In a male dominated industry that attracts a male dominated audience, WFAN’s Maggie Gray offered great perspective on the Mets firing general manager Jared Porter for past inappropriate behavior.
In what appeared to be a straightforward decision by the Mets, the largely male audience and base of callers for WFAN was still littered with questions such as “why would a woman save those messages for five years?” Featuring one of the industries few full-time female hosts, WFAN was able to offer a strong point of view when answering those questions.
“62 text messages aren’t a mistake,” Gray began. “That’s a choice that you are making. He’s a grownup and he had a choice to send those text messages. This isn’t on her, this is on him.”
Gray explained that in the situation of Porter, the female didn’t hold the text messages. The victim’s story was told years ago, but she didn’t want it reported, fearing a negative impact on her sports journalism career as she attempted to cover the good ol’ boys club. Despite the fact that the female reporter was not holding Porter’s harassing messages, Gray still explained why a person in the victim’s situation might have kept the texts.
“A lot of times when women find themselves in these situations where someone in a position of power does something that’s inappropriate – the biggest battle you face is making sure people believe you,” Gray said. “’What did you do, what did you say, what were you wearing, how did you bring this on yourself?’ is a lot of times how these situations get interpreted and this is another thing that keeps people from coming forward.”
As a foreign reporter, the woman did not fully understand the culture enough to confirm what Porter was doing was not only inappropriate, but harassment.
Realistically, if this story came out in 2016, there’s a good chance Porter would have remained in baseball and continued on a similar track to landing a general manager position. Although the #MeToo movement was launched long before 2016, it didn’t really explode with support until 2017.
Use former Mets general manager Steve Phillips as an example. In 1998, Phillips was accused of sexual harassment. Phillips missed eight days of work because of the incident and settled the civil suit out of court. He continued as the team’s GM until June 2003, when he was fired for performance reasons. 11 years after the harassment suit, Phillips admitted another extramarital affair, this time with a 22-year-old ESPN production assistant. ESPN fired Phillips less than a week after the affair was publicized and he’s since spent nearly a decade as a SiriusXM radio host.
Porter might get another opportunity to work in baseball again, but it’s fair to assume his second chances will be limited.
WCCO Brings Back The Sports Huddle
“The Minnesota sports-focused show returns after previously being hosted by the late Sid Hartman and Dave Mona for over 40 years.”
Audacy announced it is bringing The Sports Huddle back to 830 WCCO in Minneapolis, MN. The show returns on Sunday, Oct. 10, and is airing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m CT on WCCO with hosts Mike Max and Pete Najarian.
The Minnesota sports-focused show returns after previously being hosted by the late Sid Hartman and Dave Mona for over 40 years. The new crew is bringing their flair to the Minnesota sports scene with big-name interviews and listener interaction.
“We’ve been discussing for a while a show that ‘reboots’ the heritage and equity of the old Sports Huddle while exhibiting a new energy and more expansive template for Pete and Mike to talk about all the various topics they’re passionate about,” said Brad Lane, Brand Manager, 830 WCCO. “We’re confident this new edition will help take this legacy brand to the next level while offering a unique and fresh outlook on the most relevant topics each week.”
Max has been with the station since 1998 and currently hosts his weeknight show Sports to the Max. He also contributes to The WCCO Morning News and started his career as an intern at WCCO-TV.
“Pete and I can’t wait to continue bringing what we grew up with to our audience,” said Max. “Sundays on WCCO have always meant entertaining and exclusive content.”
His athletic co-host, Najarian, played football at the University of Minnesota and was inducted into the program’s Hall of Fame in 1992. Najarian ended his career as Minnesota’s second-leading tackler and parlayed that on-field success into an off-field financial career.
“This show will offer listeners a fresh look at sports with straightforward comments and takes,” said Najarian. “We may even mix in some financials when it’s appropriate.”
A new era for The Sports Huddle begins in about two weeks.
FanDuel: Craig Carton Partnership Adds Humanity To Addiction
”We want to grow this industry in a healthy way for the long term.”
Fanduel recently announced that it is partnering with Craig Carton to be their first ever ”responsible gaming ambassador” for the company.
Over the weekend, Carton had the Chief Marketing Officer of Fanduel Mike Raffensperger on his gambling addiction show, Hello My Name is Craig, to speak on their mission with the partnership as well as why it was the perfect partnership for both sides.
”What I have tried to explain to people is that there was a lengthy vetting period on both sides.” said Craig Carton about the partnership. ”Fanduel wanted to know who Craig Carton is, is he full of crap about his struggle with gambling, and ultimately what’s in it for Fanduel.” said Carton.
Raffensperger added that Fanduel wants to keep their consumers safe while using their product.
”We want to grow this industry in a healthy way for the long term,” he said. ”We understand that some people who use our product are going to have trouble using it responsibly, and it can really affect their lives.”
As to why Carton is the right guy for the role in the partnership, Raffensperger added ”I think what we recognize we needed is to add some humanity as to how we get this message across.”
Craig Carton notably has a long past with gambling. He ultimately served just over a year of his 3 year prison sentence for his role in a Ponzi scheme that saw him defrauding investors to pay back his gambling debts.
Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel
“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”
FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.
The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.
Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.
“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”
FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.
He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.
“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”
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