Podcast by The Hog Sty
We look at a number of heel turns in the world of sports business. First up is the people's champ of most despised villains Dan Snyder, as we head to SnyderWorld where Mr. Snyder is dodging congress and backsliding on stadium locales. Could the chance to sell for $5B+ entice him? The Broncos just established a new first floor in NFL franchise valuations. Next we have Vince McMahon, long experienced in playing the villain in his own league, exiting day to day control of the team as he is under investigation for paying a lover with company money. It's all playing out with a jester's flair for the ridiculous. We wrap with the Saudi Golf league, LIV and the recent players to bolt the PGA for new riches. Listen until end to learn what “LIV” stands for (or just Google it.)
We got ourselves an emergent theme today people: The public is tired of funding sports projects. First up we stop by the endless content generator that is Top Commander Daniel Snyder and his quest to have some governmental body fund his new stadium. The Panthers needed a practice facility upgrade so they hoped the 4th biggest city in the Charlotte market would fund it. Bankruptcy, failed bonds and no new facility are the result. We end marveling at the transparency of Ohio St's Ryan Day saying "We need $13M for NILs to be competitive." Respect.
Hey, how did Phil Mickelson do in the PGA Championship this past weekend? Oh that's right he pulled out after insulting the PGA, the Saudis, fellow players, his sponsors and well, get in line. We discuss the many news items in ESPN's article, It's a pretty big fall': How everything changed for Phil Mickelson in just one year. From league hopping, to court cases to $40M in gambling losses, we hit it all. Next we follow the ongoing saga of what NIL rules are doing to college sports, this time through a Fight Night Battle Royale between Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher with surprise guest, Neon Deon Sanders. A college football fight for the ages. We finish checking in on the status of minor league football in America, which is basically just checking out what The Rock is cooking.
We start off talking about the latest allegations of sexual misconduct against an NFL owner. No not Snyder, this time its Mark Davis of Da Raiders. Is Al's goofy son in danger? Next up we look at the ever increasing realities of an NIL world in college athletics. Is it destroying the myth of the scholarly athlete or bringing to light what has always been going on? We look at the case studies of Rutgers University and elite college QB recruiting. We end looking at how the cash is flowing again at the Kentucky Derby and an increase ratings for the NHL and NBA playoffs.
We start out talking about a series of NFL flexes as it enters Draft Week. This includes expanded PR around the schedule release, Christmas day games and their quest to create headlines 12 months of the year. From there what is left for the other leagues as they battle for the leftovers? We look at the NHL's increased interest in Northern and Central Europe and the Golden State Warriors new production company. We end by holding our noses and look at the latest in Dan Snyder news.
We spend most of the episode talking about various assaults on the NFL. Everything from Snyder's endless crimes & misdemeanors, to the new amendments to the Flores lawsuit and its two-pronged attack on the NFL and new political heat from 6 state Attorney Generals about workplace conditions. Can they hold? Are they truly teflon? Who goes first Ross or Snyder? We wrap it up talking about the sky high NCAA March Madness ratings. The show ends with Chris being one of a chorus of people telling Steve he needs to watch Winning Time!
The maker's of the King of Beer's are out as the Commanders brew provider and are the biggest sponsor to bail on Snyder. Is Fox Sports sending us messages by not retaining Aikman and Buck? We discuss if Murdoch Sr might be preparing to sell off the sports division like he did the movie studio. Now that we have labor harmony in MLB, details about the fiscal health of the league are surfacing. A list of the valuation of each team revealed that, surprise surprise, the top three are the Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox with the Yankees valued over six billion dollars. We sneak in a little Deshawn Watson to the Browns fall-out with owner Jimmy Haslem seemingly distancing himself from the decision to trade for the controversial QB.
Baseball is back, baby! We discuss the details, winners, losers and what's next from the new MLB labor agreement. Next up we do some legal updates on the ongoing Deshaun Watson saga and the recent victory for the US Women Soccer team's quest for equal pay. We finish up talking about one of our favorite topics, the NFL as a television show. We look at Captain Hairplug, Joe Buck's jump to ESPN to join his booth--mate Troy Aikmen and the how Apple is the leader in the clubhouse to be the next provider for the NFL Sunday Ticket.
In the game of quarterback musical chairs, while Washington didn't end up without a seat, they seemed to have landed in the chair that wobbles the most. The team parts way with Landon Collins after needing to create cap space. A lot of draft previews and free-agent previews for this week
We come to you from a rift between light, sound and time...in the Lockout Zone. By the time you listen to this there may in-fact be a delayed start to MLB's season. We discuss the progress on key issues and figure the stone remains cold into Spring. Next up we discuss the knock-on effects of Troy Aikman's defection to ESPN and what changes might result. Spoiler Alert: Sean McVay will remain the head coach of the Rams. Speaking of the World Wide Leader, it looks like them strapping on the skates and getting back on the ice has been good for them, the NHL and might be the new playbook for sports broadcast rights contracts. Oh, and the Angels have a drug problem.
It's a rogue's gallery of topics as we start out with a Deja Vu all over again segment and go through the latest on Dan Snyder's misadventures. Did we really just see the "Who is investigating the team" saga play out exactly like it did before? Yes, yes we did. This flows seamlessly into a discussion of the Brian Flores lawsuit. Could we two owners on their way out of the league? Will Flores ever coach again? We finish up with the police blotter as we look at the criminal behavior of Deshazor Everett and Alvin Kamara.
The Commanders is now the name, but the hog sty will never change. Jamual, Steve and Alex break down the new name, new uniforms, and everything. And on the eve of congress's “roundtable,” HBO has released a new slew of accusations from former employees.
We try to find the gas-line to baseball's cold stove league but the lock out has everything on ice. New playoff formats? Different free agency rules? A higher luxury tax? Its all on the table. We stay in America's old favorite past time and look at museum about baseball without Bonds, Clemens and the rest of the steroid era players. We also look at the WFT momentum in Virginia, the Arizona Coyotes playing in a 5k seat arena, and look at Netflix's 4th quarter performance. What we are saying is, its an action packed episode!
We have a stable of good topics as we lead off with Steve reading the tea leaves for a Washington Football Team name in federal trademark filings. Next we marvel at the ratings rebound of the NFL and begrudgingly admit that the Cowboys being good is part of that. Have you ever been to the horse race track, because that is the stadium experience you can begin to expect in your NFL stadium experience over the next few years. We close updating a story we have tracked for years now and that is the inevitable sale of The Athletic. It turns out the buyer is the New York Times, do they have ESPN/Disney in their sights? Ask Adam Schefter.