For roughly 20 straight weekends last fall, Travis made the cross-country trip from Nashville, Tennessee to the FOX Sports 1 studios in Los Angeles.
Even as FSI’s newest college football analyst for the network’s Saturday pre-game show, he still managed his widely regarded blog, Outkick The Coverage, and also performed radio for 15 hours a week on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone. On Saturday’s, he jumped over to NBC Sports for his weekend three-hour radio spot as well.
And yet, the erratic schedule — which he still maintains — is in part what drives the 35-year-old Nashville native. It’s a 180-degree change of pace from his former days as a litigator during the mid-2000s.
“It’s pretty wild sometimes,” said Travis, who had just returned from a week-long stay out in Los Angeles. “…It’s why sometimes I almost flip out when the Wi-Fi isn’t working well on my Southwest flights. I feel like I have to be able to use those four hours that I spend in the air to work. I’m kind of always on the go, but there are a lot of people that do that. It’s like anything else — it’s a balancing act.”
In 2006, Travis finally gave up his legal practice and turned his full attention to writing, earning just $100 for three articles a week on CBS Sports. In the same year, he traveled to all 12 SEC stadiums on his “Dixieland Delight” tour, with the end result being a comprehensive book from the fan’s perspective. He’s since become a one-man sports media personality following the launch ofOutkick The Coverage in 2011. Some may even call him his own “brand,” if you will.
While sitting in a Birmingham hotel room, Travis channeled his inner Jerry Maguire and drafted a mission statement for Outkick, the foundation for his continued success.
“I’ve always been fearless,” he said to his readers. “That’s why I can promise you this, at (Outkick) we will be smarter, faster and more entertaining than any of the major sports sites on the Internet. We’ll also be 10 billion % funnier. And we’re going to break news, lots of news.…But most importantly, we’re going to have fun.”
Through a combination of pop culture pieces, Johnny Manziel briefings, breaking news regarding SEC conference expansion, and the weekly mailbag distraction, Travis has turned Outkick, and in turn himself, into a multi-million dollar business that not only offers gear for its supporters but also continuing education (CLE) online sports credit for lawyers. The site garners upwards of two million unique readers a month as the ‘Official College Football Blog’ of FOX Sports. Needless to say, through the SEC corridor and even more so now after three years running, Outkick is one of the most visited college football sites on the web.
With writing, radio and now, television, Travis’ plate is pretty full. He credits his wife, Lara, for not only her career support, but arguably more importantly, for raising two sons while he’s on the road.
“I have an incredible wife,” Travis said. “She does what I could never do and handle a six-year-old and a three-year-old boy all day in addition to being pregnant. …That’s a tougher job than anything I do.”
While Travis admitted that he is “probably doing too much” in the sports media industry, he said he’d “rather be doing too much than not enough.”
“I’d just hate to have to choose to give up writing, radio or television,” he added. “They’re all different challenges, and I enjoy them all for different reasons. The only way to not work as much would be to give one of them up, and I’m not willing to do that.”
They’re three separate entities, but as Travis said, they all “feed off each other,” which makes his life easier when he transitions from one to the other throughout his workweek. With the assistance of Twitter and the 24-7 online news cycle, there is probably rarely a time when Travis doesn’t have a finger on the pulse of the happenings within the sports world.
“While I’m writing, I’m paying attention to all of the news of the day, which keeps me plugged in for radio,” he explained. “I can try out arguments or opinions on radio and see what kind of response I get, so that maybe I can turn a few things into articles. And then on television, it’s all about synthesizing that information.”
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Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”