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Greg Olsen Talks Tebow, TE Frustrations On Pardon My Take

“Olsen mentioned that it isn’t uncommon for teams to try players from other sports out at tight end, and he was not shy with how he felt about it.”

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When it comes to talking about athletes in other sports besides the NFL, the position that comes to mind that people can transition to is playing tight end. While some players such as Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez, and Jimmy Graham were successful going from college basketball to the NFL, it is not easy and it does offend some of the those that have dedicated their lives to being the best at the position. 

On Monday’s episode of Pardon My Takeformer NFL tight end and FOX analyst Greg Olsen and 49ers tight end George Kittle were guests to promote “Tight End University”. It is a camp down in Nashville taking place this week where the best tight ends in the league are able to learn from each other. 

One of the topics that came up on the show was Tim Tebow trying to play tight end in Jacksonville this year. Olsen mentioned that it isn’t uncommon for teams to try players from other sports out at tight end, and he was not shy with how he felt about it. 

“Here’s what used to piss me off as a tight end in the NFL. There’s one position in the NFL that gets all the I never played the position or even played the sport of football before,” Olsen said. “All these guys that never played tight end, yet alone football and then when they want to make the transition to try in the NFL, they are like ‘yeah, let’s just make that guy a tight end’. I always used to take offense to that. Every minicamp, every training camp, we’d have random guys on our team who never played football. I was like why was the point guard from Auburn was never made a safety? I’d be like, you guys have no idea how hard this shit is.” 

Tim Tebow was not invited to “Tight End University” this year, despite being one of the most talked about players in any training camp. He is one of those guys Olsen was complaining about. Kittle said it was tough to invite Tebow due to the lack of finances, as he and Olsen are covering all of the costs for this year.

“Nothing against Tim Tebow, but I found it hard for me not to invite a backup tight end on let’s say the New York Giants as opposed to invite a guy who just started playing the position. We do have limited spots,” said Kittle. 

Greg Olsen said that just because Tebow isn’t at the event this year does not mean the former Heisman Trophy winner would never be welcome.

“If he’s on a roster this year and he plays tight end, we would love to have him, we would love to work with him. Once he’s officially a tight end, we would love to work with him.” 

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16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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According to Nielsen, sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in their latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

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Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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