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Colin Cowherd: World Cup Style NBA Would Get Ratings
“All the NBA should focus on according to Cowherd is getting back on the court and crowning a champion.”
Colin Cowherd has never been shy about encouraging sports fans to throw out their preconceived notions about how leagues have to operate. The FOX Sports Radio host continued that trend on Tuesday encouraging all sports entities to learn from what Turner and the sport of golf just did with The Match.
“We just just watched two old quarterbacks play golf. Charles Barkley commented. It got 6 million viewers, double what Tiger Woods got last time on a Friday at the Masters. Schticky in 2020 works.”
The latest schticky proposals to bring live sports back comes from the NBA. The league is reportedly considering taking its top 20 teams, organizing them into groups of five, and then playing a round-robin first round of the playoffs, similar to the World Cup. After that, the top two teams in each group would advance to a traditional eight team playoff.
“I love it,” Cowherd said. He noted that if the NBA followed the World Cup model to the letter, the draw alone to see how teams are aligned would be an event in and of itself.
To fans that say such a unique path to a championship should be saddled with an asterisk, Cowherd says that the league has already experienced a surreal season. He pointed to the deaths of both Kobe Bryant and David Stern, the controversy surrounding Rockets’ GM Darrly Morey and China, and a pandemic shutting down the season. Not much could be weirder than that. All the NBA should focus on according to Cowherd is getting back on the court and crowning a champion.
Cowherd went on to say that the regular season is already irrelevant. Ratings were a constant concern. Innovating in a way that would guarantee multiple match ups of the league’s top stars could reverse that.
“I think it’s smart. I think it’s interesting. And ask yourself this: Would you rather see LeBron & Lakers play Memphis in the first round or Rockets twice, Heat twice, Zion & Pelicans twice. I’ll take that one.”
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Fred Toucher Updates His Vocal Condition
“No one wants to go on the IR, but I realize that radio is a physical game and it’s what you sign up for when you put on those headphones every morning.”
Boston sports radio listeners are not hearing as much from Fred Toucher these days. The morning man on 98.5 The Sports Hub has been dealing with voice issues since the beginning of the year. Anyone that has listened can hear the difference and there are days he has had to bow out of Toucher & Rich entirely.
Toucher missed two days this week. On Friday, his partner Rich Shertenlieb took to the station’s website to tell people what he knows.
“I feel awful for him because he’s truly and believe me when I say this, he is doing everything he can to get his voice back,” Rich wrote. “And if you work in our industry, there’s nothing more infuriating than not having your voice. Now, from everything he’s told us so far, it’s it’s nothing serious medically. It’s just sometimes crap like this can happen. He’s once again getting it looked at.”
He told the audience that he asked Fred Toucher if there is anything specifically he wants the audience to know. Toucher responded with a statement.
“No one wants to go on the IR, but I realize that radio is a physical game and it’s what you sign up for when you put on those headphones every morning,” he wrote. “I’m just pushing through my throat rehab right now, getting a little stronger after each session. I want to thank Coach Radzik for the support.
“Of course, Rich and the boys continue to do tremendous work. My family for all having my back. But most of all, hail zuse (sic) the God of gods. And the reason we have not been eaten alive by the troll people.”
Fred Toucher has not discussed the specifics of his condition on air. Shertenlieb wrote that Toucher has referred to his recent setback as “acid reflux”. There is no timetable for his full-time return.
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Ed Egros Added to BetQL Daily
“I am thrilled to be able to move the sports betting conversation forward and have a strong group to do it with.”
Congratulations are in order for Ed Egros. He is joining the BetQL Audio Network. He will be part of BetQL Daily every weekday.
“Ed has become a leading voice on sports betting and analytics over the course of his career and we’re pleased to add him and his perspective to our weekday ‘BetQL Daily program’ alongside Joe and Erin,” Mitch Rosen, Vice President of Audacy’s BetQL Network said in a press release. “Through his wealth of experience in sports reporting and analysis, Ed will provide valuable insights to our listeners as they make their betting decisions, while using his expertise to break down games, analyze players and teams, and provide valuable betting tips, strategies and Wagertainment.”
Egros comes to BetQL from the NFL where he worked for the NextGen Stats team on digital content before and after games. His career has also taken him to Alabama and Dallas as a local reporter and to Bally Sports and FanDuel on the national stage.
“I could not be more excited! To join an established show with two of the more talented pros in the business in Erin and Joe is an opportunity I wholeheartedly embrace,” said Ed Egros. “It has always been a professional dream of mine to have a platform to combine my loves of sports analytics and sports betting. I am thrilled to be able to move the sports betting conversation forward and have a strong group to do it with.”
BetQL Daily airs every weekday at 9 am Eastern. Egros makes his debut on the show on April 3. He will join co-hosts Joe Ostrowski and Erin Hawksworth.
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Mike Bell: Clark Kellogg is ‘the Valedictorian in Class With 2 Delinquents’
“I’ve never heard it quite described that way,” Kellogg responded laughing.
There are just three more games before the end of the college basketball season, and with it the annual crossover between the CBS NCAA and the TNT NBA studio teams will also conclude.
On Thursday, CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg joined Dukes & Bell on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta live from radio row at the Final Four in Houston, and Kellogg said the busy TV schedule comes with the territory.
“It just happens to be that’s the way it unfolds during this time of year with Warner Bros. Discovery and CBS being partners since 2011 for the tourney,” Kellogg said. “I’m grateful to have a chance to sit where God has graced me to sit and be part of a sporting event that’s as special as we have on the sports calendar.”
The yearly meeting of the basketball personalities always makes for some entertaining studio segments with Kellogg and the TNT NBA studio guys. Co-host Mike Bell told Kellogg he stands out among guys like Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.
“I always get the impression when I watch that it’s like high school. And you’re in a room, and you’re like the valedictorian of your class and you got the two delinquents with Kenny and Charles,” Bell said.
“I’ve never heard it quite described that way,” Kellogg responded laughing. Clark said it’s all love when everyone is together.
“It’s obvious that we have a great time,” he said. “There’s mutual respect across the board with us on the air.”
“It’s as fun as it appears to be and even more so when we’re not on camera because we’re talking hoops and busting each others chops and having a great time,” Kellogg added.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.