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Oehler Won’t Relent On Gambadoro Criticism

“Oehler referred to Gambadoro as “top dog” in Phoenix sports radio when speaking with The Athletic, but that doesn’t change his desire to challenge the competition.”

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In recent months Jody Oehler, afternoon host on Fox Sports 910 has criticized Phoenix radio rival, John Gambadoro in an attempt to highlight his reporting mistakes.

Oehler, knows he’s fighting an uphill battle against Gambo’s Arizona Sports 98.7.  Arizona Sports holds the radio rights to all four pro teams in Phoenix and more than quadrupled the ratings of Fox Sports in the latest Nielsen book.  Gambodoro, who co-hosts the afternoon show on 98.7 with Dave Burns from 2 – 6pm, has been a staple in Phoenix radio for decades and he’s well connected in the local sports scene.

“I don’t actually think it’s unusual,” Oehler told Scott Bordow of The Athletic about his criticism of Gambo. “In most markets that happens. It’s only unusual in Phoenix. I think really what has happened is that there is a certain level of frustration about a lot of the unchecked information that comes out.”

Oehler has tweeted things such as, “He’s not interested in being honest with his audience, he’s interested in protecting his relationships” and “Doesn’t mention Robert Sarver once. I guess when you have vacationed with the owner, its hard to hold him accountable.”

Gambo is different than many radio hosts, in that he offers more than just opinions.  Usually a host tells the audience what a team should do, but when you listen to Burns and Gambo it’s often about what the team is going to do.  Because of his local sports connections, Gambadoro serves as a reporter to his own show on 98.7, often being the first to break news.

“I think he’s gotten a little reckless and someone has to hold his feet to the fire a little bit, I’m wrong all the time,” Oehler said to The Athletic. “I give 30 opinions a day and I’ve never been 100 percent. If you go around creating this impression that you’re all knowing and never wrong, when you’re wrong somebody is going to point it out.”

Oehler referred to Gambadoro as “top dog” in Phoenix sports radio when speaking with The Athletic, but that doesn’t change his desire to challenge the competition. 

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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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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