Just over 13 months after exiting 101 ESPN, Kevin Wheeler has taken to Twitter to announce that he is staying in St. Louis. He will head to Entercom’s KMOX, where he will be a part of the station’s sports department.
Wheeler will be the go to sports guy on the station’s afternoon show. He will also host Sports Open Line weeknights beginning at 6.
KMOX has held a steady sports presence in the market for a long time. It is currently the flagship station of the St. Louis Cardinals. The team and the station have been in business together since 1926 (minus a few years apart when the team jumped to KTRS) when KMOX carried the World Series that year between the Cardinals and New York Yankees.
The station has also been the flagship of the St. Louis Blues for the majority of the NHL franchise’s life. KMOX lost the Blues play-by-play rights before the 2019-2020 season. Those games now air locally on 101 ESPN.
Jay Glazer Talks Anxiety Struggles on ‘The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz’
“Every single time you’ve seen me on Fox NFL Sunday from 2005 on, I’ve had a massive anxiety attack before the first segment.”
Jay Glazer of Fox NFL Sunday appeared on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz Thursday to discuss his mental health struggles, specifically pertaining to anxiety.
Glazer explained that back in 2005 an anxiety attack hit him out of nowhere at the Oakland Raiders’ stadium. Since then, he’s dealt with them on a consistent basis.
“Every single time you’ve seen me on Fox NFL Sunday from 2005 on, I’ve had a massive anxiety attack before the first segment,” he told Le Batard.
Glazer continued to explain that 2005 was a time when people were not necessarily discussing mental health as they have in recent years.
“I had to go at it alone,” said Glazer.
Many of Glazer’s colleagues were oblivious to his ongoing struggles and only became aware of them as recently as a few days ago. Once his fellow broadcasters and analysts, such as Michael Strahan, realized what Glazer had been going through, they asked him why he never brought it up to them.
“Because I didn’t want to bring down your guys’ day,” he admitted.
Anyone familiar with the Fox NFL Sunday show realizes that Glazer has had a long list of anxiety attacks if they have happened before every show.
So how does Glazer get through it?
“What you’ll see from me is I’ll try and crack a joke, or smile, or something along those lines because that gets me through it,” he said. “The faster I can laugh, the faster I can get through it.”
Greg Olsen Wishes He Could’ve Called a Broadcast For This NFL Postseason
“You want the marquee primetime night games during the regular season. You want playoff games. You want games that matter.”
As Troy Aikman’s contract with Fox is set to expire at the conclusion of the NFL Playoffs, the color analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback is undoubtedly a highly sought-after free agent in sports media.
While Aikman has not ruled out a return to Fox, he recently suggested there is a chance Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams could be his final matchup in the Fox booth. There’s a possibility that Aikman could leave Fox to call games exclusively on Amazon’s new Thursday Night Football package with Al Michaels, the current play-by-play announcer on NBC Sunday Night Football. If Aikman were to leave Fox, the question then becomes who would be his replacement as Joe Buck’s new broadcast partner.
On Friday morning, The Mac Attack‘s Chris McClain and Travis Hancock spoke on the NFL playoffs and Carolina Panthers’ offseason with former NFL tight end Greg Olsen on WFNZ 610 AM in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Olsen started working as a Fox NFL color analyst full-time this season after occasionally calling games while an active player for the Panthers. Since going into broadcasting following his retirement from football in 2020, Olsen has received positive reviews. According to McClain and Hancock, he could be an ideal choice to join Buck in the booth.
“Olsen could end up somewhere in a front office down the line, but he’s doing a phenomenal job in TV,” said Hancock. “With the way he explains stuff [and] the way he talks [about] the game, if Troy Aikman does leave for Amazon and doesn’t do the Amazon-Fox double, Greg Olsen’s a natural number one with Joe Buck as well. I know that [Sean] Payton’s been named, but come on – Greg Olsen could very easily be their number one.”
Olsen has respect for Payton, who stepped down as head coach of the New Orleans Saints earlier this week and is reportedly contemplating an entry into sports media, whether in radio or television, in studio or in the booth. At the moment, Payton is not sure what is next for his football career, but Olsen knows from his experience playing against him that he was a savant of the game.
