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PGA and Sirius/XM Extend Broadcast Agreement

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SiriusXM and The PGA of America agreed to a five-year extension, allowing the satellite platform to continue live PGA of America broadcasts for events including major championships and the biennial Ryder Cup.

“We are very pleased to be extending our long-standing relationship with the PGA of America.  It ensures that we will continue to offer our subscribers the best and most comprehensive golf coverage available,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “We will continue to deliver broadcasts of the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup nationwide.”

Through their agreement, a new weekly talk show, PGA of America Radio, will debut on August 8th and air every Wednesday at 4pm ET.  The show will focus on instruction and analysis from expert PGA members, major PGA of America golf events and offer unique insider’s perspective from special guests throughout the industry.

“The addition of PGA of America Radio to the SiriusXM lineup, which we have built to be an excellent platform for golf instruction, gives our listeners, no matter where they are, access to the skillful teaching of dedicated PGA Professionals,” added Greenstein.

“The reach of SiriusXM is a difference-maker, and the PGA of America is delighted to extend our partnership,” said PGA of America Chief Commercial Officer Jeff Price. “The passion and excitement of the PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup will be presented to an engaged audience through state-of-the-art platforms and devices. Additionally, the exciting new PGA of America Radio show will serve as a weekly destination for golf fans to uniquely connect with PGA Members and grow the game.”

SiriusXM broadcasts most PGA Tour events during the season, including the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.  Those events, along with the new show, PGA of America Radio, can be heard on SiriusXM radio, Sirius channel 208 and XM channel 92, as well as streamed online and via their app on mobile and at home connected devices.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak

“I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

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Longtime Sportsradio 96.7/1310 The Ticket producer Danny Balis is joining 97.1 The Freak in Dallas.

Balis was introduced Monday as the newest member of The Downbeat cast, which already features Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois, and Michael Gruber.

“He was the one I want, and I get what I want here,” Rhyner said during Monday’s announcement.

“I’m excited,” said Balis. “I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

Balis left The Ticket in May, citing an interest in focusing on other areas of his life outside of radio. He served as a producer at the station for 22 years before stepping aside. At the time, he said “The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” the 54-year-old joked.

In addition to his work with The Freak, Balis continues to co-own the Twilite Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

97.1 The Freak launched in October, and features a “broad-based, personality driven format” that features several former Dallas sports radio personalities including Rhyner, and Ben and Skin among others.

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Shan & RJ: We Have Questions About Jerry Jones But Washington Post Report Isn’t One of Them

“We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found himself in the headlines last week ahead of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game, but it was largely seen as something that didn’t need to be dragged out into the spotlight, and 105.3 The Fan hosts Shan and RJ agreed.

The Washington Post last week published a photo from 1957 showing a 14-year-old Jones among a crowd of onlookers as white students tried to block the path of some Black students attempting to enter his North Little Rock, Arkansas high school.

The piece focused on Jones, who is the Cowboys general manager, never hiring a Black head coach in the entire time he’s owned the franchise.

On Monday, Shan Shariff said it seemed a bit much to use that photo and article to paint Jones as some sort of racist.

“There’s certainly a bunch of stories out there that we know on and off the record about Jerry Jones that makes me question his morals,” he said. “We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

Cowboys insider Bobby Belt, who was filling in for co-host RJ Choppy on Shan & RJ, said Jones has likely evolved like a lot of people do over time. He didn’t think it was fair to necessarily say Jones was racist.

“I’m not gonna speak for anyone else but I don’t believe he’s racist,” Belt said. “I think there are enough people who have dealt with him who are African American who would tell you they don’t think he’s racist. But it’s still not a thing that you can just write off to ‘Oh I was just standing there.'”

Jones admitted to the Post that his football coach at the time told him and other players not to get involved or be among the crowd for that moment, but he went anyway.

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DiPietro & Rothenberg: NFL TV Partners Should Schedule Jets and Giants at Opposite Times

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For the first time in a long time, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets are factors in the NFL playoff picture. After years of both franchises occupying the bottom portions of the league standings, fans in New York and the surrounding area have a reason to believe. On DiPietro & Rothenberg on ESPN New York, Dave Rothenberg said he thinks the league should put both teams in more marquee windows.

“When you start to think about flexing games, you start to think about you know what, the Giants and Jets should be flexed into better time slots,” he said.

Co-host Rick DiPietro said it sucks now that both teams are playing well, fans are essentially forced to flip back and forth between games.

“It’s awful. It really is,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that it ruins the Sunday because that would be hard. But it’s not my favorite.”

Still, it’s not lost on Rothenberg that football fans in the city now have something to cheer for NFL wise as the last chunk of the regular season approaches.

“When was the last time the Jets and Giants in December had meaningful football games?” Rothenberg asked. “Years and years and years.”

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