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Radio host Colin Cowherd no longer will appear on ESPN following comments he made questioning the intelligence of Dominican Republic players related to baseball one day earlier, the company said in a statement Friday.

“Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees,” ESPN said in a statement. “Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.”

Cowherd issued an apology later Friday via Twitter.

I did not intend to offend anyone w my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.

Cowherd had said Thursday that he didn’t believe baseball was complex, saying a third of the sport was from the Dominican Republic, which had “not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities.”

Major League Baseball on Friday said Cowherd owes Dominican players an apology for the remarks, and the MLB Players Association also condemned his comments.

Earlier Friday, Cowherd addressed his remarks from Thursday during The Herd.

“I could’ve made the point without using one country, and there’s all sorts of smart people from the Dominican Republic,” Cowherd said. “I could’ve said a third of baseball’s talent is being furnished from countries with economic hardships, therefore educational hurdles. For the record, I used the Dominican Republic because they’ve furnished baseball with so many great players.”

Cowherd on Friday also cited reports and statistics to back up what he said about the country’s ranking when it comes to primary education.

“I understand that when you mention a specific country, they get offended,” Cowherd said. “I get it. I do. And for that, I feel bad. I do. But I have four reports in front of me … where there are discussions of major deficiencies in the education sector at all levels. … It wasn’t a shot at them. It was data. Five, seven years ago I talked about the same subject. Was I clunky? Perhaps. Did people not like my tone? I get it. Sometimes my tone stinks.

“I think when you host a radio show, just like Jon Stewart hosts a show, I think sometimes I bring up stuff … that makes people cringe. I’m not saying there’s not intelligent, educated people from the Dominican Republic. I cringe at the data, too.”

Major League Baseball issued its statement after Cowherd’s show aired Friday.

“Major League Baseball condemns the remarks made by Colin Cowherd, which were inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game,” it said. “Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology.”

Tony Clark, executive director of the MLBPA, also issued a statement in which he took issue with Cowherd’s response Friday to his original comments.

“As a veteran of 15 MLB seasons, I can assure you that our sport is infinitely more complex than some in the media would have you believe,” Clark said. “To suggest otherwise is ignorant, and to make an ignorant point by denigrating the intelligence of our Dominican members was not ‘clunky’ — it was offensive.

“These recent comments are particularly disappointing when viewed against the backdrop of the important work being done to celebrate and improve the cultural diversity of our game. Baseball’s partners and stakeholders should help such efforts, not undermine them.”

There were 83 Dominican players on Opening Day rosters this year, representing about 10 percent of all players in the majors.

The flap stems from Cowherd’s comments on Thursday, which were made while debating whether it was difficult for a front-office executive to take over managerial duties — using current Miami Marlins general manager/manager Dan Jennings as an example.

“It’s baseball,” Cowherd said Thursday. “You don’t think a general manager can manage? Like it’s impossible? The game is too complex? I’ve never bought into that, ‘Baseball’s just too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities. A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have.

“Baseball is like any sport. It’s mostly instincts. A sports writer who covers baseball could go up to Tony La Russa and have a real baseball argument, and Tony would listen and it would seem reasonable. There’s not a single NFL writer in the country who could diagram a play for Bill Belichick. You know, we get caught up in this whole ‘thinking-man’s game.’ Is it in the same family? Most people could do it. It’s not being a concert pianist. It’s in the same family.”

Cowherd, who had been with ESPN for 12 years, announced earlier this week that he’s leaving the company for another business opportunity.

Credit to ESPN who originally published this article

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Bob Fescoe: “To Have the NFL Without Peter King Just Sounds Kind of Weird”

“He’s just developed a reputation and a rolodex and confidence with people that’s he talking [with] to become, I think, the preeminent NFL sportswriter.”

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Longtime NFL columnist Peter King announced that he is retiring from writing on a full-time basis, revealing his decision in his Football Morning in America column for NBC Sports. The move comes after serving as a sportswriter for 44 years and covering the last 40 Super Bowl championships. Within his column, King explained the rationale behind retiring from his decision, some of which include his desire to try new things and a declining interest in the daily news cycle.

Although his work is oftentimes lengthy compared to other NFL reports, King’s columns are packed with news, analysis and insight that has been considered among the best in the business for many years. The most recent edition focused on his favorite moments in the NFL over the years, along with conversations with members of the back-to-back Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

“I do really like Peter King and I do read his column, but it takes me a while,” 610 Sports Radio co-host Josh Klingler said on Monday’s edition of Fescoe in the Morning. “The problem is that sometimes it’ll be out early in the morning and like, ‘Okay, do I need this? Is there anything interesting; nuggets for the show or whatever?,’ but it’s hard to get through in one sitting because he writes so much. His volume is unbelievable; I don’t know how he processes everything.”

Klingler, who also works on Kansas City Chiefs radio broadcasts, remembered that King was one of the last people he saw at Super Bowl LVIII. After the game, he met with head coach Andy Reid and then proceeded to turn around a comprehensive column recapping the week to appeal to football fans all over the world.