“I obviously had a lot of respect for his football mind and what he was able to do with those guys there,” said Olsen. “I understand from a fan standpoint, you always hate whoever you feel like is your enemy, but from the field I always liked competing against guys like that because they brought a good energy to the game.”
Olsen also talked about not being able to call any playoff games this year for Fox due to the way the schedule of broadcasting rights fell. Despite this, he looks forward to being on the mic for the big games down the road as his career in sports media continues.
“I’ve been sitting there watching every other network call multiple games,” explained Olsen. “Those are the games everybody wants. You want the marquee primetime night games during the regular season. You want playoff games. You want games that matter. That’s what every broadcaster really wants.”
Sports Betting Rise Making Impact on Fans’ Viewing Experience
“You can’t watch a sporting event without a commercial break being PointsBet, MGM, Caesars SportsBook, whatever it is.”
With sports betting becoming legal in more states such as New York, it has the potential to affect how people view sporting events. However, that may not exactly be the case.
Peter Kafka addresses the sports betting rise on his Recode Media podcast with the latest edition titled “Game on: Behind the sports betting boom.” His guests on the show were Action Network CEO Patrick Keane and Sports Illustrated writer Richard Johnson.
While sports gambling ads for Caesars SportsBook, DraftKings, and FanDuel keep popping up during games, it might be only something that happens in bulk when states start to allow legalized sports betting. As Keane notes, the NFL can only show so many ads in a game:
“I wouldn’t say it’s going to be for the rest of your life,” he said. “What you see is massive infusion of investment when a state goes mobile legal. When the state is mobile, that’s when you start to see the Caesars SportsBook, DraftKings, FanDuel that you see a lot on television. The NFL has a mandate that you can only show six of those ads during a game.”
Johnson agreed with that sentiment and thinks it is largely because, as of right now, broadcasters are going to be nervous about eliminating the casual viewer:
“I think what you are seeing and where you always are going to see it more than during the regular game telecast is going to be on the commercials,” said Johnson. “You can’t watch a sporting event without a commercial break being PointsBet, MGM, Caesars SportsBook, whatever it is. Those commercials are going to be more and more insipid.
“I think broadcasters are terrified of alienating the casual viewer. They have always been terrified of alienating the casual viewer, whether it is putting a score bug on the screen because they thought the viewer would turn off because they know the score. When John Madden was first calling games, they wouldn’t let him do actual football scheme stuff when he first started out because they said, well, that’s going to be too high level for the viewer.”
In fact, Johnson believe that sports gambling has become more mainstream thanks to Scott Van Pelt and his “Bad Beats“ segment on SportsCenter:
“He [Van Pelt] has really helped to make it mainstream in the sports watching and sports viewing and sports television vernacular,” Johnson said. “Increasingly, it’s becoming part of the common speak of the sports journalist and the sports fan if you are into it and if you can talk the talk.”
For Johnson, being able to write about gambling has allowed him to have another tool in his arsenal when he writes about college football because he is able to relate to more people:
“As someone who does a little bit of gambling writing but as someone who does a lot of college football writing in general,” he said, “gambling is really a thing to put in my tool kit that becomes very interesting.
“There are two ways you can go about writing about gambling. You can sort of write about the social aspect of people’s bad picks or funny picks or crazy parlays or… you can have your own numbers or own systems. I sort of dabble in both, but what it really helps me to do is sort of speak the language, especially in college football as a big sport. It helps me speak the language of using spreads and gambling projections to give predictions and set the table of what a game is going to be.”
As far as the future of alternate broadcasts or betcasts, both Keane and Johnson believe that more will pop up as more states are able to have legal sports betting:
“I think it’s not as prevalent today clearly because we are not in as many states,” said Keane. “But I think that’s going to be an experience where people are going to find it inauthentic if it is not referenced when you are at the end of a game. Is it critical mass? No, but I think you are going to see these alternative betcasts continue and start to bleed more into the traditional broadcast experience.”
This podcast is a good one for someone wanting to learn more about sports betting if you are just getting into it, as well as what the future holds for this industry.
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