DraftKings’ Latest Podcast Lineup Packs a Big Punch
Popular MMA Podcast “Anik & Florian” to be available twice a week on DraftKings’ YouTube Channel
BOSTON — (January 26, 2023) — DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq: DKNG) announced today that it is adding “The Anik & Florian Podcast” to its growing portfolio of content. The popular weekly MMA podcast, which debuted in 2015, is hosted by Jon Anik, the lead play-by-play voice for the UFC, and former three-time UFC title challenger, Kenny Florian.
"I am elated to announce an expanded relationship between DraftKings and 'The Anik & Florian Podcast.’ I have worked closely with DraftKings the last several years, and I am humbled for the chance to bring our long-standing podcast to their platforms,” said Jon Anik. “We are proud of the manner in which we've built our show and can't wait to take it to the next level with this relationship."
As industry-leading UFC voices, Anik and Florian first met in 2008 as co-hosts on ESPN's “MMA Live,” which led to the creation of the “The Anik & Florian Podcast”, where they share their passion for MMA along with perspectives on breaking sports news, pop culture and more. The duo will continue to give expert insights into MMA and breakdown key fights while keeping fan-favorite segments, including “Main-Event Challenge,” the “Ray Longo Minute” with legendary MMA coach Ray Longo, “Headlines,” and “Pronunciation of the Week.”
"Our viewers and listeners can expect similar content, but with more entertainment and information as we expand our schedule to include two episodes per week instead of the traditional weekly program,” said Anik. “This will allow for more fighter interviews and mid-week reactionary content. We are jointly motivated to grow the program alongside DraftKings."
Both weekly episodes can be viewed on DraftKings’ YouTube channel and are available for listeners to enjoy on all major podcast platforms. Fans also can view show excerpts on DraftKings and “The Anik and Florian Podcast” social channels.
“We are thrilled to add ‘The Anik & Florian Podcast’ to our DraftKings programming lineup,” said Stacie McCollum, Vice President of Content at DraftKings. “Anik and Florian’s insights and entertaining approach provide a different perspective into MMA, which has been the driver of their success the past eight years. We look forward to collaborating with them to deliver more content than ever before.”
Since early 2021, DraftKings has significantly expanded its media business through the acquisition of VSiN, The Sports Betting Network, and agreements with Meadowlark Media, Ross Tucker Media, and high-profile content creators, media stalwarts and emerging voices across the sports landscape.
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