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Vitale Gets Into Heated Argument On ESPN 104.5

“The iconic ESPN college basketball analyst became especially tense when the word hypocrisy was mentioned.”

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As LSU heads to the Sweet 16, Dick Vitale joined Jordy Culotta and T-Bob Hebert’s Off The Bench on ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge to discuss the Tigers men’s basketball head coach, Will Wade.  Earlier this month, Wade was indefinitely suspended by the school after being named in an FBI investigation regarding payments to recruits.

Wade and LSU was not the only program named in the investigation, but Tiger fans feel Vitale has been particularly hard on their coach, while showing leniency toward others.  With that being the background for the interview, the fireworks that ensued between Culotta, Hebert and Vitale were no surprise.

After being welcomed to the show, Vitale quickly jumped into explaining his stance, controlling the first four minutes of the interview before the hosts asked any questions.  From the start, Vitale seemed agitated that he needed to defend his opinion, specifically with fans on social media who wished him ill will in profanity laced tweets.

Half way through the interview, the hosts clarified that they’re not defending Will Wade, but they do wonder why Vitale is zoning in on the LSU coach and not others involved in the scandal. 

The iconic ESPN college basketball analyst became especially tense when the word hypocrisy was mentioned.  “I come on your damn show, and I’m gonna be on it for you, but don’t sit there and tell me its hypocrisy when I’m telling you play the tape!  Let your people hear the tape of that coach!” said Vitale.

Throughout the interview, Vitale would yell at the hosts to “play the tape,” which isn’t possible considering the tape hasn’t been made public while the federal investigation ensues.  At least three times, Culotta and Hebert asked Vitale if he heard the tape, but he never gave a clear and definitive answer.

Vitale wasn’t amused when he was asked, “how much did Duke pay for Zion, in your opinion?”  The hosts were confused as to why Vitale was defending certain coaches, even supporting the idea of paying players, but dug his heels in when claiming Wade committed “one of the biggest sins and crimes in all of sports.”

More than once, the interview sounded as if it was about to end on bad terms, but credit Vitale for sticking with the show for 20 minutes.  Although the trio never reached an agreement, the interview ended cordially.  

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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Audacy Using Local Stations For NFL Training Camp Coverage

The company is rolling out exclusive NFL training camp coverage across its networks.

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SiriusXM isn’t the only audio platform dedicating exclusive coverage to 2021 NFL training camps. Audacy announced special coverage on their digital platform surrounding different camps called Training Camp Live.

Audacy’s in-depth look at professional football training camp and preseason storylines is available live and on-demand through their digital platforms from July 30 through Sept. 3. The following stations are producing new content for the platform each weekday:

  • Boston – WEEI
  • Chicago – 670 The Score
  • Dallas – 105.3 The Fan
  • Kansas City – 610 Sports Radio
  • New York – WFAN 101.9FM / 660AM
  • Philadelphia – Sports Radio 94WIP
  • Pittsburgh – 93.7 The Fan
  • San Francisco – 95.7 The Game
  • Washington – 106.7 The Fan and 980 The Team

Audacy is using their local football experts to provide analysis twice a week on all things camp storylines, ranging from position battles to key injuries popping up throughout the month. Fans won’t have to worry about the coverage getting stale, utilizing a rotating cast of analysts for each show.

“Training camp is the perfect time to capture pro football fans who are excited about the start of the season,” said Vice President of Sports at Audacy Matt Volk. “By identifying insiders throughout our markets, this exclusive digital content will give fans a front-row seat to all of the training camp and preseason storylines surrounding their favorite team.”

Audacy has established itself as the top sports radio ownership group with 39 all-sports stations across the United States. As a whole, Audacy reaches three times more people than the leading sports radio competitor. 

Fans can access all of this camp coverage on the Audacy digital platform in both audio and video form. Audacy is repackaging the shows as podcasts. Fans can find those on their platform of choice.

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SiriusXM Rolls Out NFL Training Camp Coverage Plans

Hosts will be live on-site at all 32 training camps over the next month.

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The sweltering heat, red-hot portable bleachers, and ice-cold water coolers are ready. NFL Training Camp is back in a somewhat normal fashion this season. Fans around the country can finally attend camps again as the 32 NFL teams prepare for kickoff in early September.

SiriusXM is ready to cover every position battle and cut day storyline as they roll out complete coverage of camps from across the league. The SiriusXM Training Camp tour has begun, and the team is hitting a bevy of locations in 2021.

The annual SiriusXM tour is back with individual two-hour shows focused on each of the 32 NFL franchises. Hosts from the network are broadcasting live from each camp, bringing listeners in-depth storylines, along with player, coach, and franchise executive interviews. They are also delivering expert breakdowns of every roster and reports on rookies and veterans. 

Things get rolling on Wednesday, July, 28, and won’t stop until every fan base is covered. SiriusXM hosts Jim Miller, and Pat Kirwan broadcast live from Florham Park, New Jersey, from 4-6 p.m. ET with complete coverage of the New York Jets training camp. 

It’s a quick trip for the duo, who will immediately hop on a flight to Georgia for coverage of Atlanta Falcons training camp at the same time on Thursday from Flowery Branch. To celebrate the NFL’s first-ever Training Camp: Back Together Saturday on July 31, SiriusXM is airing a special edition of Training Camp Today: Back Together Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. Bill Lekas hosts the program featuring appearances from NFL Network talent and guests from team camps across the country. 

Teams like the Cincinnati Bengals are treating this upcoming weekend as a way to bring fans back into the fold after having limited or zero capacity in 2020. Sirius XM is just as excited to welcome back fans, and the annual training camp tour is a big part of that.

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WynnBET, Cumulus Announce Partnership

“WynnBET will hold multiple studio sponsorships for Cumulus’s local clusters. Hosts in those markets will also be providing live endorsements.”

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WynnBET is now one of Cumulus’s largest marketing and advertising partners. The two companies announced a deal today that will give the mobile betting app a major presence on Westwood One sports programming and on the Jim Rome Show.

Local stations will see the benefits as well. WynnBET will hold multiple studio sponsorships for Cumulus’s local clusters. Hosts in those markets will also be providing live endorsements. Messaging supporting the app will also be a part of digital products, including podcasts, station streams, and social media.

Cumulus Media’s unique advanced targeting technology allows WynnBET to customize multiple brand messages and deliver tailored content to different markets and demographics across hundreds of radio stations.  

“With Wynn’s focus on exceptional quality and high-touch customer experiences, we believe WynnBET will be a leader among the sports betting apps, and we are excited to deploy our unique assets to grow its business,” Cumulus Media CEO Mary G. Berner said in a press release. “The sports betting market is now the fastest growing advertising category, and this innovative partnership solidifies Cumulus’s position in this exciting arena.”

The deal will also see Cumulus create original, WynnBET branded content.

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