The NFL has been under a microscope for many years now for the lack of men of color in head coaching positions. FOX Sports Radio’s Rob Parker thinks there is another area where the league’s hiring practices should be questioned. He wrote a piece for Deadspin this week pointing out the lack of black former players in discussion for analyst roles on the league’s premier broadcasts. He explained his position Wednesday night alongside Chris Broussard on The Odd Couple.
Parker pointed out that rarely do black players get a spot on prime-time broadcasts. That is where the money is.
He pointed out that three black men have been in the booth throughout the history of Monday Night Football. Combined, those three men spent six seasons on the broadcast. He also noted that plenty of black broadcasters and former players end up on pregame shows.
“I’m not saying there aren’t any opportunities, but the big paying jobs, and the biggest ones so far have not had that guy in there,” Parker said.
He pointed to the salaries of Tony Romo and Troy Aikman and said networks don’t often make those paydays available to black men. He specifically called out Aikman, who recently signed a $90 million contract at ESPN. Parker said that he is good at what he does and has stature in the league thanks to his history with the Dallas Cowboys, but there is no reason his Cowboys teammate Michael Irvin shouldn’t have the same opportunities in the broadcast booth.
Broussard agreed saying that the NFL should prop Irvin up as its answer to what Charles Barkley is to the NBA on TNT.
Rob Parker said that he was inspired to write the Deadspin piece after Amazon hired Kirk Herbstreit to be the analyst on its Thursday Night Football coverage.
“He never played in the NFL. He’s Mr. College Football, and even in that spot, they gave it to somebody that didn’t even play in the league,” Parker said. “I’m not saying that means he can’t talk about the game or analyze the game. He played great as the quarterback at Ohio State, okay? I know his resume. I’m not saying he’s not qualified, but even that job, Chris! Even that job with Amazon went to another white guy.”
Michael Strahan has been mentioned as a candidate to take over for Aikman in FOX’s top NFL booth. It wouldn’t be a primetime game, but it is regularly one of the NFL’s most-watched windows. Would that come along with one of these mega-paychecks?
Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio
“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”
San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.
RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.
San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.
Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.
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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
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.
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.”
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.