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Trump Discusses Sports and Politics with Cowherd

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Republican Presidential candidate and billionaire television personality Donald Trump joined Colin Cowherd’s program on FS1 Monday.

The conversation covered a number of topics including Trump’s friendship with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, how he’ll approach the process of selecting a running mate, owning a sports franchise, and more.

Here are some of the highlights:

On the subject of Trump receiving more news coverage than the other candidates:

“In your business, it’s about ratings. That is one of the reasons you are so good and one of the reasons I happened to see you. In the old days, prior to this cycle, they would have very few people watching these debates and the networks literally didn’t want them. What happens is that it is all about the ratings and I can understand why they ask me more questions, frankly.”

On whether running for President is potentially damaging to his powerful business brand:

“It’s not good for business and it’s not a positive from that standpoint. But I’ve seen so many things go so bad  and you look at what’s happening with our country, I just looked at it and I said, ‘I’m going to do it.’ It takes courage to run for President. Believe me, they really come at you 15 different ways, but I really didn’t care, I just wanted to do it.”

On his friendship with Tom Brady:

“I think Tom is one of the great athletes. He is one of those few people who does better under pressure and you’re born with that. They have all sorts of psycho-analysts and everything else, but you’re born with it and I’ve seen it over the years. You don’t see it often, it’s very rare, but you’ll see it with the great champions and Tom is one of them.

On sports gambling and daily fantasy sports:

“I’m OK with it because it’s happening anyway. Whether you have it or you don’t have it, you have it.”

On the perception that the NFL is tone deaf and an opinion on the movement to make the game less physically violent:

“The NFL has handled a lot of situations pretty badly, but it continues on. I hope they don’t soften the game up too much by the way. I was reading yesterday they might not do [kickoffs] anymore and eventually you’re not going to have the same game. Don’t make it too politically correct. It’s a violent game.”

On what if any professional sports teams he would ever be interested in owning:

“I’m from New York and I’d say maybe the Yankees. I think Dallas [Cowboys] and different teams are really well thought up from the standpoint of monetary value, but probably the Yankees.”

On if he would choose any of the competing candidates for the Republican nomination to be his Vice Presidential running mate:

“It’s very early and first I want to win. A lot of people, they talk and they talk too much and they talk about who they are going to choose and in the meantime, they don’t win, so I want to focus on winning. It’s too soon, but there could be a potential couple of people up on that stage that I like, because I do like a few of them a lot. I just want to win it first and then I’ll worry about it, I don’t like people that talk too early.”

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami, according to sources.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website. An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Vanessa and Gallant

Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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