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Stacey Dales: I Don’t Think Charissa Thompson Would Admit to Fabricating Sideline Reports If She Had a Do-Over

“Everybody’s different and every coach is different.”

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Last week during an appearance on the Barstool Sports podcast Pardon My Take, FOX Sports and Amazon Prime Video host Charissa Thompson revealed that she used to fabricate sideline reports coming out of halftime. Thompson had divulged this practice in an earlier episode of her Calm Down podcast with Erin Andrews, who also admitted to doing the same thing when a coach would provide her insufficient information or if she did not want to throw the person under the bus.

Both reporters received excoriating backlash from colleagues and other industry professionals and later released statements on the matter, with Thompson stating that she had never lied or been unethical during her time as a sports broadcaster. The remark led to further reactions from people around the industry, claiming that her apology was insufficient and failed to understand the importance of the moment.

On Wednesday morning, NFL Network studio host and reporter Stacey Dales joined the Mully & Haugh morning program on 670 The Score, a former colleague of Thompson’s when she used to work at NFL Network. Morning host David Haugh explained that it was essential to ask her how she felt about what Charissa Thompson stated on the podcast and the subsequent insinuation and repercussions it has or could potentially cause. Haugh views Dales as a credible source of information who has been adept at creating context and reports information truthfully.

“When I heard the comments, my reaction was I was disappointed because I have such respect for the women in this industry because it’s really hard,” Dales said. “Especially whether you are a female that is grinding – and I love my male counterparts too by the way – it’s tough as a woman in this industry because it takes so long to become trusted and to become integrally trusted and to develop a foundation of trustworthiness.”

Dales added that she is a forgiving person and is cognizant of the fact that everyone makes mistakes. Having worked with Charissa Thompson in the past, she conveyed that the comments were alarming and assumed that the remarks took the conversation to a degree that Thompson was not planning.

“I think she was trying to imply in some respects that it’s really hard to get a coach at halftime or whatever it is to get a comment, but she took it to the wrong place,” Dales said of Charissa Thompson. “I think if she had a do-over, she wouldn’t do it again, [and] I just hope people understand how much integrity it takes to do this job and how, I can only speak for myself, but how diligent I prepare.”

Dales will be reporting from Detroit, Mich. for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers and outlined her preparation process ahead of the holiday showdown. For each game she is covering, she goes back two weeks to gather recent information about the teams and players and compiles a booklet that contains these materials, which includes self-transcribed interviews. Estimating that she will do 12 reports on Thursday morning from Detroit, Dales knows the information well enough that she would be able to fulfill her obligations by rote should she forget her notes.

“It’s almost in my memory bank to where I can sit in a bar with you and go, ‘Oh yeah, he told me this last week,’” Dales said. “That’s how deeply I prepare…. The notion that we make stuff up doesn’t register to me, and so I think if Charissa had a do-over she would.”

Throughout her years as a reporter for both NFL and NBA games, Dales says she can reference an innumerable number of instances where coaches did not want to converse with a reporter. When she was reporting for the NBA on TNT, Dales remembers being treated rudely by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, which led to colleagues at Turner Sports to call her and check if she was okay. Recently when NFL Network was in Germany, Dales remembers her colleague Sara Walsh having to interview Bill Belichick for an interview, something that she knew was a difficult task.

“Everybody’s different and every coach is different,” Dales expressed. “You’re dealing with future Hall of Fame coaches, and there’s a respect factor and a trust factor that’s really important.”

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Christian Fauria: I See the NFL “Icing Out” Broadcasting Partners

“If I’m the league, does it make more financial sense by selling off a game here, a game here, to five different partners and really trying to fleece them…making it realy competitive, and having them overpay. Or, to farm it out ourselves, like to really own everything ourselves.”

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Former NFL player Christian Fauria said on his WEEI show, Gresh & Fauria, that he believes the NFL will soon own and control their own television and streaming rights . Fauria and his partner, Andy Gresh were discussing the recent reports of Amazon Prime Video paying $120 million (or $150 million depending on which report you read) to stream one exclusive playoff game.

“It’s just one game and it’s $120 million dollars,” Gresh said. “I just go back to, this is where it’s going. At what point is the NFL tapped domestically?…I just wonder how do you extract more from the domestic marketplace? How do you find a way to squeeze more blood out of the rock? There are no more TV networks to go to. The streaming services are what they are, but at the end of the day, isn’t owning it yourself and going to pay-per-view the only real remaining revenue stream for the NFL here in America?”

