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Marc Bertrand: ‘Bart Scott is Complaining About a Football Play’

“He’s talking about calls and penalties – are you insane?”

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ESPN analyst Bart Scott found himself on the receiving end of heat from many sports fans this week for his comments on the play that sent Damar Hamlin into cardiac arrest.

Scott appeared on First Take on Tuesday and seemed to insinuate that had Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins not lowered his body and head into Hamlin’s chest, that the injury would’ve never happened. He also thought plays like that by offensive players need to be better regulated by the NFL and referees.

On 98.5 The Sports Hub Wednesday, hosts Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand were confused about how Scott would think what Higgins did was out of the realm of normalcy for an NFL game.

“That couldn’t be any more of a normal play than you would ever get,” Zolak said. “Now if you had defenseless receivers hung out over the middle, I’m all for taking that hit out of the game – trying to decapitate the guy or trying to dismember him in the back corner of an end zone as he’s trying to tip his toes in and maintain his balance.”

“I don’t think the league’s gonna look into this and say come on we gotta regulate that,” he added. “I don’t know how you regulate that unless you play flag football. That’s how you regulate it – flag football.”

Bertrand cited a statement by Hamlin’s family saying they didn’t want anyone blaming or going after Higgins for what happened. Beetle said he didn’t get why folks would think it was Higgins’ fault.

“I don’t understand why anyone would get on the player for playing the sport of football,” he said. “Knowing he’s about to get hit there, knowing he’s about to be tackled. And he did he lowered his shoulder to get as many yards as possible.”

“I think we all looked for it when the hit first happened like wow what was so violent about it?” Bertrand continued. “Nothing. He hit him with a lot of force, but that’s football. It was a football play.”

Both Zolak and Bertrand brought up the fact that Bart Scott played in a different era of the NFL where there weren’t the kind of rules and calls you see incorporated into the game today. Bertrand figured maybe Scott didn’t do as good a job trying to explain his point without it coming off as blaming Higgins.

“I guess I could see if he’s just trying to explain why maybe the hit was unexpected for the defensive player,” Bertrand said. “But to say that it was somehow a play that needs to be regulated out of the game – he’s talking about calls and penalties – are you insane?”

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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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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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