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Ben Maller Blasts FOX MLB Hosts Over Momentum Comments

“Despite the Dodgers’ historic win, Maller continued to downplay the idea of momentum on his broadcast Thursday morning.”

Jacob Conley

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Around 6 AM on Wednesday morning, Fox Sports host Ben Maller blasted his Fox colleagues for their assertion that the Los Angeles Dodgers had momentum after their Game 2 NLCS loss to the Atlanta Braves. He specifically went after David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, and Frank Thomas.

“I don’t normally watch postgame shows but this time I did,” Maller said. “I watched Big Papi, A-Rod and Frank Thomas all giggling like school girls because they said the Dodgers have momentum after scoring some runs in garbage time. NO! The Dodgers don’t have momentum. The Dodgers don’t have anything but an “L” because they didn’t score more runs than the other team. They don’t get a gold star or an extra-large juice box. This is not Little League.”

Approximately 12 hours later, the Dodger offense made Maller eat his words and vindicated the FS1 panel by scoring a playoff record 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 15-3 Los Angeles victory.

Before the Dodger bats destroyed his arguments, Maller also said that the idea of momentum is largely an invention of the media.

“I’ll admit momentum makes good sportscaster jargon,” Maller said. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually exist. It doesn’t exist for the Dodgers or the Atlanta Braves. Momentum is just an abstract idea that you can mold however you want, to fit to tell the story you are looking to tell. It is an after the fact explanation.”

Despite the Dodgers’ historic win, Maller continued to downplay the idea of momentum on his broadcast Thursday morning.

“The Dodgers have won one game,” Maller said. “They avoided being put on life support for a few hours. That’s all. They are still not out of the woods yet, but at least now they don’t have to worry about getting mauled by a Grizzly Bear (getting swept). They are still lost and their compass is broken though.”

Maller adds the reason the Braves lost Game Three was the poor performance of Braves’ starter Kyle Wright, who lasted only 2/3 of an inning.

“I know a lot of you, after what I said yesterday, were like, ‘hey Maller, it was the Dodgers’ momentum’. No it wasn’t. The reason the Braves lost the game was because Kyle Wright sucked. He pooped the bed and needs his diaper changed. It had nothing to do with momentum. The Braves scored a couple runs in the ninth inning last night. Does that mean they have momentum going into Game Four? No.”

Maller then criticized A-Rod once again.

“I think I was one of only four people to watch the postgame show,” Maller said. “With bravado and swagger. A-Rod says that the winner of Game 4 will win the NLCS. I disagree. The Braves still have the advantage even if it’s tied after four games. They have two ace pitchers in the hole. The Dodgers are likely to run at least one guy out there the rest of the way that will blow up.”

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16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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Streaming Radio

According to Nielsen, sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in their latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

Radio Listeners to MLB

Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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