By Benjamin Mullin WSJ Joe Flint WSJ Mon., Jan. 28, 2019 Bill Simmons has heard talk in the media business that podcasting is a bubble, with cutbacks by some companies in the industry, like BuzzFeed and Panoply, signaling broader trouble. Mr. Simmons, founder of the sports and pop culture outlet The Ringer, isn’t buying it, and takes a dig at an NBA team to explain why. “If somebody didn’t succeed, I don’t think that says anything about the business,” Mr. Simmons said in an interview late last year. “You could look at basketball and say, ’Oh, the [Atlanta] Hawks stink...what’s going on with basketball?’ Nobody would ever do that.” Mr. Simmons, who launched the company three years ago after a 14-year run as one of ESPN’s most provocative commentators, has bet big on digital audio at The Ringer, with a network of 28 podcasts that garner about 35 million downloads a month. He is embracing his … [Read more...] about For Bill Simmons’s The Ringer, Podcasting Is the Main Event
All signs point to Baker Mayfield taking the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback job after he electrified in his debut and led the team to a win. While Mayfield earned the job, it could leave the Browns in an awkward spot with Tyrod Taylor. The Browns traded for Taylor, insisted he would be their starter, and even discussed giving him a contract extension. Taylor might be miffed at losing his job after he was pulled for a concussion, then sitting behind a rookie before he hits free agency. Baker Mayfield made his NFL debut on Thursday and electrified. Mayfield took the field after Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor left the game with a concussion. The stagnant Browns offence immediately kicked into high gear as Mayfield made a series of completions. He ended up finishing the game with 201 yards on 17-23 passing and a receiving 2-point conversion, all while setting up two running touchdowns from Carlos Hyde. The Browns beat the Jets, 21-17, getting their … [Read more...] about The Browns will hand the reins to Baker Mayfield after his explosive debut, but it could create an awkward situation
Jimmy Butler’s trade demand is the latest example of the dilemma all NBA teams face with star players who are approaching free agency. Teams must evaluate whether it’s worth trading for a player they can sign in free agency or if it’s worth giving up assets for a one-year “rental” of that player. There is also risk in not trading for a player because that player could be dealt elsewhere, then re-sign with that team, as the Los Angeles Lakers saw with Paul George. Jimmy Butler has reportedly requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it’s going to resurface one of the biggest dilemmas around the NBA. NBA players increasingly take their futures into their own hands in what The Ringer’s Bill Simmons has acutely titled “pre-agency.” For NBA teams with star players, discussions about the future have to start at least two years before their contracts are up. If teams have an inkling they won’t be able to re-sign … [Read more...] about Jimmy Butler’s trade demand once again forces NBA teams to face the biggest quandary with star players
Opinion PUBLISHED: 18:40 16 September 2018 | UPDATED: 19:04 16 September 2018 Nice hats, lads! Allan Hunter and Kevin Beattie having a a whale of a time after the 1978 FA Cup final win at Wembley, with coach Cyril Lea. Archant Mike Bacon remembers Kevin Beattie, from European nights at Portman Road, to the cricket pitches of Ipswich! ‘That white shirt is pristine pal. You iron it yourself?”Kevin Beattie laughs out loud and pats me on the back.It’s summer, some time back in the mid-90s, and ‘The Beat’ was turning out for a game of cricket at Bourne Vale, with members of the EADT sports department. He was the ‘ringer’ in our team in a game we hoped to win.I always enjoyed Kevin Beattie’s company, even though I was never as close to him as my former sports room colleagues, Mel Henderson, Elvin King, Dave Allard and Neal Manning.They were lucky enough to witness his career on the pitch from the press box and knew his brilliance as … [Read more...] about Kevin Beattie: European nights under the lights, and belting out ‘Beattie is back’!
The Oakland Raiders have made several questionable moves since hiring Jon Gruden to be their head coach. Over the weekend, the Raiders traded their best player in Khalil Mack. Trading Mack, along with several other moves, had the NFL world questioning their decision-making and valuing of draft picks. Gruden is an influential voice on the team, and some in the NFL wonder if it needs to be balanced by others. Just days before the start of the 2018 NFL season, things are looking rockier than ever for Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders. In the months since luring Gruden out of the booth with a 10-year, $US100 million contract, the Raiders have made a series of puzzling moves that have left some wondering if Gruden’s been out of the league too long to have such an influential voice in an organisation. The deal that could define Gruden’s tenure The most significant move, of course, was the Raiders’ decision to trade star defensive end Khalil Mack to the Chicago … [Read more...] about Jon Gruden’s tenure with the Raiders is off to a rocky start, and the NFL world is baffled