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Brendan Tobin: I’d Rather ESPN Ignore Dana White Than Handle it Like They Have

“They have covered this up and washed over it with the softest of soft.”

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UFC president Dana White has been the subject of scrutiny and backlash from fans on social media after video surfaced of him in a physical altercation with his wife Anne on New Year’s Eve.

Dana has since come out and publicly acknowledged his actions and apologized for laying his hands on his wife. Many have called for White to be disciplined as the face of the UFC for his actions.

ESPN, the UFC’s media partner, has covered the story but stopped short of echoing calls for White to face consequences. WQAM host Brendan Tobin said Thursday he thought The Worldwide Leader has put on the kid gloves when it comes to the story.

“I thought man Disney having this on them, I thought for sure was gonna be something that is going to lend to him getting punished,” Tobin told his co-host Leroy Hoard. “And it’s been the opposite. They have covered this up and washed over it with the softest of soft.”

“What they did was kind of just give him a pass and say he’s a friend,” Tobin added of the discussion on First Take about the story. “And I was thinking to myself man I would rather you just ignore it than say hey we touched on it and this is how we did it.”

Tobin definitely felt like given how White has stated publicly how the UFC views and handles domestic incidents in the past, it was a bit hypocritical for the same precedent to not be applied to White. He felt like there have been plenty of other examples in other sports where athletes find themselves out of a job for similar actions and ESPN has taken a stronger stance against it.

“For all the football players who have these incidents on tape, Leroy – Kareem Hunt, not with the Chiefs, Ray Rice, losing his NFL career – everybody is scared to go up there and say anything about it.”

Hoard questioned what consequences Dana should face.

“See we all think something should happen, that’s just the nature of what transpired, but what do you do?” he said. “You’re talking about the guy who’s the sole reason for you making money in the fight game.”

Tobin doesn’t want to see White fired, but he definitely feels like he should take a hiatus from being in the public light for the sport.

“I’m not saying Dana White’s gotta go away forever,” he said. “But we can’t act like this is nothing.”

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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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