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Mike Ricordati: Coverage Of The Masters Is Like Showing 4 Innings Of The World Series

“This is your biggest event. Wouldn’t you want to give people as much of the event as you can?”



Golf’s most prestigious tournament kicked off Thursday with a lot of fanfare around the return of Tiger Woods. While The Masters’ main storyline centers around Woods’s comeback, some in the media are criticizing how the worldwide leader in sports is covering it.

During Thursday’s episode of The Common Man & T-Bone Show on The Fan 97.1 in Columbus, OH, both host took a jab at how ESPN covers The Masters, calling the network out for not having full coverage on-air until the afternoon and compared it to Fox only airing the last few innings of the World Series.

“I try to find The Masters on TV, flip on ESPN, flap, not there,” Mike Ricordati said. “Tiger is playing right now, The Masters must be on television someplace. Then someone came in and said they don’t start coverage until 3 or 3:30 on TV. This to me is the equivalent of hey, I want to watch the World Series, but we only show innings 5 through 9, sorry.”

If your a golf fan and don’t like how The Masters is covered, remember that the coverage of the first eight holes did not begin until 1993 because of resistance from Augusta National and tournament organizers. The same problems with how the tournament should be covered is still a big issue today.

“Here’s one thing I don’t understand, like on Golf Channel, they are airing nothing,” Ricordati said. “This is your biggest event. Wouldn’t you want to give people as much of the event as you can?

“Oh, I mean they want to but the Masters and Augusta don’t want it out there. They think it’s saturates the market too much. They think less is more and they turn down millions to have broader coverage.”

The two then discuss why the people running The Masters are old fashioned and antiquated in their ways.

“Everyone that runs The Masters is rich guy flexing on us. They are looking at ESPN like ‘I guess we’ll let you show some of The Masters but not all of it,'” T-Bone said. “We don’t need your stupid coverage of this thing, everyone knows how great it is. If you walk in with your cell phone, I think they punch you then shoot you dead on sight. I get it’s the tradition, it’s The Masters its the whole thing but your right Mike, this is a bunch of people who run that place who say we don’t care if you don’t like it, don’t come, we got plenty of people that want to be here.”

Though ratings were up for the 2021 edition of The Masters, netted an average final-day audience of 5.59 million viewers and a household rating of 3.4. However, the 2021 ratings were the lowest for a regularly scheduled Masters tourney in the modern Nielsen ratings era.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.



Joy Taylor

On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.



Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”



Dennis Eckersley

On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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