Mark Titus and Tate Frazier have joined FOX Sports and the Westwood One Podcast Network. The popular college basketball personalities have already released two episodes of Titus & Tate.
“Titus and Tate fans are thrilled to have this hilarious and unstoppable team back behind the mic – and not a moment too soon as college hoops head towards the brackets and buzzer-beaters of NCAA March Madness 2020,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “We’re ready to turn up the heat and give national marketing and promotion of this show a full-court press.”
A college basketball player from 2006-2010, Mark Titus was a walk-on at Ohio State where he launched the blog Club Trillion. Titus later joined Grantland as a writer and his One Shining Podcast launched on The Ringer in 2017, with co-host and producer Tate Frazier. The duo parted ways with The Ringer late last year.
“As a former bench-rider myself, I’ve been a fan of Titus going back to his Club Trillion days, and he’s since found Tate, who shares a passion for the game and sense of humor that sets them apart,” said Michael Bucklin, VP of Digital Content, FOX Sports. “Empowering leading personalities to serve fans is core to our vision here at FOX Sports, and these two fit right into that strategy.”
The audio version of the Titus & Tate will be distributed by Westwood One and available on all podcast platforms, with FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app offering the pod in visual form.
“Lesser men would have been turned off by FOX Sports executives playing ‘Roundball Rock’ on a loop for an hour during our initial meeting, but that’s when I knew FOX Sports was where I belonged,” said Titus. “Westwood One has been a titan in audio distribution for as long as I can remember, and being associated with such an iconic brand is nothing short of an honor. I’m excited to make podcast magic together.”
“Westwood One is one of the elite podcast platforms out and as a podcast producer myself, I have admired their network construction from afar. I am thrilled to work with them on growing Titus & Tate and taking our show to the next level together,” added Frazier. “In addition, FOX Sports was the first company to hire me back in 2014, and I am beyond excited about the opportunity to return and re-join the family. We’re both pumped about the potential of the show and the places we’ll take it during this new era.”
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.”
Dave Portnoy Offers Pat Beverley ‘Blank Check’ To Join Barstool
“Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Minnesota Timberwolves player Pat Beverley turned heads with his comments about Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after the Suns were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.
Beverley told Mike Greenberg and Stephen A. Smith on Monday that he thinks Paul is a “traffic cone,” due to his poor defense and that on nights he knows he’s playing Paul he’ll have a nice steak dinner and wine the night before. He said he’s in bed by 8 p.m. and doesn’t want to hear from his mom or girlfriend if he’s playing Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Pat’s comments got the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said Monday he liked Beverley so much that he would hire him to do a podcast for Barstool.
“If Pat Beverley is a Barstool fan and he’s watching this, he has a blank check. You name your price for a podcast, and we will hire you — no questions asked,” Portnoy said. “Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Portnoy made the push to sign Beverley to a podcast deal as the company seeks to scale back the number of podcasts it produces. Barstool CEO Erika Nardini announced the decision to cut shows last week.
No word if Beverley has responded to Portnoy’s offer.