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Big Cat: I Get Upset When People Don’t Get How Much I Work

“Tom Waddle pointed out that for someone with such a big online following, he has never seen Big Cat lose his temper with people criticizing him.”

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Big Cat spent a lot of time in the ESPN Chicago studio on Tuesday. The Barstool star was a guest on Waddle & Silvy for a commercial-free hour. During that hour, the trio jumped around to a number of topics in sports. When the conversation turned to Kris Bryant of the Colorado Rockies though, Big Cat offered some personal insight.

The three were discussing a Twitter account that they believe is a burner belonging to Kris’s father Mike. The account has a total of three followers and has sent 77 tweets. All of them clapping back at people that criticized Kris Bryant.

Big Cat defended firing back at haters and mean tweets, saying he had no problem with Kris Bryant or his dad having a burner account specifically for that purpose.

“It’s fun. It’s cathartic sometimes,” he said.

Tom Waddle pointed out that for someone with such a big online following, he has never seen Big Cat lose his temper with people criticizing him. The Barstool host says it has happened before. In fact, it happened pretty recently when he was flying home the Tuesday after the Final Four.

The timing of his flight meant he would miss his daily show that day and plenty of fans were coming at him online. While he was in a cab on the way to the airport, he started responding. That turned some of the disappointment into mocking Big Cat for “being triggered.”

“Listen, I was sitting there doing nothing and I wanted to get something off my chest,” he explained. “I’m done. I’ve moved on. Why are we shaming that?”

Big Cat explained that this wasn’t normal, meaningless criticism. This struck a particular nerve for him.

“When people don’t understand the content and the amount of time I put into it, then I get upset.”

He also revealed that he would like to be back home. When Waddle & Silvy asked Big Cat what he misses about the days of working in the Barstool Chicago office, he responded that hopefully, he would be doing it again soon. Big Cat said he did not want his kids growing up in New York and added that he would like to be back home in Chicago sometime in the next 12-18 months.

That would create a very interesting dynamic for Barstool Sports. Would PFT Commenter want to head to Chicago too? Plenty of shows are done with multiple hosts in different locations, but would the brand be open to doing that with Pardon My Take?

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16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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Streaming Radio

According to Nielsen, sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in their latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

Radio Listeners to MLB

Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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