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Paul Bissonnette: ‘Charles Barkley Set Tone For NHL on TNT’

“Those guys on the NBA level, they kinda set the footprint, right? They opened a lot of doors and maybe how people wanted to rethink how they delivered the sports and maybe keep it a little more organic.”

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The first season of NHL action on TNT is winding down. Overall, the network’s coverage has received very positive reviews. On Wednesday night, Paul Bissonnette joined Zach Gelb to talk about the goals for the NHL on TNT.

“We’re trying. Obviously, we want the people at home to be very entertained,” Biz told the CBS Sports Radio host.

Gelb pointed out that Turner Sports has a reputation for putting on entertaining and relatable studio shows and pointed to Inside the NBA as the prime example. Bissonnette agreed and said that show is just as influential outside of the company.

“Those guys on the NBA level, they kinda set the footprint, right? They opened a lot of doors and maybe how people wanted to rethink how they delivered the sports and maybe keep it a little more organic.”

Bissonnette is often compared to Charles Barkley. He is expected to bring a level of honesty and levity to NHL on TNT just like Sir Charles is expected to do for Inside the NBA. While Biz had plenty of time to hone those aspects of his style on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast, he said that Barkley had a major influence on him when he arrived at TNT.

“Right from the gun, he was there the first NHL broadcast. So he was there the night we opened up and I really think that him coming on the first segment or one of the first segments, it was big because it loosened us up and showed us what this was about, Biz said of Barkley. “It was just like ‘Buddy, have a life, be yourself, have some fun. It ain’t that serious. It’s just sports.’”

Paul Bissonnette’s first season with TNT is winding down. The network will carry the Western Conference Finals to close out its season. ESPN, which is carrying the Eastern Conference Finals, will also carry the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Nick Wright Calls Toucher and Rich Homer Radio

“What is he talking about?” asked Fred Toucher.

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On Toucher and Rich, a clip was played from FS1’s First Things First in which Nick Wright was talking about the New England Patriots situation at offensive coordinator. During that clip, Wright was dismissive of people proposing the idea of Bill O’Brien returning to New England.

“You can get those (opinions) from anybody,” Wright said. “Just go to Toocher and Rich if you want that take. That’s not what we’re here for.”

That comment didn’t go over too well with the show.

“What is he talking about?” asked Fred Toucher.

“I don’t know,” Rich Shertenlieb replied, “but he obviously is such a big fan that he gets the name correctly.”

Toucher was confused and bothered by the insinuation because he believes Wright isn’t discussing the same narrative around Bill O’Brien that the show has.

“I don’t get the homer take,” said Toucher. “I don’t even know what he’s talking about. He’s so ineloquent. Like he’s just blah, blah, blah, like hemming and stammering. Shut up. And I don’t even understand what your problem is. Articulate. Articulate. What exactly are you so angry about?… I don’t understand the venom directed towards the Boston media. He’s putting himself on some pedestal that he is above all of it.”

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Colin Dunlap: Jac Collinsworth ‘Brings Nothing’

“There’s not one thing that Jac Collinsworth does during those games that I go — or anything that he’s ever done that I’ve watched — and I’ve thought ‘that guy’s good’.”

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The New York Post reported Sunday that NBC will officially pair Jac Collinsworth and Jason Garrett for their Notre Dame broadcasts in 2022, and the reaction has been lukewarm at best. 93.7 The Fan’s Colin Dunlap and Dorin Dickerson both shared their less than stellar opinions on Collinsworth during Monday’s edition of The Fan Morning Show.

“I am not the only one who thinks Jac Collinsworth keeps falling up because of his surname,” Dunlap said. “So immediately that gets out there and the first response to that tweet on NBC’s official account is ‘Call me crazy, but I find it hard to believe the best person for the job just happened to be Cris Collinsworth’s kid.’ I have watched this guy do sideline reports. I have watched this happened, and it’s not a personal shot. It’s more so watching him professionally. He brings nothing. There’s not one thing that Jac Collinsworth does during those games that I go — or anything that he’s ever done that I’ve watched — and I’ve thought ‘that guy’s good’.”

“Usually in a circumstance — what’s the word? Nepotism? — usually in a circumstance like this, we would have saw him on some lower games in college or something first. And then working his way up…” Dickerson said.

“Why isn’t he doing San Jose and UNLV,” Dunlap interrupted.

“Exactly. But to go right to NBC and Notre Dame? That’s ridiculous,” Dickerson replied.

“I watch him and I cringe,” said Dunlap. “He tries that little quirky…he doesn’t do it for me. He might be the nicest guy ever. 27-years-old and doing Notre Dame play-by-play.”

Collinsworth and Garrett partnered together for the 2022 USFL slate on NBC. Collinsworth also has previously announced Atlantic 10 basketball and the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament on NBCSN.

It’s not the first time Dunlap has criticized the 27-year-old broadcaster. In January, Dunlap said there was “no one more underqualified” and said Collinsworth was “stunningly bad” on television.

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Dominic Cotroneo New ‘Brewers Extra Innings’ Host For 620 WMTJ

In addition to hosting Brewers Extra Innings, Cotroneo will also host Brewers Weekly and will contribute to other programming for 620 WTMJ as well as ESPN Milwaukee.

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620 WTMJ has announced Dominic Cotroneo as the new host of Brewers Extra Innings.

Cotroneo is currently the host of the Locked-On Brewers podcast and is the statistician for Brewers games on Bally Sports Wisconsin. He served in the same role with Major League Baseball on TBS for both the regular season and postseason. Previously, Cotroneo spent four seasons as a play-by-play broadcaster in the for minor league affiliates of the Angels, Rangers, and Astros.

In addition to hosting Brewers Extra Innings, Cotroneo will also host Brewers Weekly and will contribute to other programming for 620 WTMJ as well as ESPN Milwaukee.

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