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Funhouse Turns Attention To Anthony Gargano

Gargano was livid after the Sixers fell in seven games to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Courtesy: 97.5 The Fanatic

Philadelphia is trying to pick up the pieces from flaming out in the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks this past weekend. Don’t expect 97.5 The Fanatic’s Anthony Gargano to sugarcoat anything he saw on Sunday night. His rant ended up going viral with the help of the Funhouse twitter account.

The midday host went ballistic on the Sixers performance in a 103-96 loss at home. He had his sights set on head coach Doc Rivers and Ben Simmons in particular.

“Absolutely pathetic!!” Gargano exclaimed on Monday. “His [Rivers] body language, ahhhhh. Everything slumping in the chair, can you give off worse body landuage to a team that already lacks confidence? You’re the coach! There’s a reason why Pat Riley is cool and Phil Jackson sits there in a stoic manner because you don’t want your players to see you WITH A LOSERS FACE!!”

Rivers has the 2008 Championship ring that no one can take away but his overall playoff resume has some big misses. According to Mike Prada, Doc Rivers has now blown three 3-1 leads, three 3-2 leads, one 2-0 lead, and lost Game 7 at home four times (five if you count the bubble).

“What was his plan?!” Gargano said about Rivers. “You can’t design one play? not one frickin play? Yo dude, you’ve been in this league for 100 years. You can’t design anything; you can’t draw up a STICK FIGURE TO GET A BUCKET WHEN YOU NEED ONE!!!”

Gargano then turned his sights to Simmons, who attempted zero fourth-quarter field goals betweens Game 4-7.

“Ben Simmons cost them the series,” Gargano said. “That’s it, you’re right, that’s it. You wanna talk about shrinking violet, the oil painting that was him at the freaking rim!!”

Gargano closed by apologizing for all his past defenses of Simmons.

“I apologize to every one of you guys that I’ve ever debated and defended him because how could you pass the ball when you’re at the rim?! You’re 6’11” for Christ’s sake; in that moment, HOW IN THE WORLD COULD YOU DO THAT?!”

Funhouse, or @backaftathis, rose to prominence by sharing clips of some of Mike Francesa’s worst moments. Since the Sports Pope’s retirement, the account has mainly focused on the most outlandish takes and absurd opinions on sports radio.

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16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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According to Nielsen, sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in their latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

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Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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