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Marc Malusis: WPIX Gig Seemed Like Longshot, But Ready to Be Different

“I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”

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Earlier this month, it was announced that Marc “Moose” Malusis was going to be the lead sports anchor at WPIX-11. For the man who has become known for his radio work at WFAN over the years, he now will be providing viewers their updates every night on television.

Malusis was a guest on the most recent episode of the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast on The Ringer. Being a TV sports anchor was something Malusis never imagined would happen and he talked about the process of how it ended up happening thanks to someone he did digital work for in the past:

“It was a case of I got a call out of the blue. At that time, I was probably 6-7 weeks out after the show was not coming back at WFAN,” said Malusis. “I got a call from Todd Ehrlich, who is the executive sports director at WPIX. I had done some digital work for Todd a long time ago when he was at CBS.

“He called me and said we have an opening at WPIX. I’d like to throw your hat in the ring. I’m not making any promises that you will get the job, but I’d like to submit and make a pitch for you to get the job. Can you get me a tape and can you get me a resume ASAP? That’s where the ball started getting rolling.”

Giving updates on the news was not something Malusis was used to doing. Even though he was doing fill-in anchor spots at SNY, it is a new format for someone who is used to doing either talk radio or debating the hot sports topics on TV.

“Honestly at the time, I thought it was more of a longshot than anything else because I had more experience doing radio, a lot more experience doing debate-style shows at SNY,” said Malusis. “I had done a lot of different things on SNY, but that was really what we had done. I anchored a couple different shows here and there. When I started doing fill-in anchor shifts at SNY, this hadn’t really taken hold.”

As for what fans should expect when they turn on WPIX-11 to get their sports news, Malusis wants to bring some new things to the table and according to him, the network is embracing that.

I wasn’t expecting to land with this opportunity. To be able to get this job and land on my feet the way I did, I am really blessed with the opportunity to land at PIX-11,” he said. “They are willing to do a lot of different things. I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”

So what is Malusis looking forward to doing with this new position? For him, he wants to be at the big games rather than talk about them from home or from a studio. Here is what he told Jastremski about what he is looking forward to the most:

“I think to be out at a big sporting event. Being at a championship parade, being at a big game, being at a practice before a Game 7. I never thought this opportunity would present itself. I am going to take the ball and run with it. I’m not afraid of hard work and sacrifice and time. Being at a big Yankees-Red Sox game in The Bronx, being at a big game at Citi Field with Max Scherzer on the mound. I’m really looking forward to that.” 

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Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State

“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”

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Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.

He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”

He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.

The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.

Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.

The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.

Others used the feud to create comedy.

Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.

The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.

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Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM

“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”

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A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.

“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”

The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.

The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports. 

“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts.  “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team.  They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.” 

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Dave Portnoy Offers Pat Beverley ‘Blank Check’ To Join Barstool

“Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”

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Minnesota Timberwolves player Pat Beverley turned heads with his comments about Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after the Suns were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.

Beverley told Mike Greenberg and Stephen A. Smith on Monday that he thinks Paul is a “traffic cone,” due to his poor defense and that on nights he knows he’s playing Paul he’ll have a nice steak dinner and wine the night before. He said he’s in bed by 8 p.m. and doesn’t want to hear from his mom or girlfriend if he’s playing Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

Pat’s comments got the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said Monday he liked Beverley so much that he would hire him to do a podcast for Barstool.

“If Pat Beverley is a Barstool fan and he’s watching this, he has a blank check. You name your price for a podcast, and we will hire you — no questions asked,” Portnoy said. “Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”

Portnoy made the push to sign Beverley to a podcast deal as the company seeks to scale back the number of podcasts it produces. Barstool CEO Erika Nardini announced the decision to cut shows last week.

No word if Beverley has responded to Portnoy’s offer.

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