is experiencing growth in sports, and it’s sparked considerations on the sports betting front as well. According to Front Office Sports, tweets sent on the social media platform during NFL games are up 11% this year and unique college football tweeters are up 35%.

The company is learning that fans want to talk about sports on Twitter and not necessarily watch games there.

“We’ve learned significantly over the years of what is the best use case for live on Twitter for our users,” Twitter U.S. Sports Partnerships manager David Herman told FOS. “It’s not like ‘live’ doesn’t exist with our partnerships, it’s just not necessarily the full game like it was in many of those early executions. That’s from learning both what our users like and what advertisers are interested in.”

One example Herman brought up is Twitter’s airing of the first five minutes from FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff. The stream features a fan poll that picks which camera that broadcast is shown on.

Another large growth area for engagement has been sports betting. Twitter told FOS that sports-betting-related tweets are up 22% this season.

“Every single day, there’s more and more conversation and more and more happening in the sports betting world,” Herman said. “We think Twitter is a platform that plays well into gambling-related conversations. We’re live. We’re real-time. That’s what betting is. Betting and gambling have long been a core component of sports conversations on Twitter. Now things are legalized, more sports betting brands can be advertisers on Twitter than in the past, and as leagues are partners with official betting operators, it’s getting more visibility and exposure on a daily basis.”

Don’t be surprised if the social media platform experiments with its own sportsbook technology.

“We are consistently looking for new ways to enhance the user experience, and at some point, as it relates to betting, that could be great,” Herman said. “There are a lot of complicated components for us. There are only certain states where it’s legal so far, so we are still evaluating the space as a whole.”

Read the full story from FOS here.

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Scottie Pippen Writes That Michael Jordan Ruined Basketball

“I may go as far to say Mike ruined basketball.”

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Scottie Pippen has had a lot of ridiculous things to say about former teammate and NBA legend Michael Jordan, and it seems that he is not done yet.

Pippen recently released his memoir, Unguarded which challenges a lot of what Pippen believes was wrong in The Last Dance documentary, which Michael Jordan had editorial control over.

You have to buy the book though to read Scottie Pippen’s most shocking critique of Michael Jordan.

“I may go as far to say Mike ruined basketball,” Pippen writes. “In the 80s on the playgrounds, you’d have everyone moving the ball around — passing to help the team. That stopped in the 90s. Kids wanted to be ‘Like Mike.’ Well, Mike didn’t want to pass, didn’t want to rebound, or defend the best player. He wanted everything done for him.”

This sounds like the same type of people who say Stephen Curry ruined the game of basketball with how many three-point attempts he makes every game. On the contrary, both of them transformed the game of basketball into a game where guards are much more of a focal point than before.

And that is just on the court. Off of it, Jordan transcended the game of basketball and brought it into the spotlight. Without him, it is extremely possible that we wouldn’t view the game the same way in the national media as we do today.

Scottie Pippen also said that he was a far better teammate than Michael Jordan, which is just as hard to believe as his first statement considering Scottie wouldn’t take the court in the final seconds of a playoff game against the Knicks because the winning play was drawn up for Tony Kukoc and not him in the year Jordan retired.

Plenty of sports media commentators have said that Scottie seems very jealous in the passages of Unguarded that have been released.

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Barstool CEO Erika Nardini Offers Career Advice On Instagram

“Nardini has been the CEO at Barstool Sport for a little over five years after the company relocated from Boston to New York City.”

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini has a wide range of experience in the business world and offered some advice over that time to curious Token CEO podcast listeners on Instagram.

Nardini has been the CEO at Barstool Sport for a little over five years after the company relocated from Boston to New York City. Here are a few of the advice nuggets she handed out on the AMA.

“Never!!” Nardini said when asked how late is too late for career switching in the corporate world. “Do your thing; just have reasonable expectations about how hard it’s going to be & how long it will take. Also, have expectations for learning/growing and having fun. Change is good.”

Nardini graduated from Colby College in 1998 with a B.S. in sociology and philosophy and immediately jumped into a career at Fidelity Investments after interning at the company.

“Definitely!” Nardini’s said when asked if it’s ok to DM someone at a company after applying. “Only once tho or they’ll think you’re creepy.”

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy named Nardini the company’s first CEO in 2016 while appointing himself chief of content.

“Be experimental,” the Barstool Sports CEO said when asked about general tips for moving up in a career. “Be highly communicative, listen, make a plan, and execute.”

Nardini left Fidelity in 2001 and has since worked the majority of her time in the tech field before joining Barstool Sports. She has had stints with Microsoft, Yahoo!, and AOL.

“I struggle with this,” Nardini said when asked how to set and reach milestones. “It’s hard to create structure when you’re growing so fast. I’m trying to improve here. A small number of goals and clear metrics seems to work best; we’ll see…”

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