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590 ESPN Adds The Bottom Line; Expands Local Hours

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The Bottom Line is increasing its reach under a new partnership with 590 ESPN Omaha. The new arrangement starts Wednesday September 7th, and includes Mike’l Severe and The Bottom Line broadcasting on the radio station weekdays from 12p-2p CT. 590 ESPN Omaha will pick up TBL’s final two hours. The four hour program airs weekdays from 10a-2p on Omaha.com/TBL and the TBL app available through iTunes and Google Play.

Severe is an award-winning broadcast journalist with prior history working in New Orleans, Albuquerque, and Omaha. Along the way he’s hosted radio shows for 590’s top competitor 1620 The Zone.

When asked about the increased competition in the marketplace, 1620 The Zone Program Director Dave Tepper said he believed it was a positive. “We respect all of our competition” said Tepper. “This new opportunity is appreciated because it serves as a reminder to do our best every day.”

The Bottom Line has seen steady growth with its broadcast and digital streaming audience. That was part of what made it attractive to 590 ESPN. TBL will replace ESPN Radio’s “Russillo and Kanell” which had previously occupied the 12p-2p timeslot.

“Our radio stations want to be famous for localism,’’ Mark Halverson, the vice president and general manager for The E.W. Scripps Co.-Omaha Operations told the Omaha World-Herald. “We know our audience is going to be excited to have more local sports talk.’’

With the addition of TBL, 590 ESPN will now feature three local weekday programs (TBL, Omaha Sports Insider and Sports Nightly). The radio station also carries Mike and Mike and the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz as part of its weekday lineup, and serves as the flagship radio station for Nebraska Cornhuskers football.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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