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Paul Allen Says FOX Could Use USFL for NFL Relegation

“I think it would be amazing if we had that in one of our core four leagues.”

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The English football leagues are systematically organized in a manner where teams can be relegated or promoted based on the standards of play, ensuring leagues showcase teams consistently committed to winning. The topic came up Tuesday on Paul Allen’s show on KFAN. He talked about Everton FC, who was on the verge of finishing in the bottom three of the Premier League, meaning the team would be relegated to the English Football League Championship. Yet it avoided relegation with a 1-0 win on Saturday over West Ham.

“Everton is one of maybe three [or] four teams that have never been relegated,” the Minneapolis host said. “They’ve never been good enough to win the whole damn thing, [but] they’ve never been bad enough to be relegated. It’s kind of Minnesota Vikings-like in a way.”

With competitive integrity is an issue in various major American pro leagues. It takes many forms including teams “tanking” for draft picks or not investing the necessary funds. Allen believes it might be time to consider a system of this nature in the United States.

“I think it would be amazing if we had that in one of our core four leagues,” Allen said. “I’m not asking for an entirely new philosophical change, and it’s important to note that the way that ownership structure is set up. the way that TV deals exist; [and] the pure amount of money involved.”

According to Allen, there are teams in the National Football League that have consistently struggled and would be worthy of demotion to the United States Football League (USFL), an entity in which FOX Corporation holds a minority ownership stake. He hypothesized that the Birmingham Stallions could be promoted to the NFL for one year and be given a check worth a reported $321 million from national media rights.

“The Houston Texans or Chicago Bears going down to the USFL would not get that money,” He said. “Now what you have is you do not want to be relegated because you are losing out, in the NFL’s case, [on] that cool check that every owner in the NFL just received…. It’s not entirely pure profit, but keeping the lights on.”

Paul Allen then pointed to another, more recent example in the Oakland Athletics, a team destined for relocation to Las Vegas, Nev. and on pace for 30 wins over the 162-game season. Moreover, the team is last in attendance and garners the lowest payroll in the game, leading baseball fans and media members to question whether they are trying to compete for a championship.

“The Oakland A’s have relegated themselves – they’ve been awful for so long and we are all enamored and we glom on to Moneyball,” Allen said. “That franchise has been absolutely hideous almost nonstop since Moneyball days. As a matter of fact for the most part, they’ve been a feeder system for other teams.

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Kirk Minihane: The Rich Shertenlieb Show on WZLX ‘Is a Disaster’

“It would be like me going somewhere and doing a radio show about foreign languages or about religion. It doesn’t make any sense.”

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As one could most likely guess, former WEEI Boston sports radio talker Kirk Minihane is no fan of former 98.5 The Sports Hub host Rich Shertenlieb’s new morning show on classic rock station 100.7 WZLX.

Minihane explained the situation to his audience which led to Shertenlieb starting a new show on a music station, thus being the third sports morning show in the market. Minihane had said back in March his sources were telling him Shertenlieb would be doing the afternoon show on WEEI. That, obviously, did not turn out to be the case.

“Rich Shertenlieb is a radio producer, he shouldn’t be on the air, he’s a bits guy,” said Minihane.

The show played audio of the very beginning of Shertenlieb’s debut show which had some technical problems where music was playing over a sports report.

“This sounds like a college radio station,” Minihane said. “What the fu** is this? This is the beginning of Rich Shertenlieb saying ‘Hey, I’m going to war with you Fred Toucher? I’m getting paid to do a morning show in Boston. What is this?”

Minihane was even more harsh on some of the cast members Shertenlieb and the station have assembled, calling one of them “a moron” and saying another is “an awful person, terrible on the air.” “Everybody turned him down,” Minihane said before he declared, “That show is dead. That show has no chance. It is a disaster…It would be like me going somewhere and doing a radio show about foreign languages or about religion. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Minihane would later add, “They’re going to listen to that for a day and say ‘Oh this is like when Fred wasn’t here, and Rich had his own little planet.”

Another audio clip was played of Fred Toucher taking a shot at Shertenlieb on his morning show. To show he is an equal opportunity critic, Minihane offered about the clip from 98.5 The Sports Hub, “Hardy doesn’t work on that show. He feels uncomfortable. You can tell he doesn’t feel comfortable. What a feeling it’s gotta be if you’re Fred and you know that’s the show [you’re going up against].”

After discussing what he would do if he were to be hosting the third sports morning show in the market and how he would win the timeslot, Minihane said, “I would honestly rather blow my fu**ing brains out than sit with Ted Johnson and Charlotte Wilder and pretend to care about playing the Timberwolves or the Mavericks.”

