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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo Tells MLB Players To Go To Hell

“Russo cited Tuesday’s New York Post report from Joel Sherman, which stated the players union may have known the proposal they agreed to in March for prorated salaries could potentially need to be adjusted.”

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Major League Baseball is staring at the possibility of a canceled season as the players and owners struggle to find common ground on compensation. Wednesday afternoon, during his SiriusXM show, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo didn’t hold back in blaming the players.

Although the players union agreed to prorated salaries shortly after it was realized the 2020 season would not start on time, MLB argues the deal would need renegotiation if games are to be played without fans in attendance.  MLB has floated the idea of a 50-50 revenue split which doesn’t appear to have much support from the players union. That’s where Russo’s rant comes in. 

“I don’t want to hear another word. I don’t want to hear another player moan and groan,” Russo said. “I don’t want to hear Clayton Kershaw on Dan Patrick. I don’t want to hear Ian Snell or Blake Snell or whatever his name is. I don’t want to hear Bryce Harper, I don’t want to hear Boras, I don’t want to hear another word. The union knew that if they we’re gonna play games in an empty stadium, they knew they were gonna have to take a price reduction. They knew it. So all of them can go to hell. Go to hell. That’s garbage.”

Russo cited Tuesday’s New York Post report from Joel Sherman, which stated the players union may have known the proposal they agreed to in March for prorated salaries could potentially need to be adjusted. 

“What a disgrace. They knew right from the get-go, that the letter and the exchange and the agreement that was made in March regarding the whole thing and the 50-50 revenue split, that they knew it would have to be renegotiated and changed if there was a situation,” Russo said. 

While these comments were made on his SiriusXM channel, Russo does also host a show on MLB Network, which is primarily owned by Major League Baseball. 

“And I got [players’ union executive director] Tony Clark telling the whole world how dare [commissioner Rob] Manfred try to jam a salary cap by us during a global pandemic when they asked for confirmation” Russo added, referring to the email clarifying that another negotiation may be needed. “And now since then they’ve made a big stink about the 50-50 thing. Go to hell. All of you.”

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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