ESPN analyst JJ Redick became the talk of sports media after his exchange with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on First Take this week.
Redick checked Russo for comments the sports radio legend made about Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green.
On The Team 980 in D.C., host Reese Waters continued his weekly “Racist of the Week” segment, touching on those who culturally appropriate Mexicans on Cinco de Mayo. But he brought Redick up immediately after and awarded the former Duke standout his “Anti-Racist of the Week.”
“Nobody makes progress on their own, we are not the majority,” Waters said. “So allyship is very, very important. And for JJ Redick to be able to see that and to call that out, I find to be admirable. And amazingly surprising considering how I felt about JJ Redick, I don’t know, 10 years ago.”
During his time in college, Redick was one of the most hated players in the country. He was routinely listed amongst the least favorite or most annoying by anyone that wasn’t a Duke fan. Waters began the segment by identifying himself as a Maryland Terapins fan, a team that had an intense rivalry with Duke during Redick’s time on campus.
On Wednesday, Russo made the point that players like Draymond act and carry themselves differently than greats of the game that played in the 1960s and 1970s. He said that he wished Green would “just shup up and play.” Waters said the eras can’t even begin to be compared.
“Let’s be realistic in the fact that that bygone era was a completely different culture, and we have evolved to a place of at least attempting to see these athletes as human beings and giving them agency over not only their careers, but their bodies and their selves and their lives,” he said.
Waters praised Redick for speaking up on First Take this week. The Team 980 midday host said it goes deeper than having the opinion that athletes aren’t allowed to express opinions on anything other than the game they play.
“I have to sit back all the time and listen to people try and make the argument that life was so much better back in the day,” he said. “It is the attempt to try and talk around the fact that we, in many cases, strike back against the athlete that is fully grown into his agency. And we see that in Draymond Green.”
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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.
“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.
BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week
“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”
BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII.
Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.
The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.