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Scott Ferrall Goes Off On Entercom, WFAN Bosses
“According to Ferrall, he saw the writing on the wall when Entercom assumed control of CBS Radio in 2017.”
Scott Ferrall doesn’t miss Entercom and he’s happy with his new gig at Sportsgrid, but that didn’t prevent him from taking a few shots at his old company.
It was a shock to the industry when Ferrall randomly ditched his CBS Sports Radio show shortly after the New Year. One week later, he resurfaced with a new show on Sportsgrid. But during a recent appearance on the Bet and Collect podcast, Ferrall told Kevin Rogers of Vegas Insider, his plan was to work for both networks until Entercom came back with what he considered a lowball offer.
“I just don’t like suits that think they’re smarter than me, that think they can play me,” Ferrall said of Entercom. “So the difference was I played them better than they played me.”
According to Ferrall, he saw the writing on the wall when Entercom assumed control of CBS Radio in 2017. Having witnessed multiple buyouts, takeovers and mergers during his career, Ferrall knew changes were going to take place within the company that could potentially lead to a “lowball” contract offer and ultimately his exit.
With his deal coming to an end, Ferrall said he was assured by the “head of WFAN” that everything was going to be fine and there would be no lowball offer, so he began 2020 with plans of working at both CBS Sports Radio and Sportsgrid. But despite what Ferrall believed to be assurance from the head of WFAN, someone from above came in with a lowball offer anyway. Ferrall described that person as a 33-year old Senior Vice President at Entercom who he calls “idiot face.”
Although Ferrall’s most recent tenure with CBS Sports Radio only saw him host on the network, he went no holds barred when referring to the talent on Entercom’s local sports station in New York, WFAN.
“I’m not a felon, I’m not a guy that’s getting everything handed to him on a silver platter as I get out of prison, I’m not on morning shows that suck that no one listens to. I’m not the afternoon drive show that no one listens to. I’m not the guy that falls asleep on the air. I’m not the guy that when he loses to the crosstown rival, retires five times,” Ferrall told Rogers. Without naming names, he was clearly upset at the loyalty Entercom and WFAN showed Mike Francesa and the loyalty everyone is anticipating they’ll soon show with Craig Carton.
“They dealt with all those people like they were God’s gift to the world and they treated me like I was some kinda heroin dealer because I talk about sports betting. Well kiss my skinny white old fat ass,” Ferrall added.
During Ferrall’s tenure with CBS Sports Radio and Entercom, WFAN underwent a number of transitional phases, attempting to replace Mike Francesa twice and Craig Carton once. Ferrall was never featured or mentioned publicly as a candidate to join WFAN full-time, but his apparent disdain for their current lineup makes it seem like he would’ve been interested in a tryout.
Ferrall also touted the freedom he has with Sportsgrid, compared to the editorial control Entercom enforced over his show. Despite the company now displaying an interest in sports wagering, Ferrall said Entercom wouldn’t let him discuss the topic as frequently as he wanted.
One person Ferrall spoke fondly of is the current SVP and Market Manager for Entercom New York Chris Oliviero. Oliviero was Ferrall’s former producer at WNEW in the early 2000’s and an executive with CBS Sports Radio when he joined the company in 2013, before their merger with Entercom.
When Ferrall exited Entercom in January, Oliviero was a former employee of the company, but four months later he was welcomed back. Which poses the question, would Ferrall have left the company earlier this year if he knew Oliviero would return as SVP just a few months later?
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.
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Doug Gottlieb Details Interviewing For College Basketball Head Coaching Vacancy
“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”
Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.
“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.
“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”
He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.
“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”
He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.
Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.
Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.
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