The Miami Heat were without a familiar voice Monday night on the call for their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Miami Heat radio play-by-play announcer Jason Jackson was not heard last night, as he has been placed in the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol. The team started a four-game road trip on Monday and it appears that Jackson will not be a part of it, according to a team broadcast spokesman.
AM 560 Sports WQAM midday host and Miami Heat studio co-host Jonathan Zaslow took over the position of play-by-play announcer from the team’s studios in Miami last night.
He is expected to be the Heat radio play-by-play announcer for the entire four-game road swing. This will not be the first time that Zaslow has had to fill in on-air for the Miami Heat. He filled in for former Heat radio voice Mike Inglis for three games in February last season.
The Heat outbreak is believed to have come from their opponent on Saturday, the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have had a severe outbreak of the virus with ten players being placed on the COVID-19 protocol by the NBA as well as Bulls broadcasters Stacey King and Bill Wennington.
The Chicago Bulls have recently had two games postponed this week due to so many players being unable to pass protocol. Their next opportunity to play will be on Sunday when they are set to play the Los Angeles Lakers.
Peter Schrager: ‘Next Good Morning Football Host Has Massive Shoes To Fill’
“I don’t know where they are going for that and I don’t play coach or GM. I’m just going to sit back and if they ask my opinion, I’ll give it.”
This week, Good Morning Football ended up winning a Sports Emmy for the best daily studio show. It is a show that has turned into part most football fans’ morning routines. However, there will be new people on the panel eventually with the departures of Nate Burleson and Kay Adams.
This week, one of those left, Peter Schrager, was on The Pat McAfee Show. He did not have a name for McAfee that would fill the role Adams leaves behind and he isn’t going to interfere in the process of the executives picking the next host.
“I would think that there is going to be a long line of people who will want that,” he said. “Those are massive shoes to fill. I don’t know where they are going for that and I don’t play coach or GM. I’m just going to sit back and if they ask my opinion, I’ll give it. But, for now, I trust the executives to hire someone who is going to take care of that hosting job.”
As for Burleson’s seat, the show has used a number of ex-players to fill-in. Schrager likes it that way because he can learn many different stories each week:
“Nate and I can finish each other’s sentences. Now, you have a guy I don’t know the story this player is going to tell. I don’t know where he’s going to take it and I think it’s kind of cool for us.”
Last summer, Schrager hosted The Flying Coach podcast on The Ringer with Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. Unfortunately, there will be no season 2 of that show this summer. That doesn’t mean there won’t be another season of the podcast in the future though.
“I won’t do it without McVay. I begged him. He’s just out….He’s getting married this offseason. He’s got his honeymoon. He’s like, we’ll pick it up another offseason. I’m upset. I love doing it. All these new coaches, Sean and I would have had a good time with it and we talked about it, but it’s his decision and he’s saying no and I totally get it. He’s really good at it and he liked it. He’ll have opportunities and you see some of these numbers that these guys are getting. Trust me, he’s aware.”
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“I think he knew the wrestling role, but I don’t think the other guys did,” Choppy said.