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Gregg Giannotti: New NFL Sunday Ticket Package Confusing

“All of this crap is confusing, but this is particularly confusing. Does that mean that you have to have YouTube TV and sign up for their subscription before you can sign up for Sunday Ticket?”

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A new NFL Sunday Ticket package was officially announced Thursday morning, with the league migrating the platform to YouTube TV for the 2023 season and beyond. One of the provisions in the announcement confused WFAN morning hosts Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti.

In the announcement, the NFL said “starting next season, NFL Sunday Ticket will be available on two of YouTube’s growing subscription businesses as an add-on package on YouTube TV and standalone a-la-carte on YouTube Primetime Channels.”

That “a-la-carte” wording led Giannotti — a Minnesota Vikings fan living in New York — to question whether he could purchase solely Vikings games. The option to buy single NFL games or the NFL games of one particular franchise does not currently exist and reportedly will not be offered in the new Sunday Ticket package. Giannotti then wondered if he would need a YouTube TV subscription to purchase Sunday Ticket.

“All of this crap is confusing, but this is particularly confusing,” Giannotti said. “Does that mean that you have to have YouTube TV and sign up for their subscription before you can sign up for Sunday Ticket?”

“Yeah, I would assume so,” Esiason said. “You have the free app on your phone. You can also sign up for an additional aspect of the app.”

After a back and forth between producers and update anchor Jerry Recco disagreed on what the “al a carte” pricing meant for the package, the record was set straight that you can add-on NFL Sunday Ticket to your YouTube TV bundle similarly to that of Showtime or HBO.

“That makes a little more sense,” Giannotti said.

Later, Recco questioned what the move means for DirecTV.

“They’re in a lot of trouble,” Recco said.

“They should hire Sam Bankman-Fried to turn things around for them,” Giannotti joked, to which Esiason replied “he’ll be back in town soon”, referring to the disgraced cryptocurrency exchange founder of FTX, who is currently in federal custody facing charges of wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, securities fraud, securities fraud conspiracy, and money laundering.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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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 ESPN.

“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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