This may not come as a surprise, but Jason Whitlock’s recent criticism of Katie Nolan is not the first time he called out a female sports media member.
Whitlock’s recent feud with Nolan garnered the attention of longtime sportscaster Alex Flanagan, who has been an NFL Network host and reporter since 2006.
The backstory behind Whitlock’s gratuitous jab at Nolan begins with ESPN’s Maria Taylor accidentally leaving Anthony Davis off her All-NBA ballot, Doug Gottlieb questioning why she’s able to vote on the award, and Taylor defending her credentials. Whitlock then wrote a column for Outkick claiming Taylor would not be successful as a sportscaster if not for her attractiveness, which included a similar declaration for Nolan as a professional beneficiary because of her looks.
After seeing Whitlock’s opinion of Nolan, Flanagan wrote a blog post detailing incidents where she was previously targeted by his misogyny.
In the post, Flanagan provided background and insight into the difficulties of producing immediate postgame coverage, attempting to get on-field interviews as players and coaches are running off the field. And after she worked Marshawn Lynch’s famous “Beast Quake” game on Jan. 8, 2011, Flanagan recalled Whitlock’s attempts of discrediting her ability to report from the sideline based on appearance.
“Alex Flanagan has no clue what she just watched. NBC knows that. They pay a producer to explain to her. Producer should be fired. Period,” Whitlock tweeted after Flanagan finished working the Seahawks-Saints 2011 playoff matchup.
“Fire Alex Flanagan’s sideline producer. Sideline Barbie didn’t ask Hasselbeck or Carroll about the whole team going downfield to block on “Hit & Run,” Whitlock added on social media.
Flanagan said not only has she never been fed a question by a producer, but for much of her career, she did not even have a sideline producer.
Flanagan offered the following response to Whitlock on that same day in 2011, “no problem if u don’t care 4 my ? But know I’m not ever fed them. Is it bc I’m a girl, u assume they come from my male counterpart?
P.s is the barbie comment a compliment? Because as my age, you take it as one.”
Whitlock responded – “U r attractive for any age and I like that u r a “real” and not offended by the Sideline Barbie comment.”
A year later, Whitlock offered a similar assessment of Flanagan’s sideline reporting and postgame questions.
“Talk to me about why someone at NBC/NFL Network won’t help Alex Flanagan with postgame questions. I blame her producers. She needs help. Job is to look good,” Whitlock tweeted after Flanagan finished working a Wild Card game between the Bengals and Texans.
This time, instead of only attempting a witty rebuttal on Twitter, Flanagan decided that after more than a year of criticism from Whitlock, she would invite him to join her on the sideline to see her responsibilities and suggest questions. Flanagan wrote in her blog post that she also invited Whitlock for a cup of coffee, but did not receive a response and similarly, he’s never introduced himself at one of the numerous events they collectively attended.
“The only thing he proved in this latest anti-female tirade is that if he had the courage to know me or any of the women he so willingly devalues, it would kill his dangerous spoon-fed barbie narrative, and then what would he do for attention?” Flanagan wrote.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts
“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”
FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.
“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”
ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.
“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”
Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC
“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”
Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.
“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”
Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.
Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game
“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”
FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.
USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.
The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.
“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio.