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Gregg Giannotti: Ian Eagle ‘Needs To Get Jim Nantz Outta There’ To Call A Super Bowl

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It was announced yesterday that Jim Nantz will step aside from his duties as the voice of the Final Four for CBS, a role he’s held since 1991, and make way for Ian Eagle to take his spot. WFAN morning host Gregg Giannotti told Boomer Esiason he’s happy for Eagle, and hopes it allows for even more opportunities.

“Big news for Ian Eagle! Our buddy! He’s gonna get the chance to call the Final Four and the National Championship Game in college basketball,” said Giannotti on Boomer & Gio. “He was waiting for a very, very long time as the number two guy there at CBS. To be able to call a Super Bowl, to be able to call a Final Four, to be able to call anything really that was the top dog because Jim Nantz had ’em all. Now he wouldn’t do The Masters, I don’t believe. I don’t think Ian really does golf much.”

Giannotti then set his sights on Eagle to announce America’s biggest sporting event for CBS.

“The next one now he needs to get Nantz out of there is the Super Bowl. Now he’s got the Final Four, next he needs to get him outta there for the Super Bowl.”

“Not ‘get him outta there’. I don’t see Jim retiring anytime soon in that regard,” Esiason added, saying he also believes Nantz moved from California to Nashville recently.

“Really? He left California? I thought California was perfect for him. A little sauvignon blanc overlooking a cliff side out to the Pacific,” Giannotti joked.

Esiason then joked that Nantz is only two years older than he is, and cutting back “sounds like a good idea”. He then asked “Who calls a Super Bowl first? Ian or Noah?” referencing Noah Eagle, who recently announced his first NFL game for FOX. “Noah is on the fast track, man,” Boomer added.

“Ian. Ian will get a Super Bowl,” Giannotti concluded.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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