Arizona Sports 98.7 chose to delete a part of a segment of Tuesday morning’s Doug & Wolf show from its podcast. During the five minute conversation, the hosts discussed the concept of white privilege and how the phrase doesn’t register with them.
Both Doug Franz and Ron Wolfley acknowledged they grew up poor. They agreed that those experiences made it hard for them to understand how there is privilege that they have experienced just because of the color of their skin.
“That’s a great way to turn me off of the conversation because there was nobody in my life telling me white privilege when I lived below the federal poverty line myself,” Franz said. “There’s nobody that said white privilege when I talked my landlord into letting me pay my rent in installments because I couldn’t afford a whole $250 a month. So I would send $125 at the beginning of the month when I got a paycheck and I would wait for my next paycheck and I would pay the other $125.”
To his credit, Franz said that he was willing to listen to other points of view and comments from Suns coach Monty Williams about the way black people are treated in America were “an eye-opener.” Franz even followed through on his promise to consider other viewpoints by posting some of the articles and arguments sent to him on Twitter with a message of thanks.
“I grew up poor, ladies and gentlemen, so I guess the conversation has got to be it’s not like white people are the only people on the face of the planet that are racists,” Wolfley added. “Right? I mean, can we agree on this stuff? This is where the conversation will be productive if we can all agree on the truth. It’s the truth that will set us all free.”
Despite the two hosts clearly misunderstanding the concept of white privilege, the conversation doesn’t seem combative and even included Franz expressing a desire to hear opposing points of view.
The Athletic reached out to find out the justification for why the segment was deleted from the Doug & Wolfe podcast. Bonneville management said no one from the station would comment.
Arizona Sports 98.7 isn’t the first station this week to erase evidence of a host’s controversial comments on issues of race. The Fan in Indianapolis chose not to post a podcast of the Jeff & Big Joe show from Wednesday where host “Big” Joe Staysniak claimed that the black community needed to decide to “stop being a victim.”
Women Downloading Sports Betting Apps Faster Than Men
“Mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year.”
The sports betting space saw a surge of new participants come into the realm last year. The fastest growing population? Women.
According to data compiled by Global Wireless Solutions, a mobile insights consulting firm, new female participation in the online sports betting market is nearly doubling the pace of their male counterparts. In their findings, mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year. New male users were up too from 2020, coming in at a 63% increase in 2021.
These very large spikes start to make the $4.3 billion made in sports betting revenue in 2021 seem like just the beginning.
Some of the numbers can be explained by the sheer volume of new available legal bettors. In 2021, five states launched online sports betting (Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Virginia and Wyoming).
This year stands to see even more of an increase with several more states implementing online sports betting (New York came online in January) and adding to their already legal retail offerings or at least deep into negotiations attempting such a feat as soon as possible.
Global Wireless Solutions also found the most effective sportsbook to bring new female users into the fold was by far and away FanDuel. That company signed up 1.7 million new female users while DraftKings attracted an estimated 900,000 new female customers. Men, according to GWS, still outpace women by 250% as a consumer base.
Mike Francesa: Chris Russo Will Be On My Podcast
“When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”
WFAN legend Mike Francesa is settling into his new podcast opportunity with BetRivers, and has left the door open for a reunion with his longtime colleague and friend Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.
Francesa was responding to questions on his show, with the newest episode out Monday, when he said he would be able to book Russo for an appearance down the road.
“Listen, I’ve gone on Dog’s shows a couple of times. I could definitely get Dog as a guest one time,” Francesa said.
The last time the two shared a stage and microphone was back in March at the BSM Summit. Francesa said he will make sure whenever Russo does come on, it will be at a time that makes the most sense.
“We will do that at an opportune time,” he said. “Maybe right before the football season or maybe late in the baseball season. When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”
Whenever the reunion happens, best believe it will be a must-listen. It will mark the first time the two have been on a podcast together.
Andy King To Lead Buchwald Agency’s Podcast Division
“The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.”
Veteran sports programmer Andy King is entering the podcasting world. He has joined the Buchwald Agency. He will help clients develop and sell podcast ideas.
King comes from SiriusXM, where he had been since 2015. He was the director of sports programming and helped create podcasts for the company featuring high profile talent including Let’s Go with Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald and Digging Up the Past with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.
Prior to joining SiriusXM, Andy King spent 15 years in Miami. Before leaving, he had risen to program director at 560 WQAM.
The Buchwald Agency largely deals with clients from the entertainment world. The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.