Former FS1 personality Jason Whitlock appeared on 610 Sports in Kansas City on Wednesday morning. During a conversation with Fescoe In The Morning, the former Kansas City Star columnist was asked why he felt a move to Outkick the Coverage was right for his future. Whitlock explained that it went beyond writing columns and creating podcasts.
“I received an ownership stake in Outkick the Coverage,” Whitlock answered. “If you’ve never been to Outkick.com, we’re going to expand it and try to make it one of the most powerful media platforms in the country. We think we are going to have the best analysis of the sports world and society at large.”
Whitlock is currently living in Los Angeles, where he taped his FS1 show Speak for Yourself. He will relocate to Nashville in the coming months to be closer to his partners Clay Travis and Sam Savage.
Social media, a subject always in Whitlock’s crosshairs, was at the center of his first column for Outkick the Coverage. He told 610 Sports that athletes are using social issues and speaking out against racism as a way to score more social media influence.
“Social media just has them out over their skis,” he said, seeming to imply that athletes that take a stand don’t know what they’re doing. “Social media has them doing things that are not in their best interest.”
Following cues from social media, Whitlock says, is going to result in a drop in popularity for both players and leagues. In fact, Whitlock argued that rather than rely on social media to tell them how to handle player protests, the NFL shouldn’t even play the national anthem if it is planning to play with no fans in the stands anyway.
He argued that the only way to get sports back to being a fun distraction from the real world is for brands to stop putting so much value in social media influence.
“Social Media is the matrix,” Whitlock says, noting that Hillary Clinton and Sharknado were both propped up by social media in a way that didn’t reflect reality. “It’s not the real world. It’s not a reflection of the real world.”
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Mike Conti: ‘Appaling’ That ‘Some Creep’ Posted Bob Rathbun Video Online
“He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.”
Bob Rathbun, the television voice of the Atlanta Hawks, suffered a scary medical emergency on Monday night and it was captured on live television. The video then spread across the internet thanks to Twitter.
Mike Conti, the program director at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, is part of the station’s coverage of the Hawks. He admitted that when he saw the video, he had trouble getting in the right headspace to do the game.
“Bob’s a friend to all of us,” he said Tuesday morning as he talked to John & Hugh, the station’s morning show. “He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.”
Conti noted that he was not watching TV when the incident happened. He saw the video on social media and is not happy about that.
“Some creep decided to post the video online, which I thought was appalling, but I could not avoid the video. It came up on my Twitter.”
The video is indeed disturbing. Awful Announcing posted the video on Twitter Monday night, but deleted it after backlash from members of the Atlanta media.
Bally Sports Southeast issued a statement after the game saying that Bob Rathbun was treated for dehydration. Conti reported that he had spoken to Rathbun, who is expected to fully recover.
“He’s good. He’s okay,” Conti said. “I don’t want to say too much just to respect Bob’s privacy, but I think Bob would be okay with me saying Bob is okay.”