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Mike Golic Jr. Is Becoming What ESPN Hoped He Would

“Mike Golic Sr. admits that he and his son don’t totally see eye-to-eye on the issue, but he is proud that Junior doesn’t have any reservations about expressing his opinion.”

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Mike Golic Jr. talks a lot about how he approaches covering college athletics in a new profile written by The Athletic’s Christopher Kamrani. Golic, his former teammates, co-workers, and even his father, Mike Sr, are quoted in the piece.

Kamrani writes that Mike Golic Jr has become “exactly what they’ve been hoping would arrive on the scene” for ESPN. He is a former college athlete that is comfortable talking about the inherent unfairness of an organization that makes billions off of athletes it pays nothing.

“People say players are given free this or free that,” Golic says of the idea that a scholarship is payment enough for student athletes. “None of it is free. You’re working a very full-time job in all of this. You can look at it and say, maybe it’s true, maybe in the beginning this wasn’t a multi-billion dollar industry overall. But if everything around the players has changed, why hasn’t anything changed for the players?”

Dane Crist, a former teammate and roommate, praises Golic for his willingness to “call out the B.S. in a game that we all love and appreciate.” Kamrani writes that it is more than just a welcomed change of pace, Golic advocating the need for a college sports players association across multiple platforms owned by the NCAA’s biggest media partner is actually giving ESPN a role in shaping the future of college sports. 

“As basic as it sounds, it’s just the acknowledgement from that current establishment, right? That this is a group we’ll actually deal with in good faith, the way we see within other unions and leagues,” Golic says of the idea of the student athletes unionizing. “There’s obviously a snowball effect in the eyes of the establishment that sees any ground made by the players in all of this as slowly but surely but cracking away at the foundation of this amateurism model that this pedestal that all of college athletics is on.”

Mike Golic Sr. admits that he and his son don’t totally see eye-to-eye on the issue, but he is proud that Junior doesn’t have any reservations about expressing his opinion. That is the only way he would ever grow out of the image of simply being “Mike Golic’s son.” It’s an image that Senior says at this point is simply unfair.

“Does anybody in their right mind — Mike’s been there five years now — think that if he wasn’t good on the air that they would keep him around? That my name still carries that much weight?” Golic Sr. asked. “Hell, they took away my radio show. It’s not like my shit carries any weight anymore”

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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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