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SiriusXM Presenting Sports Decade Special Across 11 Channel

“Each channel will produce episodes featuring hosts and guests talking about the chosen moments. An accompanying video series will also be available via the SiriusXM app.”

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SiriusXM is planning to highlight some of the most important moments in sports from the 2010. The presentation is going to be big, so big in fact that 11 of the satellite network’s sports channels will be involved.

The moments span the sports spectrum, and will be relived on their corresponding channels. Each channel will produce episodes featuring hosts and guests talking about the chosen moments. An accompanying video series will also be available via the SiriusXM app.

“Over the past 10 years, SiriusXM has aired so many of these great moments live, and we’ve covered all of these important stories and trends, across our channels, more extensively than anyone else in radio.  We’re proud to be the place where all fans can not only hear all about their favorite sport, but can call in and talk about it as well,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “Now as the decade comes to a close we have a great opportunity – with our dedicated 24/7 sports channels – to relive and retell these stories, and do it in a really special way that will be both comprehensive and focused.”

The full list of channels and moments is as follows:

Mad Dog Sports Radio

Debut: December 24 (6:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/MDSRonSXM

Defining moments include: The Chicago Cubs’ break a 100-plus year World Series drought, the U.S. Supreme Court clears the way for legalization of sports betting in America; the NCAA establishes the College Football Playoff to determine a national champion; LeBron James’ impact on the NBA and free agency; and more.

SiriusXM NFL Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (7:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/NFLonSXM

Defining moments include: The New England Patriots and the ageless Tom Brady continue their greatness with three more Super Bowl wins in five appearances; Dynamic quarterback play from future Hall of Famers and young stars; and the defining plays and playmakers throughout the decade.

MLB Network Radio

Debut: Dec 24 (4:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/MLBSXM

Defining moments:  Cubs win the World Series; Mike Trout arrives; the Wild Card play-in; the rise of the home run; and more.

SiriusXM NBA Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (1:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/NBAonSXM

Defining moments include: Player empowerment; LeBron’s “Decision”; the rise and fall of team dynasties; the role of three-point shooting and pace in the evolution of the game; and more.

SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

Debut: Dec. 25 (10:00 am ET) – SiriusXM.com/GolfonSXM

Defining moments include:  The ups and downs of Tiger Woods’ career; golf makes its debut in the Olympic Games; controversial rulings cost two of the sport’s biggest stars – Dustin Johnson and Lexi Thompson – major championships and these events lead to changes in the reporting and application of rules.

SiriusXM NHL Network Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (5:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/NHL

Defining moments include: Golden Goal by Sidney Crosby at the Vancouver Olympics; Connor McDavid gets drafted into the league; Alex Ovechkin wins his first Stanley Cup.

SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Debut: Dec. 25 (11:00 am ET) – SiriusXM.com/NASCARonSXM

Defining moments include:  Jimmie Johnson’s seven championships; the evolution of the car; Danica Patrick winning the Daytona 500 pole; the retirement of some of the sport’s biggest stars and the emergence of new young talent; and more. 

ESPNU Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (2:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/ESPNUonSXM

Defining moments include: The creation of the College Football Playoff; the realignment of college conferences; a #16 seed upsets a #1 seed for the first time ever in the NCAA Tournament; and more.

SiriusXM Fight Nation

Debut: Dec. 24, with three separate specials on pro wrestling (9:00 am ET), boxing (12:00 pm ET) and MMA (3:00 pm ET) –SiriusXM.com/FightNationSXM

Defining moments include: The passing of Muhammad Ali; the rise of Conor McGregor; Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao; the women’s revolution in pro wrestling, WME-IMG purchases UFC; the formation of All Elite Wrestling; and more.

SiriusXM FC

Debut: Dec. 24 (4:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/SiriusXMFC

Defining moments include: Dominant performances by the U.S. Women’s National Team; the FIFA corruption scandal; the retirement of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson; and more.

SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (6:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/FantasySportsRadio

Defining moments include:  The emergence and impact of Daily Fantasy Sports; the rise in popularity of fantasy sports among pro athletes, celebrities and the media; changes in on-field play and their effect on the approach to fantasy sports play. 

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Steak Shapiro Apologizes, Says He Didn’t Think Stetson Bennett Criticism Was ‘That Inflamatory’

“You were just trying to play music and not ignore the fans. Still don’t think it was a great speech, but again, you’re the biggest football hero in Georgia football history.”

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Wednesday’s edition of The Steakhouse was one Atlanta sports fans were waiting for. Late Tuesday night, Steak Shapiro took to Twitter to promise that he would address Stetson Bennett IV’s reaction to his criticism of the way the quarterback behaved at Georgia’s National Championship parade on Saturday.

“The notion is that Steak was basically roasted,” he said of the coverage the social media spat received. “He was put on the grill and taken to task.”

Shapiro had tweeted that he did not think it was a good look for Bennett to be on his phone during the championship parade and that his speech seemed more about settling old grudges than it was about celebrating the team or the fans. In a message on Twitter, which began by addressing Shapiro as “Mr. Med Rare”, Bennett explained that he was using his phone to play music in the car he was riding in. He was not ignoring the moment or the fans.

After giving Bennett credit for coming up with a funny nickname, Steak Shapiro said that he was surprised that the quarterback took the criticism so personally.

“My job is to give an opinion. I didn’t think it was that inflammatory. I didn’t think it was that dramatic.”