Minihane later added his prediction for the show. “A year from now, the Rich Shertenlieb morning show will be 6th or 7th or 8th in the ratings. That’s a disaster.”

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Anthony Lima: Stephen A. Smith’s ‘Clown Show’ Brought More Interest to Watching Knicks-Pacers

“Do you think that’s maybe how ESPN could sleep at night, knowing that they might be building up interest in the game?”

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Social media was running wild over this past weekend about the way ESPN provided lopsided coverage of the Knicks-Pacers Game 7 in their second round. Earlier this week, Dan Patrick addressed the subject on The Dan Patrick Show, clips of which were played by Ken Carman and Anthony Lima on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland.

Patrick said he was “embarrassed for ESPN” about the slanted coverage. He added, “I don’t need a Stephen A. Smith arrival video, I don’t need a pep talk with him and Spike Lee. He doesn’t work for the Knicks; he works for ESPN. I was really surprised, and I didn’t care who won but after that I was rooting for the Pacers.”

Adding to what Patrick said Lima commented, “I saw Stephen A. Smith arriving like he was a wing for the New York Knicks. I mean that’s the only way I can say it. To me it was typical Stephen A. Smith stuff. I’m entertained by Stephen A. Smith”

As it related to the unbalanced coverage between the larger market Knicks and the smaller market Pacers, Lima said, “I think they’ve gone too far with the Knicks thing.”

He then wondered if the coverage was actually something ESPN might have wanted, trying to generate more interest in keeping people around to watch the game. “I do wonder though…Dan Patrick said, ‘I didn’t have any rooting interest until I saw that and then I was rooting for the Pacers,’ Lima said. “…Do you think that’s maybe how ESPN could sleep at night, knowing that they might be building up interest in the game? … Now, after seeing Stephen A. and that song and dance and him do the clown show and him play this character, that it made people more interested in watching the game and having that kind of buy in? … Now all of a sudden you have Pacers fans that weren’t Pacers fans before the broadcast. That is what the networks want to do, they do want to generate some emotional tie in.”

Lima continued, “Showing Stephen A. before the game, I thought was hilarious. But then, on the set, it was halftime, the Knicks were getting steamrolled…they go to the halftime show and Stephen A. is apoplectic, and then Michael Wilbon…it almost sounded like he was rooting for the Knicks. You just can’t have everybody rooting for the Knicks on your show.”

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SiriusXM Announces Broadcast Plans for 108th Indy 500

SiriusXM will co-sponsor three cars from the Meyer Shank Racing Team.

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SiriusXM has announced programming for the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500, which will take place on Sunday, May 26 with a scheduled green flag drop at 12:45 p.m. EST. As the field of 33 cars gets set to compete for the coveted Borg-Warner Trophy, SiriusXM will bring consumers wall-to-wall coverage from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Pre-race coverage will commence at 11 a.m. EST on SiriusXM INDYCAR Nation, channel No. 218, along with NBC Sports Audio on SiriusXM channel No. 85. Both platforms are available to subscribers nationwide both in their motor vehicles and on the SiriusXM App.

The broadcast outlet will air the live call of the race on Sunday, along with live coverage of the Indianapolis 500 Miller Lite Carb Day Practice session on Friday at 11 a.m. EST. After the practice session concludes, six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES race winner and 11-time Indianapolis 500 race participant James Hinchcliffe will host his podcast, Off Track with Hinch and Rossi, live outside the Pagoda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hinchcliffe’s co-host, Alexander Rossi, is part of the field within Sunday’s race. Leading up to the race, SiriusXM will also have a “Greatest Day in Motorsports” page on its app to access coverage for the Indianapolis 500 race and practices, along with driver interviews from media day and additional content.

SiriusXM will co-sponsor three cars from the Meyer Shank Racing Team in the Indy 500 field. The company colors will be present on car No. 60 (Felix Rosenqvist), No. 66 (Tom Blomqvist) and No. 06 (Helio Castroneves). Castroneves is racing to become the first driver to win five Indianapolis 500 races. On the day after the race, Diplo’s Revolution on SiriusXM channel No. 53 will broadcast live from the Indy 500 Coors Light Snake Pit. The station will have live performances from Gryffin, Sullivan King and Timmy Trumpet.

SiriusXM is running a Listen Free event from May 23 to June 4, which allows everyone to hear the SiriusXM INDYCAR Nation channel and SiriusXM’s Indianapolis 500 coverage without a subscription.

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