Michael Jordan retired from the NBA at the age of 29, after winning three straight championships, while he was still undoubtedly the best and most popular player in the league. Jordan also retired after his gambling interests were highlighted, sparking some to connect the two, which Colin Cowherd believes is absurd.
While many people question the motives behind Jordan’s baseball bender, Cowherd called those conspiracy theorists “losers” during his Monday edition of The Herd on FS1 and FOX Sports Radio.
“For all you conspiracy people out there, just remember, commissioners are paid by owners,” said Cowherd. “The NBA had never been as popular, all the owners were getting rich, and all the valuations of their franchises were going up because the TV ratings were massive because of Michael Jordan.”
Cowherd laughed at the notion that then commissioner David Stern would suspend Jordan for 18 months, an odd amount of time considering it allowed him to return in the middle of a season. But is it possible the league intended to suspend Jordan for two years and allowed him to return early? Not according to Cowherd.
“There’s two problems with conspiracy theorists,” Cowherd explained. “Number one, they’re losers. And number two is even if you give them facts, they hold onto their conspiracy theory like they did their teddy bear when they were 20.”
Cowherd said none of the owners would have taken issue with Jordan making bets while golfing on his own time because, everybody does it.
Betting on the golf course is a widely accepted practice, but as absurd as it might be to say Jordan was suspended, it’s equally absurd to say his gambling was contained to the golf course. Some conspiracy theorists believe Jordan’s lost wagers even led to the murder of his father in 1993.
Cowherd went on to debunk any connection between Jordan’s gambling and his father’s tragic death, noting he was killed by “two hillbillies who robbed banks.” Considering the killers had limited technology, the idea that it could have been an arranged murder is outrageous, according to Cowherd.
Cowherd also explained that Jordan’s love for baseball was real. Years before he retired, Jordan was already telling people close to him that he planned on playing baseball after winning a third NBA title.
The NBA, team owners and commissioner Stern loved Jordan, but Jordan also loved baseball and was driven by an unmatched desire to compete. Jordan is a winner and according to Cowherd, conspiracy theorists are “losers.”
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1.
“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”
The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”
Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.
BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week
“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”
BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII.
Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.
The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.