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Paul Pabst Pays Off 5-Year-Old Bet On Dan Patrick Show

“The crew waited patiently on the couch as Pabst walked in to pay off one of the longest-tenured bets in the show’s history.”

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Dan Patrick and the Danettes like to make friendly wagers amongst themselves, but a bet with a famous guest from five years ago had to be paid up on the show this week.

Paul Pabst made a bet with Michael Phelps in Dec. 2016 that the greatest Olympic Swimmer in history would end up coming out of retirement and swimming at the Tokyo Olympics.

That never paid off for Pabst as Phelps stayed retired and did go to Tokyo, albeit as a broadcaster for NBC platforms. All of those developments over the past five years meant an interesting wardrobe decision was in Pabst’s future.

“Ok, so you gotta wear my exact sized suit,” Phelps told Pabst on the show in 2016. 

“Whatever you wear, I wear big guy,” Pabst responded.

Flash forward to this week, and the Danettes had a lot of fun at one of their own’s expense. Unfortunately for Paul Pabst, the operating budget didn’t afford him a spa day for his waxing. With that in mind, Pabst used duct tape to do the trick.

The crew waited patiently on the couch as Pabst walked in to pay off one of the longest-tenured bets in the show’s history. 

“You know I am very pro-USA today,” Pabst said in his Olympic attire. “I think that the USA is not pro-me. I think they’d like to trade me.”

“I’ve never made more eye contact with you in my life,” Patrick jokingly said. To his credit, Pabst rolled in with the whole outfit on from the tight suit to the swim cap and goggles.

“Yes, we waxed the chest yesterday,” Paul Pabst said as he described the bootlegged process. “It took about 45 seconds because I don’t have a lot of chest hair.”

This is not the first, or the last time, a Danette’s paid off a bet in style. Watch the full video story on the saga from The Dan Patrick Show above.

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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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