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1250 AM The Fan’s Tobi Altizer: Big Broadcast Salaries Bad For NFL

“I don’t know that this is good. Because you could start luring good people for the leagues out early to go work in broadcasting because they’ll make more money.”

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Would the NFL game be diminished had Sean McVay and John Lynch left their respective jobs to jump into broadcasting? The Los Angeles Rams would likely be less formidable without McVay on the sidelines. The San Francisco 49ers might not have as impressive a roster without Lynch putting it together.

The Bart Winkler Show‘s Tobi Altizer made that argument while discussing the NFL broadcasting carousel and the massive salaries now being paid for the top analyst positions.

“I don’t know that this is good,” Alitzer said to Bart Winkler. “Because you could start luring — and I think this has happened with officiating — you could start luring good people for the leagues out early to go work in broadcasting because they’ll make more money.”

“What if Sean McVay did leave and go to the booth? Obviously, it’s a limited number of jobs because it’s not like there’s tons and tons of major networks. But what if McVay leaves and goes to the booth? That’s one of the best coaches in the NFL and he leaves.”

Going off Tuesday’s big news of Aaron Rodgers re-signing with the Green Bay Packers and Russell Wilson getting traded to the Denver Broncos, Alitzer asks if we’d see such moves if Rodgers or Wilson decided to take a big broadcasting salary rather than play one or two more years in the NFL.

(Granted, even ESPN or Amazon wouldn’t approach what Rodgers is reportedly being paid in his new contract with the Packers, if reports of a four-year, $200 million deal are true.)

It’s an intriguing question, but how the broadcasting carousel has played out probably shows that younger coaches and executives like McVay and Lynch are going to stay in the league while they still have the energy and competitive drive for their jobs. And top-tier quarterbacks such as Rodgers and Wilson aren’t going to retire if they believe a Super Bowl title is attainable. (Not to mention, the money is just too lucrative.)

Sean Payton left the New Orleans Saints, but admittedly needed a break. (And as of yet, he hasn’t signed on for a broadcasting gig.) Tony Romo jumped to CBS’s No. 1 analyst role when he could’ve played at least one more season. But he was also coming off a back injury that required surgery and limited him to five games in his last two seasons. (Several might point out that Romo shouldn’t be compared to the likes of Rodgers and Wilson, either.)

Also, this offseason broadcasting carousel is a phenomenon unlikely to be repeated for at least a few years. Once Amazon and Fox decide on their top broadcast teams, those positions won’t likely open up for a while. Troy Aikman is signed with ESPN for five years. Sure, there can always be churn. People leave or get fired. Changes can be made. But once this carousel stops, it may not spin again for a while.

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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