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CHICAGO - One of the fastest-growing digital sports media companies in North America, Silver Chalice Media, announced a new digital media rights, technology and investment partnership with Major League Baseball's BAMTech today.  The new deal is highlighted by a suite of live streaming products and experiences for college sports fans across mobile platforms.

Under the new agreement, BAMTech, MLB Advanced Media's technology arm, will provide its technology infrastructure and can distribute the ACC Digital Network and Campus Insiders and more than 3,000 live collegiate events in new consumer products and services. Campus Insiders and the ACC Digital Network will transition to BAMTech's streaming platform and pursue expansion of its portfolio of collegiate sports rights. BAMTech also acquired an equity position in SCV, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, marking the first outside investment SCV has taken since launching the ACC Digital Network, Campus Insiders and 120 Sports.

"Silver Chalice has focused on building partnerships with rights holders, producing compelling content and delivering it to college sports fans where they want it, when they want it. Our networks are built to sit at the intersection of great content and powerful technology, providing our rights holders, partners, sponsors and viewers access to the best possible experiences," said Brooks Boyer, Chief Executive Officer of Silver Chalice Ventures. "BAMTech has established itself as a global leader in distributing live and video on demand content across every platform. Having BAMTech as both an equity and technology partner creates innumerable new opportunities to explore and leverage rights in the ever-changing media landscape."

Silver Chalice launched its digital sports network business in 2011 with the introduction of the ACC Digital Network, a ground-breaking partnership with the Conference and Raycom Sports, which continues to provide game highlights, Must See Moments, full game archives, interviews, student athlete and coach access and special features on a daily basis. Since then, Campus Insiders has launched its comprehensive original news reporting and social media content operation and has strategic partnerships with the Big 12 Conference, Mountain West Conference, the West Coast Conference, the Patriot League, Conference USA and the CIAA. Campus Insiders also is the exclusive home of the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, which was founded in part by Campus Insiders in 2015 and was the first and only digitally-focused college football bowl game broadcast.

Campus Insiders and the ACC Digital Network boast a vibrant list of distribution partners for their respective live game and video-on-demand offerings that includes Verizon's go90, Sling TV, Twitter,, Yahoo, YouTube and USA Today Sports, among others. College sports fans also have access to Campus Insiders video highlights and programming on connected devices such as Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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SiriusXM and DGital Media, the fast-growing creator and innovator in on-demand audio, re taking their podcasts to Sirius/XM satellite radio with a new broadcast agreement that brings the popular The Vertical Podcast Network to SiriusXM subscribers.

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The Vertical Podcast Network, a year round on-demand audio series focused on pro basketball, is a new media venture led by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports. It also features individual podcasts with Chris Mannix and J.J. Reduce. The shows will air every weekday at 3:00 pm ET on satellite radio,  Sirius channel 214 and XM channel 203, and on the SiriusXM app (channel 967). The Vertical Podcast Network joins a daily lineup on the channel that also features The Dan Patrick Show (9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET) and The Rich Eisen Show (12:00 – 3:00 pm ET).

“Adrian, Chris and J.J. offer pro basketball fans exceptional reporting and insight, making The Vertical Podcast an excellent addition to SiriusXM,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming. “We're pleased to work with Yahoo Sports and DGital Media to deliver this dynamic content to our subscribers and further enhance SiriusXM as a premier destination for fans who want to get closer to their sport.”

“We are very pleased to expand the audience that we are building by joining SiriusXM,” Wojnarowski said.

Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer for DGital Media, states: “This partnership matches premium content with a premium distribution outlet in order to give basketball fans, and fans of sports, in general, this incredible inside look at the game from those who influence it, week in, week out.”

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"Neither snow, nor rain, not heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

The United States Postal Service has a clearly stated motto with a lofty goal to live up to, especially in these challenging times of budget cutbacks and outlandish political promises. Despite the near 50-50 split in political beliefs in this country, a nearly sure-fire guarantee is dropping a letter in the mail with a “Forever” stamp properly attached and having that letter promptly delivered to its addressee, no matter who appoints the Postmaster General.

This past week, there must’ve been an exception. It seems a letter, an actual letter - typed, double-space - must’ve been misaddressed and it ended up in our fan services mailbox. It wasn’t on “official” NFL stationary but, instead, it had a strange substance, resembling Wite-Out, on cheap, less-than-paper-thin letterhead. (Campaign cost-cutting, we’re guessing?) We could barely make out the address. The chalky Wite-Out gave way, not to a Park Avenue address, but maybe, somewhere in the 700s of Fifth Avenue in New York.

