Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb applauded NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his statement concerning NFL players and National Anthem protests on Monday’s edition of The Doug Gottlieb Show.
“Roger Goodell basically said, ‘my bad we were wrong’,” Gottlieb said. “You and I could admit to mistakes, both major and minor. But when you are a man in your 50’s who is worth over 100 million dollars and you are running the most successful sport in the country, maybe the world, you don’t have to make a statement or even say you are wrong. But to offer up that you were wrong on something that you took a hard and fast stance on, I think is a pretty big breakthrough moment.”
Goodell’s statement reads: “We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.
“We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.”
Later in the show, Gottlieb addresses critics who say the NFL was too late in reversing course on protests.
“It’s never too late to say I’m sorry or my bad,” Gottlieb said. “For the most powerful man in all of sports to look into the camera and say that, I think people are massively underselling how big of a moment that was.”
Gottlieb’s FOX Sports Radio colleague Dan Patrick is more cynical of Goodell’s statement, however.
“I think the commissioner, after reading what Drew Brees had to say, reacted to that,” Patrick said on his show.
Patrick then references Dan Wetzel’s column for Yahoo Sports that says:
“If this is real, then it’s a clear sign that the NFL believes public sentiment on the issue of anthem protests specifically, and social justice in general has dramatically shifted. This isn’t the NFL leading. The NFL never leads. This is the NFL following where it believes the money will be, if not immediately, then over the next couple of decades. Flags, American or otherwise, tend to show which way the wind is blowing.”
“I think this is the NFL saying let’s ride Drew Brees’ coattails on this,” Patrick added. “Drew Brees took the courage to say I was wrong. While it’s not wise to dismiss the commissioner’s comments, their true meaning will be revealed by the league’s actions in the coming weeks, the coming months and the coming years.”
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Tobin and Leroy Debut on WQAM Middays
“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”
After a brief hiatus and the closure of 790 The Ticket, Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard officially returned to the Miami airwaves on Monday on 560 WQAM.
Tobin and Leroy debuted in its new midday timeslot of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the station.
Tobin added that the timing between when they made their exit from The Ticket and returned on WQAM was a bit off.
“It was a very weird week for us to take off last week. Because they were like, ‘Hey, you’re change times, you’re gonna change stations, and also it’s gonna be the busiest sports week of the year,'” he said. “So now we’re back, and nothing will happen this week.”
“There has been less action on days we thought we had to be here than what happened last week,” Hoard added.
Hoard actually arrived to the show late, citing traffic issues getting to the station. That was something even Tobin noted is an adjustment they have to make from when they were doing morning drive.
“We’ve all discovered here today is traffic is not the same at 8 a.m. as it is at 4 a.m.,” he said. “Very different.”
Tobin made sure WQAM listeners knew that even though they switched stations, the show isn’t changing. They continued with all the usual segments that fans know and love on Monday.
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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak
“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.
There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.
97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.
“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.
Rhyner went on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.
After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.
97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.
The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.
“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.
Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games
“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.
Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.
“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”
Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.
“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”