As the National Basketball Association’s regular season draws closer, organizations are currently holding training camps to allow the players to meet one another, develop offensive and defensive schemes and practice their craft ahead of an 82-game schedule. The Philadelphia 76ers, however, are in the midst of a transitional period in their organization with a new head coach in Nick Nurse and impending trade request from guard James Harden.
During the offseason, Harden called 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey “a liar” and affirmed that he did not want to play for the organization any longer. With his implorement to be moved, it marks the third time in his 14-year NBA career that he has asked off a team, and he reportedly is looking to team up with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on the LA Clippers.
As it currently stands, the 76ers are in Fort Collins, Colo. for the opening stages of the camp and working out with limited media access and player availability. Nurse and his coaching staff wanted more privacy in the opening stages of the team’s new era as they aim to compete for an NBA championship.
Kate Scott, television play-by-play voice of the team, is cognizant of the fact that no one was sure if Harden would show up and the noise surrounding the team, part of the reason why she and other media members are keeping their distance. She appeared on The John Kincade Show Friday morning on 97.5 The Fanatic to explain how she was approached with the entreaty and to provide her thoughts on this year’s group.
“I said, ‘Yeah, I totally understand that,’” Scott recalled in a conversation, presumably with 76ers management. “‘Whatever helps you guys get off to the best start this season as possible, I’m happy to do that,’ so if that means three more days at home coming in to see you all on this Friday morning, I’m happy to do that.”
Many of the 76ers have endured similar situations throughout their careers, including head coach Nick Nurse. When Kawhi Leonard was first traded to the Toronto Raptors, he explicitly stated that he did not want to be there but would try his best to assimilate. Scott emphasized how despite Harden’s looming ask out, he and his teammates get along and interacted throughout the offseason. Kincade contextualized the situation through a media lens, thinking about how such a source of distress would theoretically cause him to grow upset.
“You could like somebody, though, as your radio counterpart – somebody you’re working with – but if they decided to sabotage your broadcast [or] your business, I don’t give a damn how much I like you,” Kincade said. “You’re screwing with me; you’re screwing with my livelihood.”
“I completely agree with that, and I think that is the difference so far,” Scott replied, referencing the situation involving guard Ben Simmons two years ago. “….If you’re showing up and you’re following coaches’ orders and you’re doing everything you need to do and you’re staying at the team hotel, you know.”
The 76ers open preseason play on Sunday, Oct. 8 when they face the Boston Celtics, which will be broadcast on ESPN and over the air on 97.5 The Fanatic. Regular-season action begins on Thursday, Oct. 26 against the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a national doubleheader. Scott and NBC Sports Philadelphia present its first game two days later when the Sixers face the Raptors at 7:30 p.m. EST/4:30 p.m. PST. Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic is the radio home for all 76ers games during the 2023-24 regular season and will also have all preseason and potential postseason action.
Shan Shariff: FS1 Has the Worst NFL Analysts
He noted that Skip Bayless, Craig Carton, and LeSean McCoy were the “dumbest” analysts for FS1.
FS1 has assembled a wide-ranging cast of former NFL players and pundits throughout its analyst, panelist, and host roles. That doesn’t mean they have earned the respect of 105.3 The Fan’s Shan Shariff.
During the Dallas morning show Tuesday, Shariff shared that in a recent interview with Awful Announcing, he named the three “dumbest” analysts when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys. He noted that Skip Bayless is the worst offender, while Craig Carton is third on his list behind LeSean McCoy. All three work for FS1.
A recent statement from McCoy caught the particular ire of Shariff, for arguing that Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, despite playing well recently and being viewed as an NFL MVP candidate, needs to play worse to see how he’ll respond to the adversity.
“I wanna see when he messes and how he responds,” McCoy said.
“I honestly think — I don’t know if he’s a clown or if he’s just not intelligent…he made zero sense,” Shariff said. “Everyone else on set was looking at him like ‘You want him to be worse and mess up so he can respond to that in order to get more MVP consideration?'”
