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Doug Gottlieb: Why is FOX So Protective of Skip Bayless?

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Skip Bayless has defended his actions after a tweet he sent during the Damar Hamlin situation Monday evening created tremendous pushback. On Wednesday, FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb had strong pushback to Bayless “doubling down” on his tweet during the opening of Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe.

Bayless made the claim no one at FOX Sports had a problem with his tweet, which Gottlieb found preposterous.

“In what world does he think no one had a problem with it?,” Gottlieb said during his In The Bonus podcast. “The person sitting across the desk from him had a problem with it…I’ve reached the ‘I don’t give a f— moment’ of my time here at FOX Sports Radio.”

Gottlieb then brought up an example of a time he disagreed with Bayless and his opinion that the Golden State Warriors were better without Kevin Durant.

“I just said ‘The idiocy of this has to stop’. We played Skip’s sound of him saying it, but I did not direct any of my commentary personally at Skip, it was the idea that we hear this narrative that we hear on radio and see on TV…all I said was something after a clip of Skip. We have a guy — I won’t name him — his job is taking the clips from radio, packaging them, and putting them on social media. And what he put on social media was just that. But he had a picture of Skip.

“So people (at FOX Sports) search Twitter for Skip and they see ‘Gottlieb’s talking shit about Skip. You need to take this down’…so I asked ‘Why are we so protective of Skip Bayless?’ He’s made this portion of his career about strong opinions, and I vehemently disagree with his opinion, but I didn’t even say his name. I said the idiocy of this narrative. So this is me calling bullshit on the ‘no one had a problem…’, are you f—ing kidding me? Yesterday, you went on TV and did a 180 on Lebron James and act like no one was effected? Get the f— out of here.

“But it’s equally bullshit for Shannon to not to the show yesterday. You are the voice. That’s your job. To go ‘No Skip, you’re wrong. No matter what you put in the last sentence, the first three sentences lack empathy. Kid’s laying there, fighting for his life. And you’re concerned about playoff seedings? Get the f— out of here! Have a heart!’ That’s what you’re supposed to do. That’s the beauty of that show!”

Gottlieb mentioned he has no relationship with either of his FOX Sports colleagues, noting “we’re not friends, we’re not enemies, I just don’t have any relationship” with either of the Undisputed hosts. He also added he believes Bayless’ reputation played a role in the reaction to his tweet, and believes the longtime pundit frankly lacks empathy.

“This is how Skip’s brain works. He’s very matter of fact. It’s almost Asperger’s-like. He lacks empathy..I think one of the hard parts about being somebody with strong opinions is you do have to cut through the emotions and get to what’s really going on.”

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NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.

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SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.

Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.

NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.

The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.

“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”

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Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.

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The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.

Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.

Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.

The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.

While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.

“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”

Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”

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Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”

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One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.

Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.

Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.

“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”

Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.

Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.

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