“The status in which he has attained; the level respective to which he has attained,” Klingler explained. “To me, unlike say the NFL Networks or the CBS or the FOXs and whatever who basically pay to get their access, Peter King just basically carved his own niche for the longest time and still has it through multiple employers.”

King began his career with Sports Illustrated and helped establish “Monday Morning Quarterback,” which was also the original name of his columns. Within his most recent edition of Football Morning in America, he took time to reflect on young journalists he mentored that are thriving in the business today. King has received laudatory messages for his storied career in sports media by industry professionals and football fans since his latest column was published by ProFootballTalk, some of whom cannot envision the sport without his contributions.

“It’s not like Sports Illustrated was buying, ‘We are the official whatever,’” Klingler said. “He’s just developed a reputation and a rolodex and confidence with people that’s he talking [with] to become, I think, the preeminent NFL sportswriter.”

Co-host Bob Fescoe appreciates that King discerns the information and intel he has gathered in his column rather than posting things separately on social media platforms. He compared him to Jay Glazer, who reveals information on editions of FOX NFL Sunday ahead of NFL on FOX matchups every week during the football season. King has developed professional relationships with those in the NFL and gained the respect of personnel associated with the league, making a reality without his weekly column difficult to realize.

“Peter King compiles it all on a Monday, and it’s a very good column about the entire weekend of the NFL and whatnot,” Fescoe said. “I’m going to miss kind of going through that and reading that because you’re right – for some of the nuggets for the show or some of the great stories he had.”

Both Fescoe and Klingler expressed their respect for King throughout the segment within their commentary and acknowledged that things will be altered without him. Nonetheless, the football world is grateful for his presence and columns and collectively wished him well as they saw the news on Monday morning.

“People respect Peter King maybe more so than anybody else in the NFL,” Fescoe added, “and to have the NFL without Peter King just sounds kind of weird. It’s different.”

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Matty ‘Ice’ Hayes Signs Extension with 97.1 The Fan in Columbus

“The Fan has been my home for 10 years and I’m very excited to continue working at a
station that has been a part of my life for so long.”

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97.1 The Fan in Columbus announced they have signed Matty ‘Ice’ Hayes to a multi-year extension. Hayes co-hosts Rothman and Ice in middays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. each weekday along with Anthony Rothman. He also hosts The Fan pregame show on Saturday gamedays in the fall.

“The Fan has been my home for 10 years and I’m very excited to continue working at a station that has been a part of my life for so long,” Hayes said in a release. “Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way, and I can’t wait for what’s next!”

Station Manager, Cody Welling commented: “Matt has been working extremely hard developing his broadcast talents. We value his point-of-view on topics, and he is the perfect duo for our highly rated midday show, Rothman and Ice. I’m happy that Columbus sports fans will be able to access Matt Hayes for years to come each weekday, and on college football gamedays.”

“Matty is just scratching the surface of what he can do,” said Matt Fishman, Program
Director/Operations Manager at The Fan. “I’m excited to continue to watch and listen to
him grow here at The Fan.”

Hayes has been at The Fan for ten years. He started his career at The Fan as a producer and has been the co-host of Rothman and Ice since 2020.

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Scott McCarthy Joins Workhouse Media as President, Workhouse Sports

“McCarthy joins CEO Paul Anderson, EVP John McConnell, and EVP Keith Kauffman to expand Workhouse’s first-in-class talent and content business.”

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Talent and content management company Workhouse Media is strengthening its leadership team. Former ESPN executive Scott McCarthy has signed on to serve as President, Workhouse Sports. McCarthy joins CEO Paul Anderson, EVP John McConnell, and EVP Keith Kauffman to expand Workhouse’s first-in-class talent and content business. His specific focus will be on the sports category.

The Los Angeles-based McCarthy spent 7 years in investment banking and venture capital before entering the media business. He spent over 25 years in audio, television, print, gaming, and digital, 12 with ESPN as a senior executive. Until companywide layoffs were issued in April 2023, McCarthy had served as Vice President of ESPN Audio.

“We are beyond fortunate to have Scott as part of the Workhouse family. Scott is a smart, disruptive thinker whose background and entrepreneurial drive make him the perfect person to lead our new sports vertical” said Paul B. Anderson, Principal & CEO of Workhouse Media.

“I’ve worked alongside and across the table from Scott for 30 years. He is a best-in-class executive and is perfectly positioned in this role” added John McConnell, Workhouse’s EVP.

“I could not be more excited or honored to be joining the Workhouse Media team and getting the opportunity to work alongside Paul, John, and Keith,” shared McCarthy. “Over the years, Workhouse has clearly established itself as the preeminent management company for talent and content developers to expand their brands and businesses across multiple entertainment platforms, and I look forward to helping Workhouse further develop their presence in the sports category.”

McCarthy will be in New York City for the upcoming BSM Summit. Those looking to reach out to Scott to congratulate him or learn about his new role can email here.

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