Armchair All-Americans is launching a new, daily college football podcast. Chewing Clock features former SB Nation Radio and Buzz Sports Radio (Raleigh, NC) host Demetri Ravanos and Sportstalk 1400 (Norman, OK) host Tyler McComas.
“Podcasts are beginning to take over radio for the go-to in sports talk on a commute, but often are too long to get through on a single trip to and from work. Demetri and Tyler will have college football fans covered everyday with a quick and easy to listen to podcast,” says Rob Paul, Armchair’s Media Director.
Ravanos and McComas have strong college football backgrounds. Ravanos has covered the SEC and the ACC for outlets across the Carolinas. McComas has covered the Oklahoma Sooners for Sportstalk 1400 in Norman, 247sports.com, and Boyd Street Magazine. The two met as columnists covering the sports media industry for Barrett Sports Media
“I am a total nerd for college football,” says McComas. “Naturally, when you’re really passionate about something, you want to talk about it as much as possible. For me, the decision to join Chewing Clock was simple.”
“This isn’t a ‘Sports radio is dead! Long live podcasts!’ kind of thing,” Ravanos added. “We’re not trying to replace anyone’s favorite sports radio show, but if you really love college football, you know it can be hard to find discussion of the sport everyday on the air. That’s why we created Chewing Clock. It gives fans something new everyday and it is so short that it won’t create a log jam in your podcast playlist.”
Armchair’s Editor-In-Chief, Alex Reynolds praised the new additions to his team saying, “We are confident that bringing in two hardened broadcast professionals in Tyler and Demetri will lead to improved quality and recognition across the board. We are extremely excited for the qualities they are bringing to the Armchair Media Network.”
ArmchairAllAmericans.com was born in the spring of 2015 at a few select schools throughout the SEC. The company has since expanded to over 200 locations across the country covering all major pro and college sports. The site currently hosts more than 15 team-specific podcasts.
The debut episode of Chewing Clock was released this morning, but college football fans can stay aware of updates by subscribing now on iTunes and Stitcher. The show can also be downloaded each day directly from ArmchairAllAmericans.com.
Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022
“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”
Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.
The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.
It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.
The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.
Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State
“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”
Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.
He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”
He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”
It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.
The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.
Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.
The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.
Others used the feud to create comedy.
Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.
The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.
Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM
“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”
A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.
“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”
The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.
The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports.
“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team. They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.”