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Damon Bruce: Debate With A’s Team President is Off

“What would the debate have been?” he asked. “I’m anti-treating your fans like crap and he’s pro-treating your fans like crap?”

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Damon Bruce and Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval are not going to be having any kind of public interaction. Friday on 95.7 The Game, Bruce revealed that he is not agreeing to the terms that Kaval and the franchise are mandating in order for them to have the interview the two discussed on Twitter last week.

Kaval publicly questioned why the Bay Area media was not covering the poor attendance for the Giants the way they are for the A’s. Bruce fired back that the poor attendance in Oakland is about the way the team is treating its fans. After some back and forth, Bruce said he would show up to the Colesium in Oakland for a live-streamed debate if Kaval and the A’s would pay a $5000 appearance fee, which would go to a local food bank.

On Friday, in revealing that Kaval did not want to participate, Bruce also revealed that he has never charged anyone for him to show up to an event before.

“There is no $5000 appearance fee,” he said. “It just shows you how bad of a research department they have over there, not engaging actual media in what it costs to do business.”

Dave Kaval will reportedly still donate $5000 to a food bank. Bruce says the A’s President deserves credit for that, but he wants listeners to know that it was clear to him that Kaval and his staff never had any intention of going through with the agreed-upon conversation.

Bruce says the A’s wanted an agreement in place about what topics will be covered. They wanted a conference call to review what would be said. The team also wanted the format of the conversation switched from an interview to a debate moderated by A’s studio host Brodie Brazil, who Bruce says he likes, but would certainly create bias.

“Whatever lowercase journalistic integrity I have, I know it’s this. You do not let your interview subject set the terms of that interview,” Bruce said. “So I’m not doing it. I’m not going to give that guy a platform for propaganda and a shot clock which he can run out before we change the topic.”

The A’s have been in the middle of a standoff with the city of Oakland about a new stadium and have been publicly flirting with Las Vegas as a potential new home for the team. Bruce’s partner, Ray Ratto, said that those are topics the team doesn’t want to talk about. It’s why he never believed the agreement on Twitter would amount to anything.

Damon Bruce thought it was funny that Dave Kaval wanted to turn a discussion about how the franchise is treating fans right now into a debate.

“What would the debate have been?” he asked. “I’m anti-treating your fans like crap and he’s pro-treating your fans like crap?”

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ESPN 97.5 Host Vanessa Richardson Named New Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

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The Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season and it’s a familiar name in Houston sports talk radio.

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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Boomer Esiason: Michael Kay ‘Swooping In’ On Stephen Nelson ‘Just Not Right’

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

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Much has been made about the potential of New York Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay announcing Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+ while slugger Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. During Boomer & Gio Friday morning, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti disagreed on whether Kay should have taken the gig from usual AppleTV+ announcer Stephen Nelson.

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

“I bet he put that out there to see what the reaction would be,” Giannotti said of Kay’s comments that he would be “big-footing” Nelson by taking the assignment. “And the reaction was like that, and was like ‘You know, I’m kinda uncomfortable doing this. Maybe I shouldn’t do it’. And no one wanted to see it anyway.”

“They shouldn’t do it,” said Esiason of AppleTV+ allowing Kay to step in for Nelson.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and let’s say it was Pete Alonso chasing this record and there was AppleTV for potentially 61 or 62, you’re telling me that you’d want a fella named (Stephen) Nelson over Gary Cohen? There’s no way in hell!”, Giannotti countered.

“I want what’s right,” Esiason said.

“AppleTV’s not right to begin with,” Giannotti replied.

“But Michael Kay swooping in on some kid named Nelson, that’s not right. That’s just not right. You just can’t do that!”, argued Esiason.

“Yeah, but the fact that it’s on AppleTV to begin with is annoying,” Giannotti concluded. “It’s just annoying.”

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