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Gregg Giannotti: Why Is Streaming Sports Such A Problem For Fans?
“Like Stranger Things that everybody seems to be watching or everybody’s talking about. Everybody can find it, but when a Yankee game or a Mets game is on a streaming service people are freaking out?”
Undeniably, sports television is seeing a shift from strictly linear television to being a valuable asset for streaming platforms. Also, undeniably, for a portion of sports fans, the decision to move games onto streaming platforms is unpopular. But WFAN morning show host Gregg Giannotti asked Wednesday morning during Boomer & Gio just when will it be normal to go to a streaming platform to find the game you’re looking for.
“When do you think we’re gonna get to the point where the streaming stuff is no longer a problem for people? Is that gonna happen in the next year? Two years? Because every time that a game shows up not on cable we’re still getting more complaints than anything else,” Gregg Giannotti said.
“I try to think back to when I first started getting into Netflix. I wanna say it was 2015 or ’16, I’d say. And I really got into all that stuff. Now it’s an easy thing,” co-host Boomer Esiason said. “You just go onto Netflix, you pick what you want, you watch it and I’m very used to it. I just think, for the sports fan, we’re not used to going to find it yet there. Whether it be Amazon or Apple(TV)+ or wherever it may be. We’re just not used to doing that yet.”
“Yeah, but we watch all this other stuff,”Giannoti countered. “Like a Netflix show, like Stranger Things that everybody seems to be watching or everybody’s talking about. Everybody can find it, but why is it when a Yankee game or a Mets game is on a streaming service and people are freaking out? Is it because we’re not used to it or is it because the fan is older?”
“Or because they don’t have the TV that has the function on their TV. You may not have a smart TV. You may not have AppleTV,” said Esiason. “You may not have Roku. You may not have hacked a Fire Stick. You may not have that stuff. You may just have your basic cable package that includes your YES (Network) and your SNY. And you may not have the ability to Chromecast it or project it off your iPad. Maybe you don’t have an iPad. Maybe you don’t have an iPhone.”
Esiason then went on to say that fans just may not want to pay for extra streaming services in the midst of a recession and inflation.
The conversation comes after the New York Yankees played the New York Mets Tuesday night on Amazon Prime Video. Thursday Night Football will be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video this fall. Peacock and AppleTV+ both have exclusive MLB broadcasts, and more and more college football finds its way to ESPN+ every year, leading to consternation from sports fans about the future of linear television.
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106.7 The Fan Extends Deal to Remain Washington Nationals Flagship
“We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future…”
106.7 The Fan has announced it has reached a multi-year extension with the Washington Nationals to remain as the MLB club’s radio flagship.
Nationals fans will continue to hear game broadcasts on the station, and those living inside the club’s broadcast territory will be able to stream the radio broadcasts on the Audacy app.
“Opening Day is finally here and we’re thrilled to celebrate the return of baseball season by extending our partnership with the Washington Nationals,” said Audacy Washington D.C. Senior Vice President and Market Manager Ivy Savoy-Smith. “We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future and give the team’s fans a front row seat to the action on the field and top storylines throughout the year.”
The Nationals have called 106.7 The Fan home since the 2011 season. Beyond game broadcasts, the station will welcome Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo to The Sports Junkies every Wednesday at 9:00 AM throughout the season. The station will also air segments titled “Nats Insider”, hosted by broadcaster Dan Kolko that feature player interviews and features. Those segments will air all along the Nationals Radio Network.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with Audacy in bringing Nationals fans even more of the interviews and exclusive access they love,” said Lerner Sports Group COO Alan H. Gottlieb. “From in-depth interviews with execs and top players, to off-the-field profiles and more Spanish and English bilingual content than ever before, Audacy offers a comprehensive look at our ball club from all angles.”
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Todd Markiewicz Departing 97.1 The Fan
“He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”
Longtime 97.1 The Fan Vice President and Market Manager Todd Markiewicz has announced he is leaving the sports radio station.
Markiewicz has been named the President of the 1870 Society, a Name, Image, and Likeness collective working with Ohio State athletics and Learfield to devise NIL strategy, fundraising, and logistics.
In an internal memo, Tegna Columbus President and General Manager John Cardenas credited Markiewicz for helping to establish the brand as “the powerhouse sports station in the country. He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”
Markiewicz joined the station in 2010. Under his leadership, 97.1 The Fan has routinely ranked as the highest-rated station in the Columbus market.
His final day with the station will be Friday, May 26th.
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gregg Giannotti: Doug Gottlieb Is ‘Using My Name’ To Deflect Blame From Himself
“I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there.”
Earlier this week, Doug Gottlieb revisited a gaffe he made on the set of CBS’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show a decade ago. On a set that included Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Greg Gumbel, and Kenny Smith, Gottlieb said that he was there to “provide the white man’s perspective.” Gottlieb owned that it was a poor attempt at humor, but Gregg Giannotti takes issue with the FOX Sports Radio host’s version of events that lead up to the televised misstep.
“If you’ll allow me, I’d like to clear my name for a little bit,” Giannotti said on Wednesday’s edition of Boomer and Gio on WFAN.
Gottlieb contends that he tried out a better rehearsed version of the joke in a number of other places before going on television and it was well-received. No one told him it was a bad idea or that if delivered in the wrong way, it could create problems. One of those places, according to Gottlieb, was CBS Sports Radio’s Gio & Jones.
One problem, the show did not exist in 2013.
“Here are my issues with this,” Gregg Giannotti said. “One, I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there. Two, he is placing blame now on whoever he told this to to stop him and say ‘Don’t do this on the set!’”.
Boomer Esiason, Giannotti’s WFAN partner said he can see how Gottlieb overlooked the reality that this joke would not land well with a general audience. Former athletes are used to joking with one another like this in locker rooms. Plus, being on a set with Barkley and Smith may have made Gottlieb think that he would get a little more leeway.
Esiason added that he can see how Gottlieb would assume Gio was there. The show on CBS Sports Radio that he was likely on was MoJo, which featured Brian Jones and Chris Moore. It became Gio & Jones in 2015 when Giannotti came to CBS Sports Radio from 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, where worked in 2013. More surprising to Esiason was the Gottlieb wanted to talk about this a decade after it happened.
“He’s still hanging on this,” Giannotti answered. “The issue I have is that he is using me, saying that he tried it out on me and that I found it hilarious but I should have stopped him from saying the joke when I wasn’t even part of this. I was talking about the god damn Penguins!”