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ESPN Suspends Stephen A. Smith
ESPN has announced that commentator Stephen A. Smith will not be appearing on ESPN2’s “First Take” or on ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return Aug. 6.
In a statement to employees released Tuesday, ESPN president John Skipper said the following:
“As many of you know, there has been substantial news coverage in the past few days related to comments Stephen A. made last Friday in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following charges of assaulting his then fiancée, now wife, a few months ago.
“We’ve said publicly and in this space that those remarks did not reflect our company’s point of view or our values. They certainly don’t reflect my personal beliefs.
“We have been engaged in thoughtful discussion about appropriate next steps. Those conversations have involved a diverse group of women and men in our company. Our women’s [employee resource group] has added to the conversation, and going forward, I know they will help us continue constructive discussion on this and related issues.
“Stephen has called what took place ‘the most egregious mistake’ of his career. I believe his apology was sincere and that he and we have learned from what we’ve collectively experienced. I’m confident we will all move forward with a greater sense of enlightenment and perspective as the lasting impact of these last few days. I want to thank all those whose thoughts have contributed along the way.”
Credit for this story goes to ESPN.com
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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Ed Egros Added to BetQL Daily
“I am thrilled to be able to move the sports betting conversation forward and have a strong group to do it with.”
Congratulations are in order for Ed Egros. He is joining the BetQL Audio Network. He will be part of BetQL Daily every weekday.
“Ed has become a leading voice on sports betting and analytics over the course of his career and we’re pleased to add him and his perspective to our weekday ‘BetQL Daily program’ alongside Joe and Erin,” Mitch Rosen, Vice President of Audacy’s BetQL Network said in a press release. “Through his wealth of experience in sports reporting and analysis, Ed will provide valuable insights to our listeners as they make their betting decisions, while using his expertise to break down games, analyze players and teams, and provide valuable betting tips, strategies and Wagertainment.”
Egros comes to BetQL from the NFL where he worked for the NextGen Stats team on digital content before and after games. His career has also taken him to Alabama and Dallas as a local reporter and to Bally Sports and FanDuel on the national stage.
“I could not be more excited! To join an established show with two of the more talented pros in the business in Erin and Joe is an opportunity I wholeheartedly embrace,” said Ed Egros. “It has always been a professional dream of mine to have a platform to combine my loves of sports analytics and sports betting. I am thrilled to be able to move the sports betting conversation forward and have a strong group to do it with.”
BetQL Daily airs every weekday at 9 am Eastern. Egros makes his debut on the show on April 3. He will join co-hosts Joe Ostrowski and Erin Hawksworth.
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Mike Bell: Clark Kellogg is ‘the Valedictorian in Class With 2 Delinquents’
“I’ve never heard it quite described that way,” Kellogg responded laughing.
There are just three more games before the end of the college basketball season, and with it the annual crossover between the CBS NCAA and the TNT NBA studio teams will also conclude.
On Thursday, CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg joined Dukes & Bell on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta live from radio row at the Final Four in Houston, and Kellogg said the busy TV schedule comes with the territory.
“It just happens to be that’s the way it unfolds during this time of year with Warner Bros. Discovery and CBS being partners since 2011 for the tourney,” Kellogg said. “I’m grateful to have a chance to sit where God has graced me to sit and be part of a sporting event that’s as special as we have on the sports calendar.”
The yearly meeting of the basketball personalities always makes for some entertaining studio segments with Kellogg and the TNT NBA studio guys. Co-host Mike Bell told Kellogg he stands out among guys like Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.
“I always get the impression when I watch that it’s like high school. And you’re in a room, and you’re like the valedictorian of your class and you got the two delinquents with Kenny and Charles,” Bell said.
“I’ve never heard it quite described that way,” Kellogg responded laughing. Clark said it’s all love when everyone is together.
“It’s obvious that we have a great time,” he said. “There’s mutual respect across the board with us on the air.”
“It’s as fun as it appears to be and even more so when we’re not on camera because we’re talking hoops and busting each others chops and having a great time,” Kellogg added.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
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Stephen Strom Leaves Barrett Sports Media For Miami Marlins Radio Role
“Earlier this month, the team announced that Kyle Sielaf was moving from the studio host role into the broadcast booth.”
It is always a good day when Barrett Sports Media gets to congratulate one of our own. Stephen Strom made his debut Thursday as the studio host of Miami Marlins baseball coverage on 940 WINZ in Miami.
Strom came to BSM in 2022 to host the Sports Talkers Podcast. The show delivered 33 episodes and was consistently one of the best performers on the BSM Podcast Network.
Prior to announcing his new role in Major League Baseball, Stephen Strom served as a broadcast assistant for the Miami Heat, working with the team’s television voice Eric Reid. He also called games for Nova Southeastern and Florida International universities.
The new gig means Strom is leaving Barrett Sports Media. That means, unfortunately, that the Sports Talkers Podcast is coming to an end.
“Stephen is a bulldog. I am not surprised he landed this opportunity,” BSM Content Director Demetri Ravanos said. “I could not be more proud of him. This is just another significant step in what I am betting will be a long, successful broadcasting career for him.”
Earlier this month, the team announced that Kyle Sielaf was moving from the studio host role into the broadcast booth. He replaces Glenn Geffner, who had been on Marlins’ radio broadcasts for the previous 15 years.
“One of the great rewards of running Barrett Media is being able to give a platform to talented people and seeing them take advantage of the opportunity,” said Barrett Media President Jason Barrett. “Stephen Strom has done an outstanding job for us with the Sports Talkers Podcast and though we hate to lose him because he’s become someone we hold in high regard, I couldn’t be happier to see him advance his career, and take the next step with the Miami Marlins.”