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Colin Cowherd Unveils New USFL On The Herd

“The league is comprised of two divisions with eight teams in each.”

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Fox Sports Radio host Colin Cowherd is bullish on the prospect of professional spring football, and so is his employer. The Fox Sports-backed USFL unveiled the eight teams playing in the inaugural 2022 season on Cowherd’s show. The league is comprised of two divisions with four squads in each.

“In the Northern Division,” Cowherd said. “there’s the Michigan Panthers…Next up, this is a familiar name, the New Jersey Generals. I think we had a former president who was a part of that. The next one is the Philadelphia Stars. Rounding out the Northern Division, the Pittsburgh Maulers.”

The league is kicking off in April 2022 and will play a 10-week schedule. They are focused on developing players and building an identity apart from the NFL.

“Let’s go to the Southern Division,” Cowherd continued. “So, the Birmingham Stallions. The Houston Gamblers. The New Orleans Breakers and the Tampa Bay Bandits. some of these names may be familiar to you, and this kind of a fun, high quality, very young players, NFL rules mostly.”

Fox voices like Daryl Johnston and Mike Pereira are both manning executive roles within the league.

Cowherd began the segment talking about his early thoughts on fledgling sports leagues that have made it big.

“The UFC,” Cowherd described. “There was a lot of doubters when the UFC came out. I used to work at another sports company, and 15 years ago, I went to that sports company, and I said, ‘there’s this thing called UFC, my buddies in LA and Vegas love it and all you guys who sit and watch Boston Red Sox in Connecticut, you better embrace this thing because people love it.’ And now, 15 years later, you look at the UFC and you think, ‘Oh, it’s been around forever.’ They had a real fight on their hands.”

The USFL has a chance to stay afloat if they can bring in the same kind of attention the XFL got last February before it had to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Andrew Williams Named Brand Manager of BetQL Network

Williams will be based in Washington DC and will oversee all producers, talent, and audio content for the network.

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Audacy has announced Andrew Williams as the Brand Manager of the BetQL Network, the company’s sports betting platform.

Williams comes to BetQL after working as the Senior Producer for SiriusXM FC. He has also spent the past year as the Executive Podcast Producer for Chicago Fire FC.

“I am delighted and honored to join the BetQL Network and the Audacy family,” Williams said. “The opportunity to join the leaders in Wagertainment is something that I could not pass up. My family and I are extremely excited about this next chapter.”

“Andrew possesses a proven track record of creatively reaching audiences through the creation and development of rich multimedia content, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to BetQL Network as that is one of the core principles of the network,” said Matthew Volk, Audacy Senior Vice President of Sports. “We look forward to welcoming him and his leadership to our brand, which has seen rapid growth across all platforms over the last year, and watching his experience and expertise help continue to grow the network.”

BetQL Network distributes roughly 100 hours of original content per week on the Audacy and BetQL digital platforms, and features shows like BetQL Daily, You Better You Bet, The Daily Tip, and BetMGM Tonight.

Williams will be based in Washington DC and will oversee all producers, talent, and audio content for the network.

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Reese Waters Exits The Team 980

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In what appears to be another budget cut from Audacy, The Reese Waters Show on The Team 980 has been cancelled.

“It is in fact true The Reese Waters Show on The Team 980 has come to an end,” Waters confirmed during a video posted to Twitter. Waters went on to thank his producers, guests, and listeners for helping him grow both personally and professionally during his stint hosting the show.

Waters, who told Barrett Sports Media his sportscasting career began by happenstance, joined the station in February of 2021. His show aired from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM daily. He will remain the host of Open Mic on WUSA TV.

Audcay has made several cuts over the last week. Jerry Coleman has departed 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, while the entire staff of 1250 The Fan in Milwaukee was dismissed.

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Craig Carton Details ‘MMA Uncensored Live’ Demise to Dana White

“About, maybe, 10 shows into it, Kevin Kay — the former President of Spike — comes to me and says ‘Listen, from now on, you can’t talk about the UFC’.”

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UFC President Dana White appeared on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts Wednesday, which allowed Craig Carton the opportunity to tell White how he was partially responsible for the demise of Carton’s short-lived television show MMA Uncensored Live.

“I was not the biggest MMA guy, but I knew Dana and I knew the guys at Spike real well,” Carton said. “Spike decided to get in bed with Bellator, which was just a stupid decision because the UFC’s everything, right? So, Dana, you don’t know this story, I don’t think. About, maybe, 10 shows into it, Kevin Kay — the former President of Spike — comes to me and says ‘Listen, from now on, you can’t talk about the UFC’. And I go ‘Wait a minute. The name of the show is MMA Uncensored Live’. It was on Thursday nights. All we’re doing is talking UFC. And he says to me ‘I’m not putting any more money in Dana White’s pockets. F*** Dana White’. And I go ‘Then I quit. I can’t do the show’. Because it’s about the UFC.

“So he goes ‘Alright. I’m gonna compromise with you’. And the compromise was you can talk about a fight from last weekend but you can’t promote the fights that are happening in 48 hours. Which made no sense to me. And then when the poop hit the fan, I went on MMA Uncensored Live and I said, on the air, Joe Rogan is the best sports analyst of any sport on any network. And two weeks later, the show disappeared. So thanks, Dana. Appreciate that.”

White, who made headlines for calling an ESPN reporter a “scumbag”, then went on to detail how a Viacom executive — the parent company of Spike — who calls himself “Philippe Doo-mond” was one of the most “arrogant, pompous, goofy” people on the planet. White said “His real name is Phil Dauman. He’s from Jersey,” before detailing how Dauman thought Viacom had built the UFC into what it was at the time. Those ineptitudes, in White’s eyes, made the show’s cancellation unsurprising.

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