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SiriusXM & NHL Extend Agreement

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SiriusXM, SiriusXM Canada and the National Hockey League today announced they have extended a multi-year agreement to offer SiriusXM subscribers across North America live game broadcasts through the 2021-22 NHL season, and together will provide even more hockey coverage accessible to more subscribers than ever before.

SiriusXM will continue to broadcast live NHL games across North America from the pre-season through the Stanley Cup Final. In addition to play-by-play broadcasts, SiriusXM NHL Network Radio will continue to offer in-depth coverage including news and events from around the League; player, coach and executive features; as well as game analysis and interviews from the most recognized hockey broadcasters in North America.

This season, NHL games and the SiriusXM NHL Network Radio channel will be available to more subscribers than ever before and will be accessible on all radios with SiriusXM’s most widely distributed subscription package. Those subscribers with a SiriusXM All Access plan will continue to have access to all NHL programming on the SiriusXM app and online at SiriusXM.com and SiriusXM.ca.

“Our long-standing partnership with SiriusXM has always been focused on making the game accessible to fans,” said John Collins, NHL Chief Operating Officer. “Our expanded partnership will ensure we can continue to deliver fans across North America more programming and more games – from pre-season puck drop to the final buzzer – for years to come.”

“NHL fans have extraordinary passion for the game and their teams.  We are very pleased to renew and expand on our relationship with the League to continue providing those fans with a level of coverage that matches their passion,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “Nobody provides more live NHL audio content – including games and in-depth talk – than SiriusXM, and now more of our subscribers will have access to that programming than ever before.”

“We look forward to working with the NHL to bring our listeners across North America the ultimate hockey experience through our coverage,” said Mark Redmond, President and CEO, Sirius XM Canada. “We are excited that the NHL will now be co-producing SiriusXM NHL Radio with us, which will result in even better programming than what our listeners have grown to love. The exclusive NHL content, along with easy access to full-time NHL coverage and live game play-by-play, is an offering that hockey fans can’t get anywhere else.”

The extension of the broadcast agreement with the NHL is part of SiriusXM’s comprehensive coverage of major sport leagues, including the NFL, NASCAR, MLB, NBA, PGA TOUR and much more.

Full details of NHL programming on SiriusXM and the 2015-16 broadcast schedule will be available at www.siriusxm.com and www.siriusxm.ca before the beginning of the NHL season this fall.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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