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Mad Dog Rips NFL Owners, Roger Goodell Over Amazon Prime Video Thursday Night Football Deal

“You know who’s happy about the game tonight? The 32 owners who can split a billion,” Russo said

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The NFL made history in a way on Thursday with the first regular season game exclusive to a streaming platform.

But despite all the marketing and hype, and ample opportunities for people to find the Chargers/Chiefs game on Amazon Prime Video, some just can’t get behind the idea.

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is one of those people. The hall of fame radio host doesn’t understand why games are airing on Amazon. On his SiriusXM show Thursday, Mad Dog reacted to comments made by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell who called the event “Historic.”

Russo said the majority of people won’t be able to find the game on traditional television, but at the end of the day, the NFL owners who agreed to the deal with the tech giant will be excited.

“You know who’s happy about the game tonight? The 32 owners who can split a billion,” Russo said. “That’s who’s happy about it. The Arthur Blank’s of the world. That is who’s pleased. They don’t care where the game is!”

Mad Dog continued to rant particularly about Falcons owner Arthur Blank, joking that he’s going to be asking his grandchildren to pull the game up on Amazon and then throw the remote at the TV when they can’t. He added that Blank will then just look at his checkbook and see that he got his cut of the $1 billion per year Amazon is paying for the rights to the Thursday games and be happy either way.

“‘For 13 games they gave us a billion dollars. You know what, if I miss it, I’ll live,'” Russo said. “Oh come on!”

But Mad Dog took aim at the commissioner for claiming Thursday Night Football on Amazon is unprecedented. Russo pointed out that the schedule for Thursday games later in the year doesn’t match up to the claim.

“If this is such a historic, incredible, once-in-a-lifetime event, then somebody explain to me then…how the hell on December 22nd is the Thursday night game on Amazon Jacksonville at the Jets!” he said. “It’s garbage!”

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    TJ

    September 16, 2022 at 3:07 am

    So let me get this straight… Mad Dog builds his career as a ‘man of the people’ on terrestrial radio and then bolts for a huge contract at a subscription satellite radio service… and then feels that he’s in a position to say things like this? Love the guy, but ‘Come on!’

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed 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.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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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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