For the first time in 26 years, labor peace was disrupted between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association with the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Prior to Wednesday, Major League Baseball had not seen a stoppage in normal business since the 1994-95 strike, which lasted 232 days and resulted in the cancelation of the remainder of that season, including the Postseason and the World Series. The last lockout occurred in 1990, and was resolved in a month’s time, avoiding the league having to cancel any regular season games.
Fast forward to December 2021. Baseball fans would certainly be justified in calling this past month a valid depiction of the state of the game. From the surface, it may seem oxymoronic that over $2.2 billion was spent in contract extensions and free agent signings over that time period, perhaps a verisimilitude for the league’s recovery after lost revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some baseball fans, even those extremely passionate about the game, yearn for everything to be figured out, and the words “Play ball!” to be shouted at the ballpark again as scheduled this spring. Despite this work stoppage, “People will most definitely come [back]” to patronize America’s pastime, says John Kincade, the eponymous host of The John Kincade Show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. And if anyone says otherwise, he’ll be there to call them out on what he says is “The biggest lie ever told in sports radio.”
“Five times on this radio station [yesterday], I heard the biggest lie that’s ever told in sports radio,” said Kincade. “‘I’m done with this sport. I’m never watching again. I’m finished. This is the last straw.’ This is such the biggest load of crap, and it’s documented [and] proven over and over again… You’re lying. You know it. I know it. But nobody will call you on it. I will. You’re a fraud. You know you’re coming back. You talk a big game, but you always cave.”
A seasoned radio veteran who has hosted local and national shows around the country, Kincade has a wealth of experience talking about sports on the air. By virtue of that experience, he has also heard and responded to opinions from callers and other hosts that he knows are mendacious, not always by intent, and/or an overreaction. Therefore, he came prepared with facts to back up his claim, and prove why the fans will come back no matter how grotesque these negotiations might be portrayed by those with knowledge of the proceedings.
“Baseball has set ten new attendance records since [the strike in 1994],” said Kincade. “Baseball teams have tripled in revenues. Baseball teams’ values have quadrupled.”
Some baseball fans are already preparing for a disappointing summer without the game, including co-host Bob Cooney. If the lockout stretches into the regular season, he admits that baseball will undoubtedly lose part of his fandom.
“I’m watching golf now because I really want to get into it, [and] because I’m anticipating baseball’s going to screw me come April, May, June, whatever,” expressed Cooney. “I don’t speak in… absolutes, but I’m sitting there saying: ‘If they’re going to do this, I’m really going to look for another form of entertainment in the summer.’ I really am.”
Jamie Lynch, who has been a staple of morning programming on 97.5 The Fanatic since 2015, was discontented with the 1994-95 strike since it happened in the midst of an ongoing season. He fears a similar outcome could befall young people this time around, especially if it drags on for an extended period of time.
“The [1994-95 strike] damaged me,” explained Lynch. “It changed me as a fan of the sport… I honestly couldn’t comprehend why grown men were saying ‘no’ to playing a game. There’s probably kids out there now that are going: ‘Wait. Why aren’t they playing?’”
Kincade hopes more on-air hosts, when they hear ‘the biggest lie in sports radio,’ will call the disseminators of that message out for the falsity inherent in that statement.
“I want to hear a host go, ‘You know you’re coming back. You’re full of it. You’re coming back…,’” said Kincade. “Over and over again, the proof is there that people come back, and they come back in bigger numbers than they ever had before – and they spend more money, by the way.”
“I’ve heard hosts do that,” said Pat Egan, co-host of the morning drive program in the “City of Brotherly Love,” “but it’s a very reactionary statement… When the games restart, and they always restart, eventually, you’re back. You’re watching – every time – because you’re a sports fan.”
Bob Ramsey Joins KFNS For Mid Day Show
“Bob Ramsey is a mainstay of sportscasting in St. Louis.”
With Tim McKernan moving his shows to Hubbard’s St. Louis custer of stations, there has been some lineup shuffling going on at 590 AM, where his The Morning After used to occupy morning drive.
The latest move according to Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is the return of Bob Ramsey to sports talk radio in St. Louis. Ramsey will partner with Nate Lucas, who comes to town from Springfield, where he hosted a show on Jock 98.7 FM until he was fired in 2020 for making comments about Kamala Harris that were deemed offensive.
Bob Ramsey is a mainstay of sportscasting in St. Louis. His TV and radio career in the city date back 35 years, when he first took over as the play-by-play voice of the St. Louis University Billikens, a position he still holds today. He was also on the city’s first sports talk station, KGLD, when it launched in 1992.
Ramsey and Lucas will be on the air at KFNS from noon until two on the weekdays.
John Kincade Buys ‘BallsackSports.com’ After Daryl Morey Makes Joke
“I’m imploring people not to get too attached to Ballsack Sports tweets.”
