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Nothing Personal with David Samson

Nothing Personal with David Samson

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Nothing Personal with David Samson is a daily sports podcast hosted by David Samson. David is dedicated to decoding the endless musings of players, owners and others in a concise, articulate and entertaining manner. Samson was in charge of a Major League Baseball team for 18 years, with winning a World Series ring, building a new ballpark, hosting an All-Star game, and buying and selling a franchise, among his many experiences and accomplishments. His breadth of knowledge covers all aspects of sport. This podcast will be the destination for fans of sports and entertainment who want to hear the truth about real situations as they occur each day. Every segment will give his audience a unique perspective, not found anywhere else. His voice is strong and unwavering, his brand is honesty and his reach is extraordinary. And remember, it's just business...It's nothing personal! Subscribe to Nothing Personal on YouTube:

378 Episodes
Today’s word of the day is ‘paycut’ as in taking less money as in ‘helping’ the team as in Ben Roethlisberger is taking a $5M paycut so that the Pittsburgh Steelers can get some cap relief. What is going on in the Steel City? Did the Steelers want Big Ben to retire? (9:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if front office people should be held responsible for their hiring process. This stems from the allegations against Mickey Callaway and the Cleveland Indians. (25:27) Review: The Mauritanian (33:16) NPPOD (35:15) Les Miles is going to get fired. He needs to. The allegations uncovered about his tenure at LSU is horrifying. (40:42) Creighton head coach Greg McDermott has been suspended by the school after making a ridiculous comment to his team. #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘universal’ as in something grand as in the universe as in there is likely to be no universal DH this season in MLB. Why? What’s keeping the league and MLBPA from allowing this to happen? Do people still want pitchers to bat? (8:33) Jackie Bradley Jr is signing a deal with Milwaukee Brewers and he’s getting a raise! He’ll get a 2-year, $24M deal. (14:32) Trevor Bauer and his agent Rachel Luba cannot help themselves. The stories they come up with are ridiculous. (23:00) Review: Lifeline - Clyfford Still. (28:05) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about how old Albert Pujols is. Here we go. (36:27) NPPOD. (40:00) The New York Jets will now be taking calls about Sam Darnold. His future in New York is in doubt…. Or is it? #waittosee  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘that’s just the way it is’ as in Bruce Hornsby as in Mickey Callaway is back in the news again because of his time with the Cleveland Indians. More women have come forward about the harassment by Callaway, and now we need to know how much the Indians front office knew. This is a mess and MLB needs to clean it up. (12:45) The AAA season is going to be delayed by at least a month. What does this mean for the teams? What about the cities where those teams are? (19:18) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me a question about the NBA, the NBA Store, rent due, and the pandemic. Might seem like a random foursome, but it matters. (28:52) Review: Kodachrome. (34:30) NPPOD. (37:00) Texas has a problem on its hands. The ‘Eyes of Texas’ is the school song, it has become controversial to some, but not to others. Boosters in Austin are mad about the pushback, students are mad about the song. Who will win? (44:00) The Miami Dolphins released Kyle Van Noy after just one year after the signing of his four-year, $51M deal. Should he be mad? #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘mercy’ as in mercy me as in the Mercy Rule! New rule in baseball alert! We have a spring training Mercy Rule and we saw it in action in the Boston Red Sox game. Garrett Richards was pitching, got in a 1st inning jam, loaded the bases, walked in a run, and stopped the inning after 23 pitches. (11:26) Sandy Alderson speaks about the New York Mets offseason. Why didn’t the Mets land Bauer or Springer? When will Lindor or Conforto get an extension? (20:10) Atlanta Hawks fired Lloyd Pierce and the Hawks communication to the team was poor, to say the least. Nate McMillan was on the bench as an assistant coach and is now the interim coach. Let’s break down this situation. (31:00) NPPOD. (35:04) Review: Minari. (40:55) JJ Watt is headed to the Arizona Cardinals. Is he worth the $23M that Arizona gave him? #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘James Taylor’ as in you got a friend as in winter SPRING summer fall as in Spring