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Jason Benetti Talks About Bias He Faces Due To Cerebral Palsy

“Benetti, who has Cerebral Palsy, tells host Damon Amendolara that while he cannot fully understand the plight of people of color since he is white, he does relate to being treated differently because of his disability.”

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Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer and ESPN contributor Jason Benetti appeared on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show to bring a unique perspective on current events in America.

Benetti, who has Cerebral Palsy, tells host Damon Amendolara that while he cannot fully understand the plight of people of color since he is white, he does relate to being treated differently because of his disability.

“I have never had my life threatened because of the color of my skin,” Benetti said. “So my challenges and struggles are like a paper cut by comparison. To those who think it (bias) does not exist or is overblown, every day when I meet somebody new, because of how I walk, I get judged. It’s on me to overcome it in some regards, but these small instances pile up and become very frustrating to think that maybe there is an invisible  wall or ceiling.”

Benetti then relates one of those instances where he and colleague Dan Dakich were covering a college basketball game in College Park, Maryland.

“Dan walks through (security), but the usher stops me grabs the credential out of my hand and begins to tie it to my belt loop without saying a word,” Benetti said. “I took it from him and was like, ‘I’m not 12’. In that moment, I got that reminder that people see me as lesser. That’s on me to deal with because some people are trying to be helpful.

“My ‘plight’ is nothing more than an annoyance because I have never had my life threatened by a police officer. But if you are sitting out there wondering why are protesters so mad? The answer is that when every day you have something that reminds you that you are lesser than someone else, at some point you just have to let it out and you want people to realize what’s actually happening.”

Benetti also gives more extreme examples of executives telling him to stick to radio or that his shoes do not look professional because they are scuffed due to the way he walks.

“I try to put a happy face on it, because that is how I have chosen to attack it, but that does not mean everyone should. In most cases for me, it’s just because people don’t turn on their brains. The bias is unintentional. Then you see the bias going on that is actually above the surface and somebody dies because of it. Mine is small potatoes, but let’s stop it there at the very least.

“I’m heartbroken over what’s going on,” Benetti adds. “The worst thing that could possibly ever happen to me is to get pulled over and asked to walk a straight line because they think I have been drinking. There is no straight line in me, but I have known friends of color to have been thrown in the back of police cars for doing nothing wrong. The hardest part about being different is knowing in your heart you are being treated differently because of your skin color or for me, my disability. Then people say, ‘no we weren’t doing that’ when I know you are not telling the truth. The implicit bias that is unintentional needs to go away. The explicit bias that is killing people is flat out unacceptable.”

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Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats

“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.

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Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.

The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.

Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.

The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.

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Pat McAfee: Sean McVay Isn’t Ready For A Broadcasting Career

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

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Sean McVay was among those rumored to be potentially on the move to the broadcast booth this offseason, but ultimately the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams decided to stay put. He was reportedly offered a mega-contract from Amazon to join the Thursday Night Football crew.

It appears McVay has a future in TV, but he’s made it clear he wants to remain a coach for the time being.

Pat McAfee on Monday told co-host A.J. Hawk that thinking about a future that doesn’t involve coaching in the NFL isn’t how McVay is wired.

“That’s how football people are. That’s literally how coaches are,” McAfee said. “It is just, we are either preparing for football season or we’re in football season. And when we’re not in football season, they’re wishing they were in football season so they’re acting like they’re in football season by watching more film, being more dialed in.”

McAfee also said the recent shuffling of broadcast crews, and the paydays associated with those moves, is what really turned up the heat on McVay speculation.

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

Pat also made it very clear that whenever McVay decides to make it to the booth, he’s likely going to be a star.

“I do believe a lot of us think to ourselves, I can’t wait for that guy to get in f–king TV though,” he said. “He’s going to be amazing on the microphone I think, A.J.”

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T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester: Drew Brees Chatter Began With His Tweet About Saints

“They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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There have been rumors about what’s next for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, but nothing has been set in stone. He took to Twitter over the weekend to dispute a report that he is out at NBC and make it clear he’s still weighing his options.

Brees feeling like he still has a fire to play in the NFL got the attention of T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester on 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge. Hebert on Monday said Brees expressing interest in coming back throws a wrench in all the planning the Saints have done to hand over the reins to Jameis Winston.

“It almost feels unreal where it’s this deal where it’s like, OK you had finally moved on, you made peace with it, it was all good, it is what it is, you’re ready to roll with your new guy,” he said. “And right when you think you’ve finally moved on, that text comes in and cracks open that door. But you’re happy, right? But can you say no to him?”

Hester noted that it was a Tweet from Brees expressing the desire to return to New Orleans that began the conversations and speculation about his future in broadcasting. However, he thinks it may be too late for Drew Brees to walk back into the Superdome and be greeted with open arms.

“If this was last year, and he had just retired and maybe had the itch to come back, maybe he could have that feeling. But he also has to understand that the team has had to move on,” he said. “They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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