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ESPN Says It Did Not Intend To Ban Guests From Pat McAfee Show

Colin Cowherd responded to McAfee’s original claim with a “welcome to the two man club” tweet. Cowherd left ESPN for FOX in 2015.

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After Pat McAfee called ESPN out for taking their ball and going home, the Worldwide Leader now says they’re willing to share. 

Last week, McAfee stated ESPN talent was prohibited from appearing on his SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio show. It’s a policy the Disney owned company has implemented before, but it was a little surprising for McAfee who works as an ESPN contributor despite hosting a radio show on another platform. 

McAfee makes regular appearances on both Get Up! and College Gameday. But after he said maybe he won’t go on ESPN shows anymore, the company responded.

“We didn’t intend to ban ESPN guests from the show & there is certainly no ban going forward,” the company told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. “We are in the midst of figuring out the best process for future guests to appear on outside platforms & Pat will continue to make regular appearances on ESPN shows.”

Colin Cowherd responded to McAfee’s original claim with a “welcome to the two man club” tweet. Cowherd left ESPN for FOX in 2015. His FOX Sports Radio show The Herd has continued its immense success despite apparently being ESPN guest-free. 

But even if ESPN decides to allow their talent to rejoin McAfee’s show, Cowherd still won’t be alone in getting shut out of their talent. Although an official statement was never made by Disney, it’s an unspoken rule that ESPN will not allow their employees to join radio stations outside the family that is true in markets large and small. 

ESPN has always shown loyalty to their New York radio affiliate and does not allow its talent to join shows on WFAN. Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Breen, Adam Schefter, Jeff Passan were all regular guests on WFAN at one time or another, but as soon as they joined ESPN, those segments were stopped.

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CBS Sports Network Wants Boomer & Gio in a Hot Air Balloon During Super Bowl Week

“I’ve done an F-16, so why not a balloon?”

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As the NFL Playoffs continue, media companies are beginning to plan their week on Radio Row at the Super Bowl in Arizona. CBS Sports Network is no different and apparently has a rather wild idea for the morning hours.

During Boomer & Gio Thursday, host Gregg Giannotti told Boomer Esiason network producers were interested in having the pair film inside a hot air balloon ride.

“He wants you in a hot air balloon,” Giannotti said. “I just actually got the text. ‘Would Boomer want to go up in a hot air balloon? Monday the 6th. Monday after the show’…you think 10 people can get in that hot air balloon?”

“What, we just trying to take the whole show out at once?” Esiason nervously responded.

“What? No! Come on! You’re safe,” Giannotti reassured his co-host. “You’re in a basket in the sky. Worst case scenario, you drift down.”

The former NFL quarterback — who admitted he is afraid of heights — said he couldn’t make Monday morning work, but when presented with the opportunity of a 3:30 PM trip, he agreed, saying it’s something he’s never done before.

“I’ve done an F-16, so why not a balloon?” he added.

WFAN producer Al Dukes declined the opportunity to ride in the balloon, admitting he’s also afraid of heights.

When the show returned from a commercial break, however, the duo discussed the WFAN management team was “concerned” about the hot air balloon ride.

“There was some consternation out in the hallway just now, because our general manager heard the last segment about Boomer going up in the hot air balloon and was not happy about it,” revealed Giannotti.

“There was a big braintrust meeting out there, and I think they were concerned,” Esisason added.

“Concerned enough to say no to this thing,” Giannotti rebutted. “So we’ve got a problem…but I do think the radio bosses may just — no pun intended — spike this thing,” alluding to the WFAN and CBS Sports Radio Vice President of Programming Spike Eskin.

“It’s not in my contract. I can do whatever I want,” quipped Esiason. “They don’t have in my contract that I’m not allowed to do things. This is not like a starting quarterback for the Giants…I heard their concern.”

Giannotti then joked that he shouldn’t have searched for hot air balloon crashes, reading excerpts from various news stories about hot air balloon disasters. However, Esiason noted ratings would be “through the roof” the day following an accident should the hosts perish.

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Greg Hill Promises to Take WEEI Show to Germany For Patriots Game

“Pats game in Munich in October. I’m delivering it. That’s it!”

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Last season, the Buccaneers and Seahawks proved that the NFL can have a big, impressive footprint in Germany. Not only was the game attended by fans from all over the world, but they showed a passion that surprised even Rich Eisen, who called the action for NFL Network. It also turned out to be the most-watched international contest in league history.

That is why the league is going back in 2023. There will be two German games next season. One will feature the New England Patriots. The other will feature the Kansas City Chiefs.

Greg Hill made it clear on his WEEI show Thursday morning that he wants to bring the scene to fans across New England.

“I’m delivering it. International road show,” Hill told the audience. “Pats game in Munich in October. I’m delivering it. That’s it!”

There is no guarantee that the Patriots will be in Munich. That is where the Buccaneers hosted the Seahawks this season. Next season, the NFL will play one game in Munich and another in Berlin.

Hill noted that ideally, the Patriots game will sync up with Oktoberfest –which runs from Saturday, September 16th through Tuesday, October 3rd — in Germany. Those two events colliding could make for an epic backdrop for a sports radio show. Plus, it makes it even more likely the trip could fulfill one of Greg Hill’s dreams for his co-host Jermaine Wiggins.

“I want one thing before I leave this world and that is to see Wiggy in Lederhosen,” Hill joked. “That is why we’re gonna do a road show.”

The NFL revealed five teams that will play games in Europe next season. In addition to the Patriots and Chiefs going to Germany, the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, and Jacksonville Jaguars will all play games in London in 2023.

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Sactown Sports Expands Local Lineup With The Addition of ‘Deuce & Mo’ in Middays

“Being able to bring their brand to Sactown Sports as we extend our live sports coverage from 6am to 6pm every day is very exciting.”

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For the second straight day, Sactown Sports 1140AM is making a splash. One day after announcing the hiring of new program director Brian Gebhardt, the Sacramento sports brand has announced plans to expand its local radio lineup.

To help the station elevate to a higher next level, GM Steve Cottingim and Bonneville Sacramento’s Group Director of Programming Chad Rufer have announced the exciting addition of Dave “Deuce” Mason and Morgan Ragan (Deuce and Mo) to middays (11am-2p) starting January 23rd, 2023. The pair previously worked together at KHTK 1140 and have built a strong following digitally, in addition to making a mark on local television.

“Deuce and Mo are a fabric of the Sacramento Kings,” said Cottingim. “Being able to bring their brand to Sactown Sports as we extend our live sports coverage from 6am to 6pm every day is very exciting.”

Morgan Ragan currently is the Kings Pre and Postgame Host on NBC Sports California, NBA G-League Color Analyst for the Stockton Kings, and Co-Host of the Deuce & Mo podcast. Deuce Mason is an NBC Sports contributor, NBA G-League Play-by-Play Host for the Stockton Kings, Sacramento Kings Radio broadcaster, and Co-Host of the Deuce & Mo podcast. He also spent time earlier in his radio career at 95.7 The Game in San Francisco.

“We’re excited to connect with this community on a different platform,” shared Ragan. “Being able to work in our hometown market has been a dream come true.” Mason added, “I’m born and raised in Sacramento so the chance to do a show in my hometown means the world to me.”

Beginning January 23rd, Sactown Sports‘ weekday schedule will be as follows:

6a-11a-The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross

11a-2p-Deuce and Mo

2p-6p-Cattles and Ramie

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