Outkick and Clay Travis have blasted the NBA’s TV ratings since the league restarted from their COVID-19 induced hiatus and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has regularly fought back, defending the sport’s popularity.
On Saturday, Travis and Cuban again engaged in a Twitter discussion over the NBA’s ratings, with the Mavs owner claiming the league is doing fine in reaching their target audience, despite the 40% decline in linear viewership.
Ratings are down for the NBA, that’s inarguable, but the league is also operating under unique circumstances of a bubble, no fans, and a near four-month delay. Travis likes to highlight the ratings success of FOX News talk shows hosted by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, depicting people’s appetite for political opinions. But Travis also likes to blame the NBA’s engagement in political and social issues as the reason for their recent ratings downswing.
Political shows are in its peak season, four years in the making, whereas the NBA is usually tipping off their less appealing preseason right now. FOX News benefits from having little competition in the realm of conservative coverage and a particularly luring election elevates political intrigue.
Does Travis really believe NBA ratings would be better if they removed ‘Black Lives Matter’ from their court? Does the American NBA fan honestly care if LeBron James supports human rights in China? From my own experience as an NBA fan, I watched the playoffs a lot more intently in May and June than I have in August and September. Political and social reasons have not factored into my viewing habits, but timing has.
Where Travis absolutely deserves credit is his willingness to discuss anything with anyone of any viewpoint. Cuban likely won’t take Travis up on his offer to discuss the NBA on his radio show, but I have no doubt the offer is genuine.
Chicago Sports Radio Pioneer Jerry Kuc Dies
“Kuc’s sports radio career began in 1983 when WMAQ hired him as a morning sports anchor. By the next year, he had his own show on the station, talking sports on Sunday nights.”
Jerry Kuc was hosting sports talk radio in Chicago long before names like Score or ESPN 1000 were in the game. He was recognized as a mentor by Dan McNeil. The city’s sports media scene would not have been the same without him.
His son Chris told The Chicago Tribune that Jerry Kuc died yesterday at the age of 82.
In addition to life on the radio, Kuc also made his mark in newspapers and on television. He began working for the Associated Press in the mid-1960s. His first TV job was with WBBM. He would go on to work for 3 other stations in the market.
Kuc’s sports radio career began in 1983 when WMAQ hired him as a morning sports anchor. By the next year, he had his own show on the station, talking sports on Sunday nights. He also anchored NBC Radio’s national sports reports.
The next stop for Jerry Kuc was WSEX. The music station carried his show The Sports Digest beginning in 1988 and kept it even as the station changed formats in 1989. He would go on to host part time and serve as a reporter for the station that eventually became ESPN 1000.
“I was 26 and had no game as a host, and I was getting air time Jerry rightfully thought should have been his. And in this business steeped in ego and petty jealousies, all he did was encourage me and mentor me,” Dan McNeil said of Jerry Kuc. “He assisted in my development booking guests and he introduced me to everybody.”
Andrew ‘McLovin’ Perloff Rehearses For Adam Sandler Movie On Dan Patrick Show
“Patrick has acted in multiple Sandler movies after sparking a friendship with the actor years ago.”
Adam Sandler’s friendship with Dan Patrick has had its perks for the “Danettes” including a role for one of them in Sandler’s upcoming basketball movie as a reporter.
Andrew “McLovin” Perloff is appearing in the Netflix movie Hustle. Sandler is the lead, playing a washed-up basketball agent trying to recruit an overseas player to his roster as a way to revitalize his reputation in the sport.
Patrick and the rest of the crew don’t love McLovin’s prospects as an actor based on their back and forth with him on Monday’s show. The host asked Perloff if he’d like to rehearse for him and the “Danettes.”
Perloff didn’t want to ruffle any feathers by saying the line, so he swapped out the name for Paul Crewe, the lead role Sandler played in The Longest Yard.
“So I changed the line up,” Perloff began. “I’m going to honor Paul Crewe from The Longest Yard… The line is ‘Coach Crewe, how do you feel about getting into the championship?'”
Dan and the “Danettes” weren’t very impressed with the delivery and had him run through it a few more times.
“Todd,” Patrick began asking Todd Fritz. “What do ya think.”
“It sounds a little like he’s reading off a cue card,” Fritz responded.
“Yeah,” Patrick “Seton” O’Connor said. “I think if he does it a couple more times, loosen up a little bit. You know, go back to your days as a pool reporter in the locker room, GOTTA GET A QUESTION IN!”
Patrick has acted in multiple Sandler movies after sparking a friendship with the actor years ago. He gave Perloff advice for when he says the line on set.
“I think it’s going to get worse and not get better because you go to the set, and you have Sandler there and a bunch of reporters,” Patrick said. “You can’t hear each word you say; because you don’t speak that way.”
Watch the full clip above.
Pat McAfee To Join Week 2 Manningcast
“Manning brought up needing McAfee’s special teams expertise on the program.”
Eli and Peyton Manning got their simulcast of Monday Night Football rolling on ESPN2 last week with guests like Charles Barkley and Russell Wilson.
Next up: Pat McAfee.
The radio host got the invite from Eli when the former Giants quarterback appeared on The Pat McAfee Show.
“I think we should make an announcement Eli,” McAfee told his A-List guest. “I think we should do it.”
“Alright,” Manning responded. “I wanna know if you’ll come on the show tonight?”
McAfee and his whole crew let out roars throughout the studio before giving a resounding yes. The former Colts punter played eight seasons in the NFL before retiring to enter a media career in 2016.
“I’m just sitting here with bated breath thinking, ‘hey, maybe I’ll get invited to this thing,’ I’m so excited; can’t thank you guys enough. So excited to get in there,” McAfee responded.
The Mannings had the outsiders take ready to roll with Barkley last week along with some offensive acumen in Wilson and Kelce. Now, Pat McAfee gets to represent the third phase of the game and offer a special teams perspective.
“Me and [Shane] Lechler were texting each other about your guy’s lack of respect,” McAfee told Manning. “[Raiders punter] A.J. Cole hit like a 60-yard ball, and Peyton’s like, ‘alright, we gotta break.’ PEYTON, will you please have a little respect for the guy that just murdered a 60-yard ball?”
Manning brought up needing McAfee’s special teams expertise on the program. Citing the fact that the only time the forgotten phase comes up is if there is a penalty on the play.
“The only thing that comes up in special teams is if there is a penalty,” Manning said. “That’s the only time you’ll mention special teams… On a kickoff, if there is a holding, on a punt if there is a holding and the offense gets backed up inside their own ten.”
The Manning MegaCast airs during week two of Monday Night Football on ESPN2.
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