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Colin Cowherd: Cleveland Is Too Small For A Hot Take

“According to Cowherd, if he’s going to fabricate an opinion with the goal of sparking reaction, he’ll pick a market larger than Cleveland.”

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Colin Cowherd has never been a fan of Baker Mayfield, questioning the quarterback’s talent on the field, calling him a bad teammate, criticizing his celebrations and even the way he wears hats. 

On numerous occasions, Mayfield would engage and fight back against Cowherd, which likely enticed the FOX Sports Radio host to keep searching for new criticisms. His latest take that drew the ire of many football fans, is that he would choose Carson Wentz and Jimmy Garoppolo over the Browns quarterback. But during his Wednesday show, Cowherd said the anti-Mayfield sentiment isn’t a performance, and his proof is that he plays in Cleveland.

According to Cowherd, if he’s going to fabricate an opinion with the goal of sparking reaction, he’ll pick a market larger than Cleveland. 

“There’s no money in it for me to get Cleveland riled up,” Cowherd said. “You’re not a big enough city. You don’t matter enough. Like it would be one thing if I was riling up New York, or Chicago, or Dallas, or L.A., or Atlanta, or Philadelphia. Cleveland’s like, is Cleveland as big as Columbus, Ohio? I don’t even think it is, is it?”

This isn’t the first time Cowherd pulled back the curtain on his radio show. Just a couple of months ago he explained on-air that some of his predictions are made with the intent of getting the audience to “freak out.” Last summer, Cowherd predicted the Baltimore Ravens would go 16-0. When listeners called him out on being wrong about the 11-5 Ravens, Cowherd defended the prediction.

“I could’ve predicted 14-2, but I thought it was more fun to go 16-0 because you guys would all freak out,” Cowherd explained.

According to Nielsen rankings, Baltimore is the 28th largest media market in the United States, smaller than Cleveland, but still big enough for Cowherd to fabricate a prediction. Cleveland ranks 19th in market size according to Nielsen. The other markets Cowherd listed, New York, Chicago, Dallas, L.A., Atlanta and Philadelphia are all in the top-10. 

Cowherd is bold and brash which will at times lead to odd opinions and false predictions, but it’s more important to say something interesting with conviction than it is to be right. His audience expects to hear unique opinions worthy of a debate, and he always delivers.

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Paul McCaffrey on a ‘Murph and Mac’ Reunion: ‘You Just Might Get That at Some Point’

“If you’re hoping for a Murph and Mac reunion down the road, just know that I’m hoping for that as well.”

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Exactly six months after being let go by KNBR in San Francisco, Paul McCaffrey talked about his exit from the station and a bit about his future with SFGate Sports Editor Alex Simon. McCaffery was a part of the Murph and Mac show with Brian Murphy and had been since 2005.

The end came on November 29 last year and McCaffery told Simon he was asked to meet with management, separate from Murphy. McCaffrey was out, Murphy was still in. Others, including nighttime host and former MLB outfielder F.P. Santangelo were also let go in a round of layoffs.

McCaffrey said since that time he has been paying a lot of attention to former radio hosts such as Damon Bruce and Larry Krueger have done since leaving the medium. He told Simon YouTube is of particular interest to him and that he has visited Bruce’s studio.

“You don’t need the 50,000-watt station, not in 2024,” Simon quoted McCaffrey as saying.

Simon’s article says McCaffrey has something in the works he hopes to announce in a few months and that there would be familiar names involved. Asked specifically about Murphy, McCaffrey told Simon, “If you’re hoping for a Murph and Mac reunion down the road, just know that I’m hoping for that as well. And you just might get that at some point. I’ll just kind of leave it there.”

Simon spoke with Brian Murphy as well, who said he is enjoying working at KNBR with current partner Markus Boucher but that he “would never rule out — never rule out — being anywhere with Paulie Mac anytime.”

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New England Patriots, Beasley Media Group Agree to Multiyear Broadcast Extension

“We are honored to continue broadcasting the games to our fans for at least the next decade!”

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The New England Patriots and Beasley Media Group have announced a multiyear broadcast extension that will retain 98.5 The Sports Hub as the official flagship station of the team. The Patriots will be broadcast on the outlet through the 2033 season, continuing the partnership between both entities since the launch of 98.5 The Sports Hub in 2009. Fans can also listen to games utilizing the 98.5 The Sports Hub website or app.

“Patriots fans throughout New England have come to rely on the sound quality, reach and overall coverage that 98.5 The Sports Hub has delivered since they launched 15 years ago,” Murray Kohl, vice president of corporate sponsorship sales for the New England Patriots, said in a statement. “Bob Socci and Scott Zolak are perfectly paired to deliver all the action to Patriots fans throughout the region. We are happy to extend this partnership for another 10 years and hope it will continue for decades to come.”

“The Patriots are a religion in New England,” Mary Menna, vice president and market manager for Beasley Media Group Boston, said in a statement. “We are honored to continue broadcasting the games to our fans for at least the next decade! The Kraft family, the Patriots staff and the entire team are such amazing partners.”

Patriots gameday broadcasts will begin three hours prior to kickoff with Patriots Preview, primarily hosted by Jim Murray and also including Marc Bertrand during select weeks. Chris Gasper, Boston Globe columnist and co-host of Gasper & Murray on Saturdays, will also make a return for his 10th season as the pregame co-host. The Patriots postgame show will air for three hours following every game broadcast as well.

“The Patriots have been a cornerstone of our programming since we launched the Sports Hub,” Rick Radzik, program director of 98.5 The Sports Hub, said in a statement. “As the team enters this new era, I’m thrilled that 98.5 The Sports Hub will be the home of the game broadcasts for the next decade, while also continuing to provide an outlet for Pats fans to talk football year-round.”

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Mark Giannotto Leaving 92.9 ESPN and Memphis

“Mark has been terrific on 92.9 FM ESPN starting as a guest some 6 years ago and then joining us as a host for the Giannotto & Jeffrey Show 5 years ago.”

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Mark Giannotto, one half of Giannotto and Jeffrey on 92.9 ESPN in Memphis and lead columnist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal is leaving the area and moving closer to family in Chicago. Giannotto’s last day on the air will be this Friday, May 31.

In a staff email Barrett Sports Media obtained, Audacy Memphis Sports Brand Manager/Operations Brad Carson said, “While I’m super happy for Mark personally, obviously we’ll miss him here at 92.9 professionally. Mark has been terrific on 92.9 FM ESPN starting as a guest some 6 years ago and then joining us as a host for the “Giannotto & Jeffrey Show” 5 years ago. Immediately the daypart grew to that dayparts biggest numbers and Jeffrey and Mark demonstrated a new standard for mid-afternoon sports radio for us. Jeffrey and Mark both have been integral to our brand and I want to recognize them BOTH.”

As for what is next in the daypart, co-host Jeffrey Wright will continue on with a new show, Jeffrey Wright & Company, featuring Wright with various personalities.

“This gives us an opportunity to try some different things and reset using Jeffrey’s leadership,” Carson said in the email. “I want to personally thank Jeffrey for his unrelenting work ethic, can do attitude for our brand, and ease. Jeffrey gets it done in all aspects for us and has done so selflessly since he started here producing Geoff [Calkins’] show daily and running his own show 8 years ago.”

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