He added that has no problem with Stetson’s disdain for the media. He just thought the parade should have been about the fans and the accomplishment rather than Stetson Bennett IV trying to settle old grudges. Still, Shapiro wanted to make it clear that he does not hate the Georgia quarterback. He remains one of Bennett’s most vocal fans.

“On three or four occasions, I was lambasted because I said I thought he was the greatest player in Georgia history, and I said that before he won the national title,” Shapiro said. “I said that when they had the undefeated regular season, and then people started saying ‘stop saying that about Stetson’ or ‘Stetson’s overrated’. I just kinda had his back the entire year and probably had his back the last two years. I just didn’t think Saturday was a great day. That is what I have been saying, and I stand by it. I just didn’t think it was a great-looking day.”

Steak Shapiro did offer an apology to Bennett. He said that if the quarterback was just trying to play music on his phone, that isn’t that big of a deal, and if he had known that is what was happening, his reaction may have been different.

“My bad,” he concluded. “You were just trying to play music and not ignore the fans. Still don’t think it was a great speech, but again, you’re the biggest football hero in Georgia football history. You’re one of the iconic sports figures — maybe number one — in a town of Hank Aaron, and Chipper Jones, and Domonique Wilkins, and Matt Ryan, and Deion Sanders. You’re probably number one all time.”

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Brian Gebhardt to Serve as Program Director of Sactown Sports 1140

“Learning under skilled leaders such as Terry Foxx, Sean Thompson, Reggie Rouse, and Mike Conti helped prepare Gebhardt for the next step.”

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Sactown Sports 1140 has found their next program director. After an extensive search, GM Steve Cottingim and Bonneville Sacramento’s Group Director of Programming Chad Rufer have found their next leader in Atlanta, GA, tabbing Brian Gebhardt to guide the brand’s programming department.

Gebhardt heads west to join Bonneville Sacramento after enjoying over seven years of success at 92.9 The Game. He has served recently as the Executive Producer of the ‘Andy & Randy’ show featuring Randy McMichael and Andy Bunker. During his time with the Atlanta sports station, Gebhardt has learned under skilled leaders such as Terry Foxx, Sean Thompson, Reggie Rouse, and Mike Conti. Those experiences prepared Gebhardt for the next step, as did working with numerous on-air talents who have helped The Game become a model of consistency in Georgia.

“Brian’s experience working with both premiere talent and professional sports franchises will help us help the Sactown Sports brand grow both on-air and on-line ,” said Cottingim.

“Brian demonstrated to us a real passion for leading extraordinary talent,” shared Rufer. “We are very confident that he will help us grow Sactown Sports into Sacramento’s premiere sports brand.”

“I can’t wait to get started and I am beyond excited to be working with Bonneville,” added Gebhardt.  

The hiring of the Georgia native as new PD allows Nick Cattles to focus exclusively on hosting the station’s afternoon show, a role he’s wanted to invest more time. Cattles joined Sactown Sports in November 2021 and has pulled double duty since arriving in Northern California. He hired Ramie Makhlouf as his afternoon drive co-host and the duo have built a solid foundation in afternoons. Having the ability now to focus solely on the show should allow Cattles and Ramie to elevate their program even more.

The first day on the job for Gebhardt will be Monday February 3rd. Depending on what develops with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC playoffs, there’s a possibility he could be walking into two straight weeks of Super Bowl planning. Regardless, Gebhardt has a new market to learn, a new team to meet, a new company to deliver results for, and an opportunity to take a big step in his radio career.

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DNVR Sports Files Injunction Against Bonneville Over Denver Sports Brand

“We can’t allow someone that represents the exact opposite of us to damage the goodwill of our brand or create confusion in the community.”

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After Bonneville International unveiled new branding for its Denver Sports properties, digital outlet DNVR Sports has filed an injunction to stop the radio company from utilizing the brand and logos.

In a Twitter thread, ALLCITY Network CEO Brandon Spano claimed DNVR Sports has already seen listeners, viewers, and readers confuse the two brands. “We can’t allow someone that represents the exact opposite of us to damage the goodwill of our brand or create confusion in the community,” Spano tweeted.

“Our branding was created purposefully, to be different from the way sports networks traditionally looked,” he said in another tweet. “To represent the city of Denver in a simple way while removing us from the gloss and pretentiousness of sports media. To create something that brings people together.”

Spano added that ALLCITY sent Bonneville a cease-and-desist letter last week, but claims the company failed to respond, so an injunction has been filed.

The Denver Sports branding utilized by Bonneville — which encompasses 104.3 The Fan and ESPN Denver — features a black and white city skyline as well as the Rocky Mountains inside a hexagon with block lettering. The DNVR Sports logo is a rectangle, similar to the city of Denver flag, with the sun centered between the mountain peaks and a block “DNVR” below the rectangle.

The complaint filed by StudioIP LLC — the law firm representing ALLCITY — claims the branding used by Bonneville constitutes “trademark infringement, unfair competition, trade dress infringement, dilution by tarnishment, and tortious interference arising out of Bonneville’s trademark infringement of Plaintiff’s trademarks,” according to Westword.

Bonneville has denied any wrongdoing, saying the accusations “have absolutely no merit, and our legal counsel is preparing a formal response. Denver Sports remains committed to delivering the most in-depth and inclusive local sports content for all Denver sports fans.”

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