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Regardless, it read in part:

Dear Donald:

It’s been a while since our last communique, 1985 to be exact. Between 1983 and 1985, we exchanged quite a number of pleasantries, usually via letterhead of our respective law firms. You and J. Walter gave us quite a scare, back then, when you were throwing dollar bills around like you used to do at “Scores,” and you signed Dougie and Herschel to those ridiculous deals in hopes of impressing Wellington, Jerry and even Don Shula. You were quite a trip back then, all glitzy but no substance. We should’ve known better.

That was about three or four NFL Commissioners ago, God Bless Pete Rozelle. We’ve learned a lot since then, especially as it relates to protecting our shield, our sacred brand.

For it is on that important subject of which we write today.

Your parade through the Republican Party, much like the way the New England Patriots clinch the NFC East every year, was really something to marvel at, old friend. During the primaries and the GOP debates, you came up with some of the best nicknames since Dick Ebersol and the guys plastered “He Hate Me” on the back of a jersey. We particularly liked, “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted,” and we’ve considered licensing those from your organization come 2020. More on that at a later date.

The topic at hand are these Presidential debates you speak of.

It seems a couple of the dates fall on the same nights when our network partners televise our games. Of course, nowadays - unlike the ‘80s when we last communicated - we play on nearly every damn night of the week, so the chances of not having a conflict with one of our games is pretty slim.

The Commission of Presidential Debates checked with us about a year ago, by the way, long before your name was even mentioned as a possible candidate from the Party of Lincoln and Palin. We promised them a little help and suggested a Monday Night in September when we scheduled the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. Not a soul outside of Georgia, Louisiana and Nevada will give a hoot about that game, and we figure you can carry those three States, even if you were stupid enough to nominate a running-mate as homophobic and anti-women’s rights as Mike Pence.

The second date is an October Sunday Night when we have a doozie on the docket, the Green Bay Packers vs. the New York Giants, but again it’s a night when fans from New York, New Jersey and Wisconsin are most likely to tune-in. Now Donnie-boy, you know you have no chance at all to carry New York and New Jersey, even though that’s home turf. All native New Yorkers and most from Jersey see right through your act, just like our pal Mikey Bloomberg. And Wisconsin? My goodness, you might’ve had a chance in Wisconsin until you came up with that “not quite ready” baloney on the sitting Speaker of the House, right as he was facing a primary. So, chalk up any chance of swaying those cheese-heads. But, rest assured, you might get those six Electoral votes from Nevada unless you try to get back in the Atlantic City casino business, and we all know that story. He he.

The last date the Commission put forth was a Wednesday night, October 19th, and, as of today, we don’t have plans to do a Wednesday Night Football package, at least until Disney panics and realizes they’re losing a bunch of cable subs and tries an old-fashioned TV-only property of Wednesdays. We’ll keep in touch on that.

The veep debate, by the way, falls on a Tuesday night, so no problemo there, but we might suggest you try to move that potential fiasco to about 4am on a Saturday morning. That guy Pence keeps on contradicting your so-called policies, don’t ya know. You say, “No Paul Ryan,” he says, “Yes, Paul Ryan.” You say, "the hell with McCain,” and he says, “I love McCain.” You say “Pota-toe,” he says “POTATE-o.” It’s getting comical, really.

So, with that in mind, we thought we’d write a little letter - picture it being written to the tune “Take a Letter, Maria,” okay? Your smokescreen on rigged debates and rigged elections is not playing well with the very “American people” you always quote as though you know. You claim to know what they’re thinking or how they’re living. And, you just plain don't, Donnie-boy. We know those people, Donnie, we serve those people and, trust us, you are not representative of the typical American person.

In closing, you are hereby on notice to "cease and desist" from connecting the NFL, NFL games on TV and the scared NFL Shield (notice the Cap S) to anything to do with your campaign for President of the United States, or in the future, for any campaign for Dog Catcher. Don't use it as political capital or for negotiations, and defintely, make that, most definitely, do not use it as an excuse for your sorry-ass, disasterous campaign.

Best regards,

Just sign us … $3 ... or "Payback is a B*#ch"

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