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Michael Kay on NFL Sunday Ticket Case: ‘What Are We Suing About?’

“If this becomes a thing, then everybody’s not going to get the same money.”

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A federal jury issued a verdict on Thursday that orders the National Football League to pay $4.7 billion in damages, finding the league liable in the class action lawsuit surrounding NFL Sunday Ticket. This ruling could lead to changes in the way the NFL broadcasts, although a spokesperson for the league said in a statement that the league plans to appeal the ruling. U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez will hear post-trial motions for the case on July 31 and has the ability to forsake the ruling of the jury. Michael Kay, during The Michael Kay Show in afternoon drive on ESPN New York on Thursday, spoke about the ramifications that the ruling could have.

Kay cited reporting from Spotrac explaining that while the dollar amount could draw headlines, which is tripled under federal antitrust law, the news embedded within the decision is that fans could soon be able to purchase single-team streaming packages. Moreover, blackout restrictions may no longer be part of the equation as well, potentially setting a precedent for other professional sports leagues. After 28 years distributing NFL Sunday Ticket, the out-of-market viewing package moved from DirecTV to YouTube/YouTube TV in a deal reported to be worth $2 billion over seven years.

“This is a huge win for the Cowboys, and although Jerry Jones testified in the trial and said he didn’t want this to happen, the Dallas Cowboys, whether you hate them or not, they’re the most popular team in the NFL,” Kay said. “If he sold his Dallas Cowboy games alone, he’s going to make billions of dollars, and it’s going to affect teams like the Cincinnati Bengals where they don’t have nearly the following, so this could upset the entire NFL apple cart right now – this one lawsuit.”

Co-host Peter Rosenberg explained that he would only subscribe to Washington Commanders games and watch the local games. While some people would want every game, partially because of sports betting and gambling, fans may be afforded the option to choose how they want to subscribe. Rosenberg articulated that he could see a package where someone pays for a few teams or a division, but feels that the league was always ripping consumers off on was the inability to purchase games à la carte.

“If I’m a Cowboy fan in New York, I might not buy as many games as say a fan of Cincinnati because if I’m in New York, they’re going to play the Giants twice, they’re going to be on Monday Night Football three times, they’re going to be on Sunday Night Football, they’re going to be on Thanksgiving,” co-host Don La Greca said. “Half the games are available for free.”

Rosenberg believes that the ability to buy individual games would work best for marquee teams other than the Cowboys, including the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers. La Greca believes that buying games à la carte would work but that it would put several channels out of business and affect the balance of power in the league. The NFL currently splits its media revenue and distributes it among the 32 franchises.

“But that’s why in a league that’s essentially socialism, that’s why they’re ahead of baseball because baseball’s a regional sport where the Yankees could make the most money and they put them at an advantage over the Rays, but everybody gets the same money TV-wise in the NFL,” Kay said. “If this becomes a thing, then everybody’s not going to get the same money.”

Kay questioned the rationale behind the lawsuit, estimating that the Cowboys could charge $200 just to watch individual games throughout the season. When he asked about the price of NFL Sunday Ticket, he was informed that it was $400 for the year. In reality, YouTube TV currently charges $349 for the annual package of NFL games. Utilizing the $400 figure, however, he stated that it was an “unbelievable deal” for the amount of content the consumer is receiving.

“It’s not like the NFL charges you serious rates,” Kay said. “If it was like thousands of dollars, I get it. $400? What are we suing about? If you get individual teams, you know how much they’re going to charge? They’re going to make it back.”

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Chris ‘Mac’ McClain Celebrates 20 Years at WFNZ

“It is something to behold that in this day and age, someone can, in a market that’s growing, and a lot of changes happen all the time, that you have [stood] the test of time.”

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Congratulations go out to WFNZ host Chris ‘Mac’ McClain who is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the radio station. McClain and co-host Travis “T-Bone” Hancock handle the morning shift for the sports station in Charlotte and have done so for 15 of those 20 years.

“I would’ve forgotten,” McClain said at the start of their show as Hancock started to get into what would happen on the show in his honor which included special call-ins, stop-ins and even a song that was made.

“It is something to behold that in this day and age, someone can, in a market that’s growing, and a lot of changes happen all the time, that you have [stood] the test of time. Your career is longer than 20 [years], I want to let people know you are at what 26 or 27 overall?

“There was another early career that we don’t even know exactly what was going on with ‘Jacksonville Mac’ and ‘Sirius Mac,’ but 20 years here and I think the building and the listeners are excited. In this building the last seven years, we have not celebrated a whole lot. We have lost two bosses unexpectedly…there hasn’t been a whole lot of ‘hey, let’s have a day and honor someone doing something that needs to be honored.’ It’s all about you. I think it’s also about the fact that we as an audience, we as your co-workers we just kind of want to celebrate something awesome.”

McClain then shared, “I started on this day, July 12th in 2004 and I never would’ve thought, Bone, that I would be here in 20 years. That wasn’t the way radio worked. I worked at a Baltimore station when I was in college…then I went to CBS Sportsline…then Jacksonville…SiriusXM…my first 8 years, I worked at three different places.”

He then added, “And there couldn’t be a better place to live for 20 years. I love this freakin’ city.”

Hancock, who joined the station about a year later than McClain as an intern, then wondered, “Where would I be if our partnership didn’t hit?”

When BSM profiled the show in 2022, McClain said about working with Hancock, “Somehow Bone’s still dealing with me. We went through so many interns. He’s one of my best friends, to think we spend all this time together, to think that he ends up elevating to being the co-host of the show. He’s improved so much, grown up so much since we started.”

