It’s been no secret that New York’s pro sports teams have struggled mightily to produce championship-winning and championship-caliber seasons over the last decade.
Sure, the Giants won Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011, and the Yankees did win the World Series in 2009. But since 2011, no other New York or New Jersey team has won a title in a major professional sport. You do have a New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2011, followed up with a New York Rangers Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2014, and Mets World Series run in 2015 that inspired hope in New Yorkers too.
But sprinkled in between all that have been plenty of seasons and coaches that have frustrated one of the nation’s most passionate sports fan hubs.
Over on WFAN on Wednesday, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannatti discussed the carousel that has spun at a surprising pace for sports teams in the city.
With the announcement that Joe Judge would indeed no longer be the head coach of the Giants, Esiason said the next Giants leader would be the 50th different head coach in the city since he began at WFAN in 2007.
“The Devils have had seven, the Knicks have had seven, the Nets have had seven, the Islanders and Rangers have had five, the Mets have had six, and the Jets and Giants getting ready to hire their fifth,” Esiason said.
“The Yankees are the most stable franchise of all, believe it or not, and it’s easy to understand why,” he added. “Brian Cashman has been the general manager since I’ve been here. He had (Joe) Torre, didn’t re-up him. Had (Joe) Girardi, had a 10 year run, didn’t re-up him, and now he has Aaron Boone.”
Gio asked if that list included interim head coaches, and Esiason said he only considered a couple. CBS Sports Network, which simulcasts Boomer and Gio on TV, showed a graphic outlining all the different New York coaches since 2017.
The two agreed former Jets coach Adam Gase was the worst of them all, but he had company, according to Esiason, with the most recent Giants coach.
“Joe Judge is right there with him right now,” he said.
They then recapped the Mets run at managers and the failed coaches of the Knicks before Gio summed things up.
“Just shows you how much of an abyss this has been,” he said. “A negative abyss.”
WFAN tweeted the conversation and asked the question if this was currently the worst era in New York sports history. One could make a point in favor of that notion, and it doesn’t seem like there’s much end in sight, at least not in the near future.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
670 The Score Hosting ‘QB1 Town Hall’ to Debate Future of Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
“We’re looking forward to opening up this conversation to our listeners and Bears faithful.”
Audacy-owned 670 The Score in Chicago will host a unique discussion to deliberate what the future could hold for the Chicago Bears quarterback position on Wednesday’s edition of the Parkins & Spiegel Show.
Following a 7-10 campaign by the Bears that marked the third consecutive season without a playoff berth for the team, there have been several questions surrounding the future of starting quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears have the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft in a class with several accomplished college quarterbacks. Having selected Fields with the 11th-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the organization could look to move on from him, although he is coming off a season where he threw for more than 2,500 yards for the first time in his career.
Emanating from the Audacy Chicago Blue Cross Blue Shield Performance Stage, afternoon co-hosts Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel will deliver insightful perspectives and opinions on this quandary that has the football world waiting for a potential resolution. Various football experts will join the program, which will also include a live audience, contributing to the conversation surrounding this pressing topic.
The station ran a contest last week that determined the crowd at Wednesday’s event, known as the “QB1 Town Hall.” Members of the crowd will also be able to express their opinions and ask questions to a panel composed of Audacy personalities and sports industry professionals.
“This decision will determine the entire season’s trajectory and the fans are passionate about their views on it,” Mitch Rosen, vice president of programming at 670 The Score and BetQL Network, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to opening up this conversation to our listeners and Bears faithful.”
Consumers can listen to the “QB1 Town Hall” broadcast of the Parkins & Spiegel Show on 670 The Score, the Audacy mobile app and company website. Additionally, video functionality will be available through the official 670 The Score Twitch and YouTube channels. The program will run from 2 to 6 p.m. CST.
Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio Celebrate Anniversary on 94 WIP
“Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”
94 WIP hosts Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio celebrated their one-year anniversary as the midday show in Philadelphia today. Following Angelo Cataldi’s retirement in 2023 and the subsequent move of DeCamara and Ritchie taking his place in mornings, Douglas and Giglio formed the station’s new midday show.
Giglio started the show, “Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”
Douglas, who had been part of the morning show at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta prior to starting with Giglio on 94 WIP, had mixed emotions. He was excited for the show, but was also reminded that he had been in Philadelphia now for a full year and had yet to find his permanent place to live. Giglio said he believes the reasoning is simply Douglas’ attention to the show and nothing else.
Giglio took a moment to thank those who help with and listen to the show. “We appreciate everyone who has been a part of the show for the last year,” he said. “We are excited for the next year to get started.”
Douglas played in the NFL for ten years, spending time with the Jets, Eagles and Jaguars.
Los Angeles Dodgers Extend with Latino Media Network in LA; Add Coverage in Las Vegas and Fresno
“As a lifelong Latina Dodgers fan, this collaboration is a dream come true,” said LMN founder Stephanie Valencia.
According to a release from the company, Dodger games will continue to broadcast on the flagship Los Angeles based KTNQ 1020 AM, but will now also expand the broadcast to KLLE 107.9 FM in Fresno and KISF 103.5 FM HD2 in Las Vegas, increasing the team’s reach to more than three million Hispanic potential Dodger fans. Beyond the expanded markets, the new partnership between Latino Media Network and the Dodgers will include more team and sports programming and increased community-based events.
“As a lifelong Latina Dodgers fan, this collaboration is a dream come true,” said LMN founder Stephanie Valencia. “This partnership is beyond baseball – it is about our Latino community. There is arguably no more dedicated Latino fan base to any other team in the MLB than Latinos to Los Doyers and that is in great part to KTNQ, which has been a part of Dodgers history for decades. KTNQ is still how thousands of Latino families listen to Dodger baseball, and I am excited to help expand the Dodgers fan base in a meaningful way in what will be such a historic year for the team.”
“The Dodgers’ history in the Latino community is without parallel in the world of sports, and that includes broadcasts in Spanish dating back to the 1950s and the franchise’s arrival in Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles Dodgers Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen. “We could not be more pleased to team up with LMN not only to extend this arrangement but also expand it on a geographical and programming level. This partnership is great for the Dodgers, great for baseball and most importantly, great for our community.”
LMN’s roster of sports teams include the Miami Marlins, Miami Heat, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire, Chicago Blackhawks, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Christian University.