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Spence Checketts Signs Extension At ESPN 700

“While he doesn’t shy away from his past, Spence Checketts is focused on the future, both for himself and for his market.”

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Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Salt Lake City sports fans will hear a familiar voice in afternoon drive for the foreseeable future. BSM has learned that Broadway Media has agreed to terms on a contract extension that will keep Spence Checketts in afternoon drive on ESPN 700.

BSM reached out to Checketts to discuss the new contract. He started by thanking Steve Johnson. He said that the President of Broadway Media had been “very fair and decent throughout the process”.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done with the space so far and the prospect of continuing to build upon it is a great opportunity. The business has changed and will continue changing so having a multi year contract is a nice bit of security in an industry where security is rather scarce.”

Checketts is well established in the market. He has been on air since 2006. He started with ESPN 700 before moving to 1280/97.5 The Zone in 2012. He was off the air entirely for 18 months starting in 2018 as the result of legal troubles. He returned to ESPN 700 in August of 2019.

While he doesn’t shy away from his past, Spence Checketts is focused on the future, both for himself and for his market.

“Between the Jazz, Real Salt Lake, Utah and BYU, we have thousands and thousands of passionate sports fans who love to consume content about their teams, no matter what time of year it is. Ryan Smith has stepped in as the new Jazz owner and has already committed to spending money on a level which we have never seen before here in Salt Lake. Donovan (Mitchell) and Rudy (Gobert) are under contract for four more years, Mike Conley just signed for three years and Rudy gay has been added for some much needed time veteran wing depth. Really pumped to watch this group continue to grow. And our college football fan passion makes the fall around here really fun. It’s good living out here and really quite a good sports town.”

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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