FS1 host Shannon Sharpe’s incident last week at the Lakers/Grizzlies game made plenty of noise in the media over the weekend.
Sharpe apologized for how he acted on Monday’s edition of Undisputed.
On Monday’s Travis & Sliwa on ESPN LA, host Allen Sliwa, Mason & Ireland host Steve Mason and executive producer Greg Bergman reacted to Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks, who was chirped by Sharpe initially and said after the game he wondered why Sharpe wasn’t removed from the arena. Brooks also hinted that because celebrities are known to frequent those courtside seats in L.A., Sharpe got special treatment.
Mason said Sharpe absolutely got treated differently than any other fan who would try to cause a distraction or an altercation with a player.
“The difference is Shannon Sharpe is Shannon Sharpe,” Mason said. “It’s a town of stars, Shannon Sharpe is a well-known guy. First of all if that’s regular Joe fan guy involved in this, eject, right?”
As for it being an L.A. thing, Mason said he understood what Brooks meant. But he still felt like Sharpe should’ve been thrown out.
“We do sort of enjoy our stars, and we love to see them courtside, and we love their personalities,” he said. “I would eject the guy. I would’ve absolutely kicked him out of the arena.”
Bergman said Sharpe’s star factor (three-time Super Bowl champion and a hall of famer) played a role in how the whole thing was handled. But Sliwa noted that there wasn’t a playful element to the bantering.
“It wasn’t one of those situations where Shannon Sharpe is jawing at Dillon Brooks or Ja Morant, and they’re kind of going back and forth,” Sliwa said. “Shannon Sharpe was basically telling these guys ‘You want some of this, you come right here in front of me.'”
Mason said it was clear Sharpe was the instigator and star power shouldn’t have mattered. Security should’ve treated him like any other fan in these situations.
“One’s a fan and the other one is a player. There’s a difference,” Mason said. “I mean granted three-time Super Bowl champion and all that stuff, but right now just a civilian – with a fancy sweater.”
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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week
“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”
BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII.
Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.
The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.