Training has started so that means baseball is back. I was wrong about that, but it’s here. Let’s take a look at what’s happening inside the front office. What do team’s want to see in game 1? (19:39) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me what happened this morning with Ex-Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. He has been arrested in what’s being called Barcagate after a police investigation into Barcelona and a company used social media to bash Barcelona athletes including Messi and Pique. (32:15) Review: Golden Globes recap. (37:50) NPPOD. (38:02) Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks continue to have a sour relationship. What went so wrong? (45:47) BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TO END THE SHOW! #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Mailbag! It’s a mailbag! February 2021 edition of the mailbag is here! Let’s get it started! First up, someone wanted to know how a player feels getting traded from a successful big market team to a small market team? (6:45) Someone asked how players to be named later were determined. How do teams choose these players in trades? (9:10) Let’s make a deal! Were there any teams you targeted in trades or that targeted you in trades? (13:26) Carson Wentz was traded to the Indianapolis Colts and new teammate Michael Pittman said he’s not giving up number 11 — Shane asked me if I have any crazy jersey stories…. Well I do! (19:31) Someone asked me about the breaking point that would come for MLB to force an owner to sell. (26:53) Someone asked me how I avoided stressing out people who worked for me on our pursuit of success. (31:30) The financial ramifications for Miami and Dade County when it came to selling the Miami Marlins. (39:00) What are the top 5 most overrated sports movies of all time? (43:00) What happens to the money when a stock drops? (47:50) My favorite phone apps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘collusion!’ as in paying a collusion settlement for owners colluding together to not pay baseball players as in NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith has told player agents to collude! He wants to make sure that free agents don’t get screwed by teams because of the pandemic caps. (12:51) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Deshaun Watson still wants out of Houston even after meeting with his new coach David Culley. (22:02) Russell Wilson reportedly told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle, BUT he would also be okay with being traded to four teams; Dallas, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans. (29:27) Review: Golden Globe Predictions (34:48) NPPOD. (37:43) The Utah Jazz have responded to accusation made by a former player from 2015 season. The accusations are against the teams EVP for making a bigoted statement. What will happen here? (44:08) Malik Beasley was suspended for 12 games after pleading guilty to a felony count of threats of violence. What is going on in Minnesota? #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘manipulation’ as in service time manipulation as in more drama in Seattle as Jarred Kelenic has spoken out against the Mariners because he believes his contract is being messed with and that former team president Kevin Mather admitted such. (17:00) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Shane Bieber and a potential long term deal between he and the Cleveland Indians. (30:17) Review: The China Hustle. (36:51) Nothing Personal Pick of the Day (38:25) The Minnesota Timberwolves are in some trouble after firing their head coach and hiring a new coach in the same night. How did this happen? Will the NBA lay down the law? #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘Tiger’ as in Tiger Woods as in yesterday was a scary day for Tiger Woods and his family. He was in a horrific single-car accident in California. Reports and reports flooded out what happened to Tiger Woods and wha this condition was. Let’s talk about the media coverage of the accident and what we’ve become as a society. (16:25) Michael Conforto is doing Scott Boras’ bidding for him. MLB labor issues are coming. (31:40) Review - Music. (35:51) A correction about Mike Trout from yesterday’s show. (37:00) Kevin Mather: Day 3 Update. Everyone had to meet the media to explain this situation; players and managers. Other teams were asked about it. Everyone has to answer for Mather. (45:10) Pick of the day! Will we stay on fire? #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘spotics’ as in the intersection of sports and politics as in Muhammad Ali was big in the world of spotics as in what’s happening right now with a New York Rangers star is so crazy it needs to be talked about. Rangers player Artemi