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Bob Fescoe: ‘David Shaw Is Most Underrated Analyst On TV’
“I know he’s still a football coach at Stanford, but he knows everything about every player. I think he is great.”
The first night of the 2022 NFL Draft featured plenty of surprise picks, valuable selections and trades across the league. The event, which was set up across part of the Las Vegas Strip, was telecast across various major networks, including ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.
One team that has contended for and won a Super Bowl over the last five seasons is the Kansas City Chiefs. Since the team finished with one of the best records in football last season, the Chiefs’ first selection in which they owned was 30th overall. Yet in an effort to improve its defense, the team traded the 29th overall pick, which it received in the trade with the Miami Dolphins that sent Tyreek Hill to South Beach, along with a third and fourth round selection to the New England Patriots in order to draft cornerback Trent McDuffie 21st overall.
While much of the conversation on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City was focused on the Chiefs’ two first round selections, Trent McDuffie of Washington and George Karlaftis of Purdue, Fescoe in the Morning did discuss the broadcast itself. In fact Bob Fescoe believed that it was all perfectly scripted to fit in a given time interval, a perception he has had about the league for several years.
“We talked about [how] they wanted to fit everything into a three-hour window, and that’s essentially what they did last night,” said Fescoe. “I think the NFL has a way of telling people, ‘Alright, you got to make your pick now.’”
This deliberate timing of the draft being presented as a live, television show meant that NFL teams had to be ready to make their pick within 10 minutes of the previous pick. It felt at times though that teams were moving quicker, meaning that some of the feature stories being presented by the networks had to be cut to televise Commissioner Roger Goodell’s announcement of a selection.
“Right around when the Chiefs were making their first pick… Andrew Whitworth was on stage doing his NFL Man of the Year [announcement]; he’s got a serious message to deliver,” said show co-host Josh Klingler. “Then you see ‘Pick is in….’ It seemed like the picks were ready, and the show was holding it up at some points in time. I’m like, ‘Wow, they are really cooking through this thing.’”
Nonetheless, both hosts felt the show was enjoyable to watch as football fans, characterizing it as a “wild” slew of action. Fescoe was watching the NFL Network broadcast of the draft and exalted their broadcast team, which featured Rich Eisen, Ian Rapoport and Kurt Warner. He also spoke about the performance of a specific analyst he believes is overlooked in the sports media world.
“David Shaw is the most underrated analyst out there right now,” Fescoe expressed. “I know he’s still a football coach at Stanford, but he knows everything about every player. I think he is great.”
The second day of the NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. EST, and will once again be broadcast on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Unlike round one, picks must be made within a seven-minute-window tonight, as the proceedings will conclude at 11:30 p.m. EST. The final day of the NFL Draft is tomorrow where rounds four through seven will be broadcast beginning at 12 p.m. EST.
Derek Futterman is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. In addition, he interns in video production with the New York Islanders and formerly worked as production manager for the team’s radio broadcasts. He previously interned for Paramount within Showtime Networks, wrote for the Long Island Herald and served as lead sports producer at NY2C. To get in touch, find him on Twitter @derekfutterman.
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106.7 The Fan Extends Deal to Remain Washington Nationals Flagship
“We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future…”
106.7 The Fan has announced it has reached a multi-year extension with the Washington Nationals to remain as the MLB club’s radio flagship.
Nationals fans will continue to hear game broadcasts on the station, and those living inside the club’s broadcast territory will be able to stream the radio broadcasts on the Audacy app.
“Opening Day is finally here and we’re thrilled to celebrate the return of baseball season by extending our partnership with the Washington Nationals,” said Audacy Washington D.C. Senior Vice President and Market Manager Ivy Savoy-Smith. “We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future and give the team’s fans a front row seat to the action on the field and top storylines throughout the year.”
The Nationals have called 106.7 The Fan home since the 2011 season. Beyond game broadcasts, the station will welcome Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo to The Sports Junkies every Wednesday at 9:00 AM throughout the season. The station will also air segments titled “Nats Insider”, hosted by broadcaster Dan Kolko that feature player interviews and features. Those segments will air all along the Nationals Radio Network.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with Audacy in bringing Nationals fans even more of the interviews and exclusive access they love,” said Lerner Sports Group COO Alan H. Gottlieb. “From in-depth interviews with execs and top players, to off-the-field profiles and more Spanish and English bilingual content than ever before, Audacy offers a comprehensive look at our ball club from all angles.”
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Todd Markiewicz Departing 97.1 The Fan
“He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”
Longtime 97.1 The Fan Vice President and Market Manager Todd Markiewicz has announced he is leaving the sports radio station.
Markiewicz has been named the President of the 1870 Society, a Name, Image, and Likeness collective working with Ohio State athletics and Learfield to devise NIL strategy, fundraising, and logistics.
In an internal memo, Tegna Columbus President and General Manager John Cardenas credited Markiewicz for helping to establish the brand as “the powerhouse sports station in the country. He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”
Markiewicz joined the station in 2010. Under his leadership, 97.1 The Fan has routinely ranked as the highest-rated station in the Columbus market.
His final day with the station will be Friday, May 26th.
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio. Reach him at email@example.com.
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Gregg Giannotti: Doug Gottlieb Is ‘Using My Name’ To Deflect Blame From Himself
“I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there.”
Earlier this week, Doug Gottlieb revisited a gaffe he made on the set of CBS’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show a decade ago. On a set that included Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Greg Gumbel, and Kenny Smith, Gottlieb said that he was there to “provide the white man’s perspective.” Gottlieb owned that it was a poor attempt at humor, but Gregg Giannotti takes issue with the FOX Sports Radio host’s version of events that lead up to the televised misstep.
“If you’ll allow me, I’d like to clear my name for a little bit,” Giannotti said on Wednesday’s edition of Boomer and Gio on WFAN.
Gottlieb contends that he tried out a better rehearsed version of the joke in a number of other places before going on television and it was well-received. No one told him it was a bad idea or that if delivered in the wrong way, it could create problems. One of those places, according to Gottlieb, was CBS Sports Radio’s Gio & Jones.
One problem, the show did not exist in 2013.
“Here are my issues with this,” Gregg Giannotti said. “One, I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there. Two, he is placing blame now on whoever he told this to to stop him and say ‘Don’t do this on the set!’”.
Boomer Esiason, Giannotti’s WFAN partner said he can see how Gottlieb overlooked the reality that this joke would not land well with a general audience. Former athletes are used to joking with one another like this in locker rooms. Plus, being on a set with Barkley and Smith may have made Gottlieb think that he would get a little more leeway.
Esiason added that he can see how Gottlieb would assume Gio was there. The show on CBS Sports Radio that he was likely on was MoJo, which featured Brian Jones and Chris Moore. It became Gio & Jones in 2015 when Giannotti came to CBS Sports Radio from 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, where worked in 2013. More surprising to Esiason was the Gottlieb wanted to talk about this a decade after it happened.
“He’s still hanging on this,” Giannotti answered. “The issue I have is that he is using me, saying that he tried it out on me and that I found it hilarious but I should have stopped him from saying the joke when I wasn’t even part of this. I was talking about the god damn Penguins!”