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Gregg Giannotti: Either Brendan Burke or Rickie Ricardo Have to Call Yankees Playoff Games

“I know Ricki and Brendan Burke in those situations would deliver, I don’t know if the other guys would.”

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The New York Yankees and WFAN have a big decision to make before the start of the next baseball season. The question, of course, is who they will choose to be the full-time replacement for John Sterling as the Yankees radio play-by-play announcer. That topic came up today for a bit of a different reason during Boomer & Gio on WFAN with Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti.

“I was thinking,” Giannotti started out. “Let’s just assume for a second that the Yankees do end up in the postseason and they don’t completely fall off the face of the earth. Next time I see Ryan Hurley and ‘The Architect’ (Chris Oliviero) I am going to ask them, ‘How are you going to determine who is calling these playoff games? Who is the person that gets the playoff games?’ I don’t think you can alternate during the playoffs.”

“Probably the cheapest guy,” said Esiason, which was followed by discussion about which one that might be and if Ricardo might be getting additional pay when he fills in on the English broadcasts.

“This is the playoffs and yes, we know that frugality rules in media these days,” said Giannotti. “I still think that if they’re in the playoffs, they gotta go with the guy that they think is best, regardless of the money situation. Especially because it could be just a handful of games. Now it could be a run to the World Series, or it could be a handful of games.”

“There also could be memorable calls and you’re going to want the guy on there that you feel is going to give you the best call possible,” said Esiason.

All of the conversation led to Giannotti to give his full opinion on the matter.

“Alright, so this is my take,” he said. “You got two young guys [Justin Shackil and Emmanuel Berbari] who are working their asses off and there’s no two ways about it and they’re doing a nice job, and I am rooting for them…However, when you get into the playoffs, you could have potentially one of the moments that will be in the memories of Yankees fans forever. Could happen in the playoffs…You have to have either Brendan Burke or Rickie Ricardo making that call, that’s what I think. Because I think those guys, they are just more seasoned at this point, and I believe in a playoff scenario you gotta count on them.”

He would later add, “If I had to choose between one or the other, I would have, this postseason, it would be Ricki Ricardo. Now, going forward and full-time, I would look into Brendan Burke and his availability.”

Esiason said, “I do know how important the Spanish broadcast is for the Yankees, and [Ricardo] is the lead guy and all year long, with the exception of a handful of games, he has been the lead voice on that part of the broadcast. I think you’re doing a disservice to your Spanish listening audience by removing the voice of Spanish Yankees radio.

“If you start off next year and you decide Ricki is your guy, then Ricki is your guy. But this year, I feel like he is so important to that audience. You’re asking me my opinion, so I would not consider him for the English broadcast because of how important that broadcast is and how good he is on that broadcast.

“I will say that if they do decide to go with either Emmanuel or Justin, it’s a big moment for them and it may solidify their future if you think about it that way.”

“I know Ricki and Brendan Burke in those situations would deliver, I don’t know if the other guys would,” replied Giannotti.

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Paul Skenes Learns He Will Start the All-Star Game Live on The Dan Patrick Show

“We will always have this, Paul. We did it. We got you on the All-Star team as the starting pitcher.”

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The Dan Patrick Show had a big-name guest on today in Pittsburgh Pirates rookie phenom Paul Skenes. The show not only had him, but they had him the day after he threw seven no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts before being pulled from the game. The interview was made even bigger when Diamondbacks manager Torey Luvollo called in to announce live on the show that Skenes would be the National League starter for the All-Star game next week.

Patrick’s producer Todd Fritz notified him in the middle of the interview that Luvollo was on the line and Patrick said, “Torey is the National League All-Star manager. Hey, what’s up?…I’m conducting an interview here, what’s going on?”

With that, Luvollo made the announcement live on the show saying, “Paul… I just wanted to congratulate you; I’ve chosen you to be the starter for the National League in the 2024 All-Star Game. I’m really, really excited for you. It’s an unbelievable honor and one that is so well deserved.”

After a round of applause, Skenes said, “Thank you, sir that’s unbelievable, that’s awesome,” although he said so without much emotion and barely smiled as he said it.

“So well deserved and we are super excited to make this announcement,” Luvollo continued. “You represent so many great things that this game craves. It is such a great story the way you have come on the scene and done it with such humbleness, it’s noticeable.”

After a few minutes, Patrick said, “It’s awesome you called in, thank you Torey.” He then said to Skenes, “Well, how about that?”

“That’s cool, that’s really cool,” Skenes said, again without much emotion. He would later add, “That was pretty dang cool…That was a surprise, I wasn’t expecting that.”

Skenes thanked Patrick for having him on and for sharing the moment with him, to which Patrick said, “We will always have this, Paul. We did it. We got you on the All-Star team as the starting pitcher.”

After the interview, Patrick congratulated Fritz for pulling this off and explained that he was not certain if this was actually going to happen until Lovullo called in. “And thank you to MLB,” Patrick said. “I just said, ‘Todd, ask them if they are going to announce it, do they have a press conference and if they don’t, can they join us?’ …And Torey, thank you, great sport to be able to take time. I wasn’t sure and then Todd goes, ‘Torey Lovullo is on the phone’…And then I put it together, it was like oh, he is the National League All-Star manager, alright.”

Hilariously, as Patrick and company talked about Skenes’ lack of emotion for a few minutes, he noticed Skenes was still sitting on the Zoom and had not clicked off the interview. Patrick ended up bringing him back on and officially letting him know the interview had ended.

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