Panarin has taken a leave of absence after he was accused of abusing a woman years ago by his old hockey coach in Latvia. This comes after Panarin has been very vocal about his dislike for Russian president Vladimir Putin. (12:38) It didn’t take long for Mariners president Kevin Mather to resign. WE told you this was going to happen. Seattle owner John Stanton spoke to the media about the situation, MLBPA released a statement on the situation, what does this all mean? (27:25) Mike Trout speaks to the media. He’s the best player in baseball and he hasn’t won a single postseason game. Woof. (34:57) Review: News of the World. (38:10) NPPOD. (39:34) SYWTTS: Someone asked me what I thought about Jeff Bezos trying to own an NFL team. Will one of the richest men in the world get into the NFL? #waittosee  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘rotary’ as in a Rotary Club as in the President of the Seattle Mariners Kevin Mather has found himself in some bit of trouble. Mather was giving a speech to a rotary club and had some horrible things to say about foreign players on his own team. He spoke about their need for interpreters and how he didn’t want to pay the interpreters. There has been a big push by the fans and media for Mather to get fired… will it happen? (24:30) Trevor Bauer cannot help himself. This weekend he got into a Twitter battle with Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman. Why? (33:47) Review: Nomadland. (37:27) NPPOD. (38:45) Welcome to Clubhouse. (41:20) The Minnesota Timberwolves fired Ryan Saunders and immediately had the replacement ready to be announced. How was this able to be done? #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘Wentz Art Thou’ as in Carson Wentz as in where is he now? Indianapolis. Philly, no more. What happened to the relationship between Wentz and the Eagles for it to end so poorly? The team will take on a record dead cap and Wentz is reunited with his old friend Frank Reich, head coach of the Colts. (8:32) SYWTTS: Someone asked me about Yankees pitcher Domingo German returning to the Yankees after being suspended for domestic violence. How do you handle a player like this returning to the clubhouse? (18:46) J.T. Realmuto fractured his thumb on day one (!!) of Spring Training for the Philadelphia Phillies. After signing a huge deal this offseason, how important is a healthy return? (26:30) Review: Echo In The Canyon. (31:15) Adam Silver addressed some All Star Game controversy - here’s what Silver said and what he meant. (38:20) NPPOD. (39:50) Mets sign Taijuan Walker. (44:00) Fernando Tatis Jr. made a big mistake and now he’ll have to pay for it… literally. It appears that Tatis Jr. owes a GIANT chunk of change to an early player investment firm. What does that mean? Let me explain. #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘ holy father’ as in Holy Padre! as in I still cannot believe the San Diego Padres signed Fernando Tatis Jr. to a 14-year, $340M deal. It’s just so unbelievable that even after a night of no sleep, I still cannot understand why AJ Preller and the Padres decided to do this. (18:13) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me what I thought about Tim Tebow’s career with the New York Mets. (25:40) Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams to advance to the Australian Open final. Father Time is still undefeated. Serena is the GOAT, but Osaka has her number in Majors. (35:00) Review: Malcolm & Marie. (39:37) NPPOD. (41:35) The Toronto Blue Jays will play their first two home series in Dunedin, Floria… not Canada. How long will this happen for? #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We break down the latest breaking news on the monster deal between the San Diego Padres and Fernando Tatis Jr. It’s a 14-year, $340M deal. An unprecedented move by AJ Preller and the Padres. The 22-year old shortstop has finished 3rd for Rookie of the Year in 2019 and finished 4th for MVP in 2020. THE WHOLE CONTRACT IS GUARANTEED!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘Wily’ as Wily coyote as in the cartoon as in the Arizona Coyotes are being run like a cartoon. What are we talking about? Well The Athletic released a pretty damning report about the Coyotes and how the NHL is run by Alex Meruelo. Simply put… it’s been a disaster. Let’s break down this situation in parts: the allegations, how to run an organization, how the organization responds. (18:38) Steve Cohen has more drama going on with the New York Mets. After firing new GM Jared Porter for sexual harassment against a journalist, but what the team did in the dark was just as bad. The team fired hitting performance coach Ryan Ellis after three women accused him of sexual harassment… but the team did this one quietly. (26:43) White