How Dan Le Batard 24-hour marathon fared with listeners. And Wade, Bosh on Heat future

A six-pack of media notes on a Thursday:

Dan Le Batard’s 24-hour streaming extravaganza, dubbed Freedumb, was a rousing success, drawing nearly three million views across YouTube Live and social platforms.

On average, listeners tuned in for more than 45 minutes, with the total watch time nearing 430,000 hours.

Le Batard, who left ESPN earlier this year, opted for a 24-hour programming buffet to promote his new $50 million-plus partnership with DraftKing, a sports wagering site.

Le Batard and former ESPN president John Skipper in January announced the creation of Meadowlark Media, a new content company. In April, DraftKings and Meadowlark announced a content, distribution, monetization and sponsorship agreement with Meadowlark centered on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.

DraftKings agreed to pay Meadowlark at least $50 million over three years.

The lively 24-hour marathon included segments with Pat Riley, Jim Rome, Bob Costas, Adam McKay, Michael Schur,

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Former ESPN Host Joining Dan Le Batard’s Company

Dan Le Batard talking about President Trump.

Dan Le Batard talking about President Trump.

Former ESPN host and anchor Adnan Virk is joining Dan Le Batard’s Meadowlark Media company as a contributor, according to The Wrap.

Virk, who has been with DAZN and MLB Network the last two years, will start at Meadowlark this summer. His “Cinephile” podcast will become part of the network and he’s also set to make appearances on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.”

Virk worked for ESPN from 2010 until February 2019, when he was terminated following an investigation into media leaks of ESPN information.

While with the Worldwide Leader, he hosted Baseball Tonight, ESPN College Football and College Football Final as well as SportsCenter and Outside The Lines.

Le Batard formed Meadowlark Media with ex-ESPN boss John Skipper following his departure from the Worldwide Leader in January.

In addition to Virk, Meadowlark has secured Le Batard’s former ESPN colleague

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Jemele Hill, Mike Schur Join as Advisers to John Skipper and Dan Le Batard’s Sports-Focused Meadowlark Media

Jemele Hill and Mike Schur have thrown in with Meadowlark Media, the content studio startup focused on sports creators headed by former ESPN boss John Skipper and ex-ESPN host Dan Le Batard.

Earlier this month Skipper exited his post as executive chairman of sports-streaming company DAZN to focus on Meadowlark Media, which he launched in January with Le Batard. Hill in 2018 left ESPN, where she had cohosted an edition of “SportsCenter,” and is now a contributing writer at The Atlantic. Schur is creator of sitcom “The Good Place” and co-created “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Parks and Recreation” after serving as a writer and producer on “The Office.”

In their advisory roles, Hill and Schur will “participate in idea generation for new Meadowlark projects,” as well as provide guidance and feedback on in-progress projects, according to the company. They’ll also assist in business development efforts on an ongoing basis.

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Lions introduce new coach Dan Campbell in wildly entertaining press conference

This scene from new Lions coach Dan Campbell’s press conference was legendary originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Detroit Lions will be a more entertaining team next season, but that might not have anything to do with their on-field product.

The Lions introduced Dan Campbell as their new head coach Thursday. 

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New England Patriots fans might remember Campbell from his brief stint as Miami Dolphins interim head coach in 2015. His press conferences were pretty entertaining, and also sometimes funny or just downright bizarre.

Well, it turns out his personality hasn’t changed much. Check out this hilarious clip from Campbell’s introductory press conference:

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