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McCown Confirms Today Is His Last At SportsNet 590

“In their statement, SportsNet 590 said they will use a variety of hosts on Prime Time Sports throughout the summer, with plans to unveil a new show for the start of the fall season.”

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It’s official, Friday June 21st, is Bob McCown’s final day hosting Prime Time Sports on SportsNet 590 in Toronto and nationally syndicated throughout Canada.  After a few days of rumors, SportsNet and McCown confirmed the report originally made by Toronto Sports Media’s Twitter account, @yyzsportsmedia.

After signing a “multi-year” extension in December 2017, McCown’s tenure will end a year and a half after agreeing to his most recent contract.  SportsNet chose not to give any reasons as to why the iconic Bob McCown won’t be behind the mic for their afternoon drive show anymore, but the longtime host of Prime Time Sports made it clear he has no plans of retiring.

“Speculation concerning my imminent retirement are 100% inaccurate!” McCown said through his Twitter account on Thursday, adding “I’ll be back.”

“Bob is an icon in this business and a legend of our format,” SportsNet Program Director, Dave Cadeau said in a statement. “He built sports talk radio in Canada, and we are lucky to have had him on the mic and in the hallways over the last three decades.  Bob will be missed but his legacy will remain with us for years to come.”

An iconic member of Canada’s sports media for over 40 years, McCown has been the primary host of Prime Time Sports since 1989, owning the areas top rated sports show for the larger part of three decades.  Considered one of the best interviewers in the industry, the founder of sports radio in Canada has been known throughout his career for tenaciously challenging guests and callers, although his fiery style has toned down in recent years.  Nicknamed the “Bobcat,” McCown would don a pair of sunglasses during his TV simulcast and used coined phrases such as “who gives a flying fadoo?”

“Bob McCown invented sports talk radio in Canada, period,” said co-host Stephen Brunt. “When a big sports story was breaking, when the home team was winning a championship or falling apart, everyone tuned in to Prime Time Sports to find out what Bob was saying.

“He’s an original. There will never be another one quite like him.”

Last year, Prime Time Sports, which broadcasts from 4 – 7pm retooled the show by adding John Shannon, Richard Deitsch and Stephen Brunt.  Brunt previously served as McCown’s longtime co-host, but the two parted ways for a couple of years prior to their 2018 reunion.  In an atypical radio format, Shannon would join McCown on Prime Time Sports during the 4pm hour only, with Deitsch and Brunt being brought into the studio to partner with the Bobcat from 5 – 7pm.  With the show’s moving parts, the one constant for Prime Time Sports continued to be McCown, as he has been for 30 years.  

In their statement, SportsNet 590 said they will use a variety of hosts on Prime Time Sports throughout the summer, with plans to unveil a new show for the start of the fall season.  

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Howard and Jeremy: Amazon Prime Video Is Best NFL Broadcast

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

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Amazon Prime Video and Thursday Night Football received backlash last week for failing to mention a previously perceived concussion by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after the third-year signal caller suffered a scary-looking concussion in the first half of a game against the Bengals. WGR morning hosts Howard Simon and Jeremy White discussed the Amazon crew, with White saying he believes it’s the best NFL broadcast on Howard and Jeremy.

“I will say, the Amazon crew is getting criticized for not mentioning the Bills game during halftime. So, that aside, for me it’s the best crew,” White said. “Everything about Amazon’s broadcast is the best one. You and I talked about it last week. It is the recently retired players. It is so much better.

“When they were talking on the pregame — just football points, not Tua points — Richard Sherman they ask him like ‘You’ll be mad if what?’ and he said ‘I’ll be mad — and I’m gonna be talking to you at halftime about it — if the Dolphins, after playing 90 snaps on defense against the Bills, put their corners out on islands and don’t give them safety help. They’re gonna get beat, and I’ll be here to tell you it was a mistake that they’re not helping out their corners’. And sure enough, what happened? They did it and they got burned. He would have come back and talked about it at halftime if the Tua thing didn’t happen.”

He continued by pointing out several of the studio analysts as performing well early in their broadcasting careers.

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

The pair also discussed the NextGen Stats alternate broadcast Amazon Prime Video produces as a viable way for those interested in learning more about deeper analytics and statistics of football to consume.

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Jets Partner With talkSPORT To Air Six Games on Radio in U.K.

The New York Jets and talkSPORT have agreed to broadcast six 2022 Jets regular season football games.

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Starting this weekend, fans of the New York Jets in the United Kingdom will have local access to their favorite team.

The New York Jets and talkSPORT have agreed to broadcast six 2022 Jets regular season football games. This will establish talkSPORT as the official UK radio broadcast partner of the Jets. Fans will also have exclusive access to the Jets Touchdown UK Podcast and additional Jets content including player and coach interviews.

“We are so thrilled to extend a radio broadcast of the Jets to our fans in the United Kingdom as we take the next step in utilizing our right to expand this game with the help of the world’s biggest sports radio station,” said New York Jets President Hymie Elhai. “This partnership will allow for so much more than 2022 season coverage as we continue to welcome some of the most passionate fans in the world into our fanbase.”

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Colin Cowherd Declares Twitter ‘Loser-ville’ Over Russell Wilson Criticism

“Twitter defended Johnny Manziel at every turn. Baker Mayfield, Cam Newton. The cool guys.”

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Colin Cowherd does not make much time for social media and he doesn’t have a lot of respect for the conversation there. He revealed Friday on his FOX Sports Radio show that is particularly true when it comes to Twitter.

“You know who gets ripped on Twitter? Steph Curry. You know what Twitter loves? NFTs and Bitcoin,” he said. “It is loser-ville. People that need to be accepted. Less successful people ripping more successful people. It’s a barnyard musical. You should try it sometime.” 

He compared the way polls show most football fans feel about Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson to the absolute drubbing he took on Twitter over his viral ad for Subway. Cowherd said that Twitter tends to side with image over quality.

“Russell Wilson was just voted by adults in America, people with lives, who aren’t concerned with being cool, the most likable player in the NFL,” he said. “Twitter defended Johnny Manziel at every turn. Baker Mayfield, Cam Newton. The cool guys.”

Colin Cowherd added that every moment that makes Twitter cringe becomes his new favorite thing about Russell Wilson. He said that the things social media users bash are the things most Americans find relatable.

“You know who else was on that list? Patrick Mahomes, who has a silly brother,” he said. “Sometimes his brother is out there being silly. We’ve all got a silly sister or silly brother! That’s America. It’s not cool.”

Cowherd closed the segment by declaring that he was going to go to Subway right after the show ended and order Russell Wilson’s “Dangerwich” to show his support.

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