Sox spring training has started. The team has high hopes and GM Rick Hahn is now on record saying championship or bust. Woof. And new manager Tony La Russa says he regrets his DUI… sounds similar to that time in Jupiter in 2007. (34:19) Review: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things. (36:18) NPPOD (37:33) SYWTTS - Someone asked me what I thought about Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms publicly begging fans to NOT come to the city for NBA All Star weekend. (42:25) Minor league realignment and what it means for top prospects. #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘misguided’ as in where is this directed at as in Draymond Green “went off” about the treatment of players. He talked about players being traded and the organizations and mental health, but he never mentioned who he was talking about. Be direct. If it’s the NBA, say it. If it’s the media, say it. If it’s the fans, say it. Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond are both on the trade block and Green was not happy about the conversations around them. (21:20) Review: Dear Zachary. (30:21) Judas and the Black Messiah update (35:40) NPPOD. (39:55) Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman met the media to discuss the Miami Marlins. Of course we have a reaction to that. #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘floor’ as in the floor as in the bottom as in a salary floor! Everyone wants a salary floor in baseball. Fans are screaming for it. The Los Angeles Dodgers this year will spend more money than the Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Rays, and Pirates COMBINED! (17:10) The Dodgers are signing Justin Turner to an extension. Why are they paying the premium for a 36-year old? (28:25) Review: Judas and the Black Messiah. (34:08) NPPOD. (36:12) Wait to see tracker update. (42:45) Urban Meyer came under fire for hiring disgraced strength coach Chris Doyle. So what happened when the public went after the Jaguars? A resignation… No need to #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘NFL films’ as in Ed and Steve Sabol as in NFL Mic’d Up as in the NFL has the audio and footage of the incident between Tyrann Mathieu and Tom Brady, but isn’t releasing it. Why not? If Mathieu was angry enough to tweet and Brady was sorry enough to text Mathieu… we need to hear it. Why is the league protecting Tom Brady this much? (18:00) SYWTTS - Someone asked me about the Toronto Blue Jays this season… will they play in Buffalo again this season? (27:00) Review: Lupin. (30:00) NPPOD. (32:30) Walker Buehler signed a new two-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in an arbitration settlement. Let me explain exactly what this means, what arbitration is, what a Super 2 is, and why Buehler signed. (42:50) Trevor Bauer had his Dodgers presser and it was a classic. Will Bauer outperform Buehler in Year One? #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s word of the day is ‘anthem’ as in the National Anthem as in we’ve talked about this so many times it’s almost our anthem. Well it’s back again in the news because Mark Cuban secretly told the Mavs not to play it this season. The team made it 13 games before anyone noticed. The NBA came out and said everyone needs to play the Anthem. Why? (23:10) A member of the Miami Marlins started a GoFundMe and it was quickly shut down. The hopes was that it would help pay for some of the furloughed employees in the Marlins organization. How did this happen? (31:30) Review: Bliss. (36:40) The Houston Texans lose another person of leadership. The Texans president Jamey Rootes announced his resignation from the team. More of a disaster in Houston as Deshaun Watson, JJ Watt, and ownership battle. Who will win in the end? (42:40) New York wants to allow 10 percent capacity in stadiums. Is it worth it? #waittosee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (11)

Mark Frantz

sorry for your loss....thoughts are with you and your family

Feb 1st

Greg Knoch

another douchebag liberal

Jan 7th
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Tony Whittaker

David needs to stick to sports. No one gives a shit about his politics.

Jun 2nd


one of the best solo sports dailies. no guests no co-hosts no callers. Colin cowherd and Tony kornheiser still do it but they've eased up.

Mar 22nd
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William MWestcott

Hey David the raptors lost last night. You lied about watching the game and then misread the box score. Ok Stugotz.

Feb 27th


Honestly just went down a rabbit hole of Elvis Costello, appreciate the artist recommendation

Nov 11th
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Omar Flores


Nov 6th
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