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Roethlisberger Calls Out Rapoport on 93.7 The Fan

“‘You shouldn’t even say his name on this show because nothing that comes from what he says is there any truth to, said Roethlisberger.”

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The Ben Roethlisberger Show, which airs as a weekly 20-minute segment during Cook and Joe in the midday on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, is very different from most quarterback radio spots and Ben proved that again on Tuesday.

After NFL Insider Ian Rapoport stated Roethlisberger suffered cracked ribs two weeks ago during the Raider game and played through the injury against New England, Big Ben boldly denied the report on his radio show.

“You shouldn’t even say his name on this show because nothing that comes from what he says is there any truth to,” said Roethlisberger.  “I don’t know where that guy gets his information from, so we’re not even gonna give him credence on this show, if that’s OK with you.”

A new trend in the NFL sees Insiders break news Sunday morning, shortly before the 1pm kickoff.  Adam Schefter, Jason La Canfora and others offer inside information that will generate a buzz, but Roethlisberger vehemently went after Rapoport’s most recent news drop.

Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Marcus Mariotta and Matthew Stafford are a few NFL quarterbacks with weekly radio segments.  The names draw attention, but usually quarterbacks will avoid saying anything before putting themselves at risk of making headlines.  Roethlisberger, though, is always willing to speak open and honestly.

While on 93.7 The Fan, Big Ben contemplated retirement after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, said Martavis Bryant had to toughen up, criticized Antonio Brown for being on Facebook Live in the locker-room and revealed he was suffering from an injury days before a playoff game.

Many of the headlines Roethlisberger has made would have led teams to cancel the segment, but Big Ben has been on 93.7 The Fan for six seasons and continues to keep his show interesting. 

UPDATE (Dec. 19, 2018 at 3:08 pm): Ian Rapoport was a guest with Dunlap & Mack on 93.7 the Fan this morning and was asked about Roethlisberger’s comments. Rapoport had nothing but nice things to say about the QB, but also didn’t back off his report. 

Rapoport said that he was “very confident” in both his information and his sources and is standing by his report. When he was asked why he and Ben Roethlisberger have an “icy” relationship, Rapoport said that “personally, there is no relationship” and then added that he respects that the QB being willing to say exactly what he thinks instead of pretend he has no problem with someone that he strongly disagrees with.

When he was asked if he thought Roethlisberger’s problems go back to when Rapoport reported he might have been traded four years ago the reporter said that was possible. 

“Probably. I haven’t talked to him about it, but this happens not just with Ben, but with other people, players, coaches, GMs, whoever, even agents. You know, sometimes you report on things some people don’t like. Some say ‘Hey, I understand you were told this by multiple sources and you had to report it.’ Others will hold it against you forever.”

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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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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