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1250 AM The Fan’s Tobi Altizer: Big Broadcast Salaries Bad For NFL

“I don’t know that this is good. Because you could start luring good people for the leagues out early to go work in broadcasting because they’ll make more money.”

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Would the NFL game be diminished had Sean McVay and John Lynch left their respective jobs to jump into broadcasting? The Los Angeles Rams would likely be less formidable without McVay on the sidelines. The San Francisco 49ers might not have as impressive a roster without Lynch putting it together.

The Bart Winkler Show‘s Tobi Altizer made that argument while discussing the NFL broadcasting carousel and the massive salaries now being paid for the top analyst positions.

“I don’t know that this is good,” Alitzer said to Bart Winkler. “Because you could start luring — and I think this has happened with officiating — you could start luring good people for the leagues out early to go work in broadcasting because they’ll make more money.”

“What if Sean McVay did leave and go to the booth? Obviously, it’s a limited number of jobs because it’s not like there’s tons and tons of major networks. But what if McVay leaves and goes to the booth? That’s one of the best coaches in the NFL and he leaves.”

Going off Tuesday’s big news of Aaron Rodgers re-signing with the Green Bay Packers and Russell Wilson getting traded to the Denver Broncos, Alitzer asks if we’d see such moves if Rodgers or Wilson decided to take a big broadcasting salary rather than play one or two more years in the NFL.

(Granted, even ESPN or Amazon wouldn’t approach what Rodgers is reportedly being paid in his new contract with the Packers, if reports of a four-year, $200 million deal are true.)

It’s an intriguing question, but how the broadcasting carousel has played out probably shows that younger coaches and executives like McVay and Lynch are going to stay in the league while they still have the energy and competitive drive for their jobs. And top-tier quarterbacks such as Rodgers and Wilson aren’t going to retire if they believe a Super Bowl title is attainable. (Not to mention, the money is just too lucrative.)

Sean Payton left the New Orleans Saints, but admittedly needed a break. (And as of yet, he hasn’t signed on for a broadcasting gig.) Tony Romo jumped to CBS’s No. 1 analyst role when he could’ve played at least one more season. But he was also coming off a back injury that required surgery and limited him to five games in his last two seasons. (Several might point out that Romo shouldn’t be compared to the likes of Rodgers and Wilson, either.)

Also, this offseason broadcasting carousel is a phenomenon unlikely to be repeated for at least a few years. Once Amazon and Fox decide on their top broadcast teams, those positions won’t likely open up for a while. Troy Aikman is signed with ESPN for five years. Sure, there can always be churn. People leave or get fired. Changes can be made. But once this carousel stops, it may not spin again for a while.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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