The Detroit Pistons are returning to 97.1 The Ticket. The two sides have struck a multi-year deal to begin airing the team’s games on the radio station starting with the 2017-18 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The Pistons left The Ticket in April 2014 to join upstart sports radio station Detroit Sports 105.1. The station though flipped formats in less than three years, leaving the Pistons to air their games on 105.1 The Bounce. That fit wasn’t exactly what they had in mind when they agreed to change radio partners.
The new agreement gives 97.1 FM The Ticket exclusive rights to airing regular-season, preseason and postseason games. The station will also provide pre and post-game coverage, interviews with players, coaches and front office executives and additional coverage on its talk shows throughout the NBA season.
Game coverage and additional programming will also be available online at www.971theticket.com and via mobile apps for 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Pistons.
“The Detroit Pistons are thrilled to be returning to 97.1 FM The Ticket and re-establishing our partnership with the CBS Radio family,” said Charlie Metzger, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the Detroit Pistons. “Given the station’s position as the market leader in local sports radio, returning to 97.1 The Ticket is a natural fit for our organization and Pistons fans will enjoy high-quality game broadcasts and related team content throughout the NBA season and beyond.”
Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager at CBS Radio Detroit added: “97.1 The Ticket is excited to bring the Detroit Pistons back to the station! We’ve always maintained a strong relationship with the team; we look forward to bringing Pistons fans exciting game day broadcasts and exclusive coverage and being a part of the team’s inaugural year at Little Caesars Arena.”
Mark Champion will return as the team’s radio play-by-play voice for his 24th season. Former Piston and “Bad Boy” Rick Mahorn, is also coming back. This will be his 16th season serving as a basketball analyst.
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.
Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf
“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.
The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.
During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.
“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.
“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”
Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.
“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.
ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record
“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”
The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.
ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.
As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.
FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week
Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.
FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.
Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.
The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.
FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing 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 and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.