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Kevin Sheehan: ‘Commanders Should Have Never Let Jack Del Rio Talk To Media’

“There’s nothing that can convince me that putting him out there was anything other than what it was, which was a mistake.”

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Kevin Sheehan is among those unhappy with Jack Del Rio and he says if you are a Washington Commanders fan, you should be too.

“Forget his politics,” Sheehan said Monday of the team’s defensive coordinator defending the insurrection of January 6th as “a dust-up at the Capitol”. “He hurt their business last week.”

The Team 980 morning man says he expects that Del Rio had a number of conversations with higher-ups in the organization in the hours after talking to the media. He speculated that the Commanders may have looked into firing the coach with cause before realizing that isn’t exactly easy to do.

Del Rio deserves the bulk of the blame according to Sheehan, but he does reserve some for the franchise as well.

Del Rio had been on Twitter sharing his political beliefs for some time. The franchise is trying build a business from the ground up according to Sheehan and he said that everyone in the front office should have been thinking about that before making the coach available to reporters. They had to know what kind of questions were coming.

“There’s nothing that can convince me that putting him out there was anything other than what it was, which was a mistake.”

Sheehan explained that while both coordinators are required to talk to the media at least once during offseason activities, there was no reason to make the coach that has been tweeting about January 6th available the day before the highly publicized hearings on Capitol Hill. The franchise would have been better served by saying Del Rio had a personal issue to deal with and taking the fine from the NFL.

Jack Del Rio has since deleted his Twitter account. Kevin Sheehan says he has no proof it was at the request or urging of the Washington Commanders, but it is reasonable to think it was at least discussed.

“What he did last week was not debatable,” Sheehan said, arguing that no matter how you feel politically, it should be clear to see there was a problem with Del Rio talking to the media. “It was not good for the team. It hurt the team. That building and people in it on both sides, the football side and the business side, were not happy. It did not make their jobs easier.”

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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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.

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