Justin Turner getting pulled from the Dodgers lineup in the eighth inning of World Series Game 6 was strange. Finding out Turner received confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test mid-game was categorized as “that’s so 2020” and seeing the third baseman return to the field without a mask was poor judgement.
Turner was vilified by baseball fans and the media for disobeying coronavirus protocols, but Chris Russo took a different approach during his Wednesday afternoon show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio.
“I know everybody wants to pile on,” Russo said near the top of his show. “All the sanctimonious media guys all over America, writing from their living rooms in their homes, most of them not even in Arlington. They want to pile on. Go ahead, pile on, I’m not going to do it.”
“The Dodgers don’t care. Dave Roberts does not care,” said a fired up Mad Dog. “So if Dave Roberts doesn’t care, why should I do the bidding? Why should I scream at the top of my lungs? Roberts is a cancer survivor! He doesn’t care!”
Russo acknowledged it was poor judgement by Turner to not wear a mask, but he also wants everyone to remember that winning a championship is life’s work for an athlete. According to Russo, if the Dodgers were aware of Turner’s positive test and still wanted him out on the field, then that’s their choice.
“It wasn’t like Justin Turner went on the Long Island Railroad, on a packed car, [knowingly sick], shaking hands with everybody and spreading it to 3,000 Long Islanders commuting into the city,” Russo continued.
Turner did not come out of isolated quarantine to celebrate with the Dodgers, he was already with them in the clubhouse, dugout and field all day. If he did spread COVID-19 to any team personnel, the damage was likely already done prior to their few minutes of celebrating on the field.
Russo also noted that had the Rays won Tuesday night, finding a time to reschedule Game 7 of the World Series would have been interesting. The entire scope of the series could have been altered depending on how long Major League Baseball would have been willing to push the game back for further testing, giving pitchers an unprecedented amount of rest.
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.
ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1.
“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”
The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”
Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.
BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week
“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”
BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII.
Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.
The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.