During an appearance on Philadelphia’s The Mike Missanelli Show, 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey made what came off as a throwaway joke about NBA trade rumors.
But Missanelli’s fellow 97.1 The Fanatic host, John Kincade, took the joke and ran with it for a funny, possibly opportunistic purchase.
First, the trade rumor that led to the joke. Missanelli asked Morey about rumors of a deal that would send Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes, and two first-round picks. Morey dismissed the sources for most of these reports.
“We had a trade debated, it may have even been this one, that was tweeted out by Ballsack Sports,” said Morey, acknowledging that Sixers fans are starved for news. “People were treating that it was a real thing. I think that was yesterday or two days ago. Like, I’m imploring people not to get too attached to Ballsack Sports tweets.”
You can hear the exchange for yourself at the 11:43 mark below:
There is, in fact, a Ballsack Sports Twitter account. But the trade that the account claimed to report involved the Golden State Warriors, not the Sacramento Kings.
(To be fair, Missanelli was using rumors that have been posted elsewhere to get an idea of what Morey might be seeking in a deal.)
Naturally, Ballsack Sports took Morey’s remark and edited it to take credit for reporting accurate trade news.
But more importantly, Ballsack Sports doesn’t have a website. It’s just a Twitter account. That left an opportunity for someone to purchase the “ballsacksports.com” domain. On his show Friday morning, Kincade announced that he did just that.
Those looking for an opportunity in sports media might want to keep an eye on what Kincaid does with that domain. It appears that he’s looking for absurd content, so applicants and pitches should probably start thinking of the most ridiculous trade rumors possible.
Ian Eagle On Buffalo Sub-Zero Temps: ‘Let Me Live to See Another Play’
“You get… PTSD after the fact. I walked out yesterday to grab lunch and I’m like ‘Oh my goodness! I’ll go back in. Let me get another layer.'”
NFL Wild Card weekend had a variety of ups and downs for various teams around the league. Whether it was the Dallas Cowboys’ unexpected loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Cincinnati Bengals’ first playoff win in 31 years, or the Arizona Cardinals’ collapse against the Los Angeles Rams, the weekend was full of unexpected surprises – both good and bad.
Another significant area of fluctuation over the weekend was in the kickoff temperatures which, from a statistical perspective, possessed an immense standard deviation from the mean. The Los Angeles Rams kicked off against Arizona at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California at approximately 63 degrees Fahrenheit, albeit in a partially-enclosed stadium. But for the Buffalo Bills, at the open-air Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, their game versus the New England Patriots began at 7 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there was a wind chill making it feel as if it was negative five.
Barrett Sports Media’s Andy Masur recently wrote an article on broadcasting in the cold, something that Nashville’s JMart and Ramon took notice of and asked their guest, CBS Sports play-by-play Announcer Ian Eagle about at the top of their interview Thursday on 104.5 The Zone.
Jason Martin, co-host of the morning drive program, first reminisced with Eagle about his time calling games in cold temperatures.
“You were wearing the Kurt Warner jiffy-pop jacket on Saturday, and it reminded me of calling a high school game and standing on the roof in an ice storm and my mouth locking up in the second half,” said Martin. “There were words I wanted to say that my mouth would not allow me to utter, so it seems like that’s what you and [Charles Davis] experienced in Buffalo.”
Eagle concurred with Martin’s view of the situation and spoke about how he had to change his announcing style in order to ensure that he would be able to complete the game, which ended in a 47-17 “beatdown” victory for the hometown Bills.
“In the third quarter, I started shivering and I thought to myself, ‘All right. I can handle this.’ But once it made its way to my face, I had no other options,” explained Eagle. “There were a couple of times [where] I just cut my call off quicker and earlier than I normally would because I didn’t think I would get the words out. So instead of giving the tackler on a specific play, I was like: ‘You know what. I’m out. I’m good. He made the catch. That’s all I need to say. Let me live to see another play.'”
Upon returning home to New Jersey following the game, Eagle detailed his continuing struggle with cold temperatures, despite temperatures in “The Garden State” not being nearly as cold as those in upstate New York.
“You get… PTSD after the fact,” said Eagle. “I walked out yesterday to grab lunch and I’m like ‘Oh my goodness! I’ll go back in. Let me get another layer.'”
Eagle and Davis will both be on the call once again for Saturday’s divisional round matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tennessee Titans from Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Temperatures will hit a high of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 24 degrees, with kickoff at 4:30 p.m. expected to be at around 34 degrees. Normally, that would be a disappointment for Eagle in traveling to a location partially known for its warmer temperatures. But this time…
“I’m psyched!” exclaimed Eagle. “I am pumped up for Nashville, trust me.”
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