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Barry Melrose Questions Sincerity Of Max Kellerman’s Hockey Comments

“Melrose was on The Jake Asman Show on SB Nation Radio on Tuesday and he talked about Kellerman’s comments and how maybe he felt Kellerman was trying to get stir up the debate with his comments.”

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Ever since Max Kellerman was on First Take last week saying that “in the United States of America, no one cares about hockey”, he has taken criticism from many in the hockey industry. First, it was ESPN anchor Linda Cohn, who tweeted her displeasure for the comments: 

Then, a couple days later, Colin Cowherd, host of The Herd on FS1, chimed in on Twitter by saying that college football was one of the big four sports in the US instead of the NHL, which was further behind on his rankings: 

This week, another major NHL expert chimed in with his thoughts. During the season, Cohn hosts a show on ESPN+ called In The Crease, which is a nightly show that shows all the highlights from that night’s games. Plus, you get analysis from former head coach and analyst at ESPN/NHL Network, Barry Melrose. 

Melrose was on The Jake Asman Show on SB Nation Radio on Tuesday and he talked about Kellerman’s comments and how maybe he felt Kellerman was trying to get stir up the debate with his comments. You can find the full interview with Melrose here.

“The funny thing about Max, I was at ESPN when he started a long time ago. He likes hockey. He likes all sports. I think he was trying to get a razz out of the guys.

Despite the comments that have been made, the NHL should get their chance to gain fans nationally when they resume play, which looks to happen this summer. Melrose addressed during the interview that while the NHL isn’t the most popular sport, it still is popular in its own right.

“In a lot of places, hockey is played in front of full houses every night. They are number one in a lot of cities. Hockey is a billion dollar industry. Are we as big as the other sports? No. But, I will tell you the product on the ice is great, the athletes are great. You don’t have to knock another product to make yours look better.”

One thing is for certain. The NHL is going to get an opportunity to gain more fans with an extended Stanley Cup Playoffs format and potentially more national TV exposure. Since the Olympics have been postponed until 2021, we could see more playoff games on NBC this summer, which can only help the sport. 

Even though ESPN does not have the broadcast rights to the NHL anymore, it is safe to say the network will cover it when play resumes as more and more sports start to come back. Once the Stanley Cup Playoffs start, the excitement for even the casual sports fan brings them to the television. 

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami, according to sources.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website. An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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