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Rob Parker: The Big Paychecks For NFL Broadcasters Never Go to Black Guys

“Rob Parker said that he was inspired to write the Deadspin piece after Amazon hired Kirk Herbstreit to be the analyst on its Thursday Night Football coverage.”

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The NFL has been under a microscope for many years now for the lack of men of color in head coaching positions. FOX Sports Radio’s Rob Parker thinks there is another area where the league’s hiring practices should be questioned. He wrote a piece for Deadspin this week pointing out the lack of black former players in discussion for analyst roles on the league’s premier broadcasts. He explained his position Wednesday night alongside Chris Broussard on The Odd Couple.

Parker pointed out that rarely do black players get a spot on prime-time broadcasts. That is where the money is.

He pointed out that three black men have been in the booth throughout the history of Monday Night Football. Combined, those three men spent six seasons on the broadcast. He also noted that plenty of black broadcasters and former players end up on pregame shows.

“I’m not saying there aren’t any opportunities, but the big paying jobs, and the biggest ones so far have not had that guy in there,” Parker said.

He pointed to the salaries of Tony Romo and Troy Aikman and said networks don’t often make those paydays available to black men. He specifically called out Aikman, who recently signed a $90 million contract at ESPN. Parker said that he is good at what he does and has stature in the league thanks to his history with the Dallas Cowboys, but there is no reason his Cowboys teammate Michael Irvin shouldn’t have the same opportunities in the broadcast booth.

Broussard agreed saying that the NFL should prop Irvin up as its answer to what Charles Barkley is to the NBA on TNT.

Rob Parker said that he was inspired to write the Deadspin piece after Amazon hired Kirk Herbstreit to be the analyst on its Thursday Night Football coverage.

“He never played in the NFL. He’s Mr. College Football, and even in that spot, they gave it to somebody that didn’t even play in the league,” Parker said. “I’m not saying that means he can’t talk about the game or analyze the game. He played great as the quarterback at Ohio State, okay? I know his resume. I’m not saying he’s not qualified, but even that job, Chris! Even that job with Amazon went to another white guy.”

Michael Strahan has been mentioned as a candidate to take over for Aikman in FOX’s top NFL booth. It wouldn’t be a primetime game, but it is regularly one of the NFL’s most-watched windows. Would that come along with one of these mega-paychecks?

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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