Fauria said he sees the NFL potentially going all in. “If I’m the league, does it make more financial sense by selling off a game here, a game here, to five different partners and really trying to fleece them…making it realy competitive, and having them overpay. Or, to farm it out ourselves, like to really own everything ourselves. One platform that we own, that we regulate that we control and we can reach a world-wide audience and they all go to one particular [place]…one platform that everyone goes to and they pay a fee. Eventually, I see them icing out all their partners.”

Gresh took a different point of view, noting how desperate the networks will be to keep the NFL programming and all that would be involved if the NFL took over all of the broadcasting responsibilities. “I don’t think it’s going to get that deep because then the NFL would start to get in to paying production costs, flying people around, hiring crews. If the NFL just housed it on their own, they are then just incurring the expense that they have had the luxury of having someone else incur, on top of paying them a ton of money. To me, the only carve out can only be the Super Bowl and these sort of standalone deals.”

Fauria then added how he can not only see the NFL taking it all on themselves, mainly due to the owner’s greed, but added he can also see the addition of at least two more teams which would create more inventory for the league to sell. Gresh didn’t disagree about adding more teams, his belief, however is that adding the teams will continue to drive the price up for the broadcasting partners and the NFL may try different things with single games like the exclusively-streamed playoff game.

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KFC on WFAN: What Makes Barstool Sports Successful is the “Reality TV Aspect”

“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly.”

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Kevin Clancy, better known as ‘KFC’ from Barstool Sports, filled in for Boomer Esiason on WFAN this morning with Gregg Giannatti. The two hosts discussed the feuding going on between members of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls as some players, most notably Scottie Pippen, are disputing some of what was said in The Last Dance back in 2020.

They compared the situation to some of what they face at their offices, noting they spend a lot of time with their co-workers, who aren’t members of their family or in most cases their best friends and drama can sometimes ensue. “Barstool has taken that office drama to a level that no one else has achieved,” Giannotti said to KFC. “When we do stuff like that here [at WFAN], it’s very rarely serious. The drama that you guys have, it’s real and it’s out there and that’s got to be a really difficult thing to deal with if you’re not prepared for it.”

“We usually refer to it as “being in the mud,” Clancy responded. “And there’s only certain people that can really live in the mud…It’s part of what made Barstool successful, is that reality TV aspect of it in that it is kind of like a team, and there is internal drama like clubhouse drama, locker room drama and the way we usually handle that is let’s do it out there and on the air.”

KFC talked about being a fan of WFAN and seeing it from the outside looking in. He said as a listener you could sense who was not a fan of certain people. He used the example of the feuds which would take place between Mike Francesa and Craig Carton and then the subsequent feuds Giannotti found himself in with “The Pope” when he took over for Carton.

“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly,” KFC said about Barstool Sports. “We will probably fight each other more than anything, but then when there’s an outside problem, we close ranks and we are like, let’s handle business.”

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Gow Media Parts Ways With Sports Map Radio Program Director Craig Larson

“With Larson exiting, Gow Media will make another change, tapping into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations.”

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It’s been a tough week in Houston for Gow Media. First, the company made cuts to ESPN 97.5, parting ways with the midday team of Joshua Beard, Michael Connor and Andrew Carlson. Then yesterday, the company informed longtime network program director Craig Larson that he too was unfortunately a budget cut casualty.

Larson had been with Gow Media since the company acquired the Sporting News Radio network in 2010. He started with Sporting News Radio as a producer in Illinois, moving next to Los Angeles to take on programming duties for the network before relocating to Houston to lead the outlet following David Gow’s acquisition of the brand.

During the fourteen years that Larson managed the network, it’s gone through a few changes. Gow elected to change the identity from Sporting News Radio to Yahoo Sports Radio in 2011. That was followed by rebrands to SB Nation Radio and its current name, Sports Map Radio.

With Larson exiting, Gow Media will tap into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations. The two groups have already been working together. This just gives the sports betting network an even bigger push. It also helps Gow stand out better in a crowded national sports radio marketplace.

As for Larson, this is his first trip to free agency in nearly a quarter century. When reached by BSM, he acknowledged that his time with the company had come to an end. He added, ‘It was an amazing 14 years in Houston. I’m proud of the work we put in, and there’s no better person in the world to work for than David Gow.’

Those interested in chatting with Larson about future possibilities can reach him at [email protected].

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