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Pat McAfee: Baseball Would Be Awesome If It Let Players Be Themselves

“Great coaches and managers adjust to their talent to get the most out of them. He joked that maybe La Russa thinks burying his own guys is the best way to do that and the average person just can’t see the strategy involved.”

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The Pat McAfee Show, like so many other sports radio shows across the country, touched on Tony La Russa throwing one of his own Chicago White Sox players under the bus on Thursday. While the debate seems to be about old school vs. new school mentality in the sport, McAfee says it is about La Russa’s legacy within the game.

La Russa has come under fire for first apologizing for a home run Yermin Mercedes hit on a 3-0 pitch, while the White Sox were up by 11 on the Minnesota Twins. The manager doubled down on his assertion that Mercedes needed to face consequences for breaking one of baseball’s unwritten rules on Wednesday night, when he said that he had no problem with the Twins’ Tyler Duffey throwing a ball behind Mercedes in his first at bat of the night. That was a very different reaction than Major League Baseball had. The league office suspended Duffy the following day for three games.

“Listen Tony, you’re a great coach. You’ll just always be remembered as one who can’t adapt and evolve with his players,” Pat McAfee said. “You know who could do it? Bill Belichick. You know who could do it? Andy Reid. You know who could do it? Pete Carroll. You know who could do it? Nick Saban.”

Co-host AJ Hawk recounted a story about a friend, now in his fifties, that used to pitch in Major League Baseball. Hawk says the friend is very adamant that everything about the locker room is different in 2021 from what it was in the 1980s.

McAfee reiterated that the sport doesn’t matter. Great coaches and managers adjust to their talent to get the most out of them. He joked that maybe La Russa thinks burying his own guys is the best way to do that and the average person just can’t see the strategy involved.

The deference paid to rules that are not even real isn’t just a generational problem within the sport. McAfee says it is a problem for viewers too, because so few fans are actually offended by the sort of flamboyance that La Russa has such a problem with. He thinks letting players show some personality can only be good for baseball in the long run.

“That would be awesome if it was real competition,” McAfee said, alluding to the visual effect the unwritten rules have on baseball. “Real competitive people allowing themselves to be themselves.”

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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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 ESPN.

“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.

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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.”

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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.

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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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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.

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