Golf’s most prestigious tournament kicked off Thursday with a lot of fanfare around the return of Tiger Woods. While The Masters’ main storyline centers around Woods’s comeback, some in the media are criticizing how the worldwide leader in sports is covering it.
During Thursday’s episode of The Common Man & T-Bone Show on The Fan 97.1 in Columbus, OH, both host took a jab at how ESPN covers The Masters, calling the network out for not having full coverage on-air until the afternoon and compared it to Fox only airing the last few innings of the World Series.
“I try to find The Masters on TV, flip on ESPN, flap, not there,” Mike Ricordati said. “Tiger is playing right now, The Masters must be on television someplace. Then someone came in and said they don’t start coverage until 3 or 3:30 on TV. This to me is the equivalent of hey, I want to watch the World Series, but we only show innings 5 through 9, sorry.”
If your a golf fan and don’t like how The Masters is covered, remember that the coverage of the first eight holes did not begin until 1993 because of resistance from Augusta National and tournament organizers. The same problems with how the tournament should be covered is still a big issue today.
“Here’s one thing I don’t understand, like on Golf Channel, they are airing nothing,” Ricordati said. “This is your biggest event. Wouldn’t you want to give people as much of the event as you can?
“Oh, I mean they want to but the Masters and Augusta don’t want it out there. They think it’s saturates the market too much. They think less is more and they turn down millions to have broader coverage.”
The two then discuss why the people running The Masters are old fashioned and antiquated in their ways.
“Everyone that runs The Masters is rich guy flexing on us. They are looking at ESPN like ‘I guess we’ll let you show some of The Masters but not all of it,'” T-Bone said. “We don’t need your stupid coverage of this thing, everyone knows how great it is. If you walk in with your cell phone, I think they punch you then shoot you dead on sight. I get it’s the tradition, it’s The Masters its the whole thing but your right Mike, this is a bunch of people who run that place who say we don’t care if you don’t like it, don’t come, we got plenty of people that want to be here.”
Though ratings were up for the 2021 edition of The Masters, netted an average final-day audience of 5.59 million viewers and a household rating of 3.4. However, the 2021 ratings were the lowest for a regularly scheduled Masters tourney in the modern Nielsen ratings era.
Jasper Jones writes sports media news stories for BSM. He is also a sports content producer for Audacy’s sports team. You can find him on Twitter @JonesJ2342 or email him at Jasper.Jones@Audacy.com.
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.