“If he had said ‘I need to see Dak play well against good teams’, that’s a totally valid statement,” co-host RJ Choppy said. “This makes no sense.”
Shariff then brought up a recent statement from FS1’s Joy Taylor that argued Prescott can’t win the MVP due to his on-field play.
“This is like a two-and-a-half-minute clip. I don’t have the patience for or the tolerance for that,” Shariff said.
Co-host Bobby Belt responded by saying “She’s clearly on TV because of her football opinions,” which led Shan Shariff to say “Yeah, Thanks, Jason Taylor,” the older brother of Joy Taylor, who made the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a 13-year NFL career.
ESPN 1400 Coming to KGVL in Greenville, Texas
Greenville, Texas is 50 miles northeast of Dallas.
KGVL in Greenville, Texas is preparing to flip formats from oldies to sports radio with ESPN 1400 set to debut after Christmas.
After it wraps up airing Christmas music, the station will permanently air a sports format with ESPN Radio.
“While we have enjoyed bringing you classic hits for the last few years, we have an opportunity to bring something to Northeast Texas that we can’t pass up!,” a post to the station’s Facebook stage said. “Starting after the Holidays, we will become ESPN 1400! Not only will we bring you non-stop sports, but we will also carry LIVE sports like college football, NFL, NBA, MLB, and even CFP Bowl Games!”
Greenville, Texas is 50 miles northeast of Dallas. KGVL is a Class C, 1,000 watt station owned by E Radio Network. The station covers the majority of Dallas and the eastern portion of the Metroplex. It can also be heard on FM translators on 105.9 FM and 107.7 FM.
The news was first reported by RadioInsight.
Scott Van Pelt: ‘Say Yes Until You Earn the Right to Say No’
“You put as much on your plate; be a good earner for your employer…”
On Monday afternoon, the New York Jets made headlines when Dianna Russini of The Athletic reported that quarterback Zach Wilson was reluctant to reassume the starting role when asked by the team. Shortly after the report was promulgated, ESPN New York afternoon program, The Michael Kay Show, welcomed ESPN SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown host Scott Van Pelt for his weekly appearance on the show. When he was asked about the Wilson situation, he compared it to how those in the sports media business interact with management and earn credibility and prestige.
“Peter, you wear a lot of hats man,” Van Pelt said, addressing co-host Peter Rosenberg. “Your boss says, ‘Hey, we need you to come in and do this, that or the other.’ I always say to people in any business, ‘Say yes until you earn the right to say no.’ You put as much on your plate; be a good earner for your employer; and then at some point maybe you earn the right to say, ‘Listen, I’d rather not do this, but I’ve got you on all these other things.”
Show co-host Michael Kay hypothesized a scenario in which Van Pelt would tell ESPN management that he did not want to host Monday Night Countdown because of the injury to Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback Joe Burrow. For Scott Van Pelt though, he understands the position he is in and how there are other people that look at him with a sense of envy.
“This is where you could point out, ‘How many people would kill to do this?,’ and that’s what we hear in our business [is] ‘You know how many people would kill to do this?,’” Van Pelt said. “Of course, and we get all that, and we’re lucky people – all of us – we’re in the get-to job, not got-to.”
Scott Van Pelt brought up how there are likely listeners who work extremely hard and would be aghast and perplexed if they heard someone in sports media talking about how they did not want to go to work. Moreover, he referred to what Wilson reportedly said as “an indefensible position” as the segment concluded.
Earlier in the segment, Kay called it “bizarre” that the discussion was even being had about Wilson not wanting to return to the starting quarterback job after being relegated from the role two weeks ago. Co-host Don La Greca also added his perspective into the situation, addressing Kay about how he goes about his work as the play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees and working in other roles.
“Michael, you know in your life there’s probably lots of times you’d love to tell your boss, ‘Are you kidding me?,’” La Greca said, “but you still say ‘Yes’ because it’s your boss.”