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IMG To Launch College Football Blitz

Jason Barrett

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The NFL’s two RedZone channels have become a TV phenomenon, whipping viewers around to potential scoring plays on any given Sunday. Now, IMG will launch its own RedZone-like channel for college football fans on Saturdays. But they’ll do it via digital radio.

IMG tells Sporting News they plan to announce the new College Football Blitz, a live and on-demand digital audio platform, as early as Thursday. Starting this Saturday, College Football Blitz will offer 10 hours of live, cut-in radio coverage all day on Saturdays from 2 p.m. ET to midnight. Plus, scoring updates, on-demand highlights, coaches interviews and analysis.

Produced by IMG, College Football Blitz will be available on SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio and IMGCollege.com. It will run through the end of the 2015 regular season, but won’t include postseason action. The whip around format will encompass an estimated 75 percent of Power 5 conference games played this season.

Think of College Football Blitz as the Internet radio version of ESPN’s Goal Line TV channel for college football and other collegiate sports. ESPN Goal Line  offers whiparound TV coverage for viewers of college football, college basketball (Buzzer Beater) and college baseball (Bases Loaded). ESPN launched Goal Line in 2010. In addition to Goal Line for TV viewers, ESPN Radio broadcasts College GameDay from noon to 7 p.m ET on college football Saturdays to update listeners on the action.

But the best part of College Football Blitz is that fans will be able to listen some of the great, hometown radio talent calling regional college games from anywhere in the country, according to Chris Ferris, VP of Broadcasting for IMG Audio.

They include Don Criqui at Notre Dame, Dan Dierdorf at Michigan, Gene Deckerhoff at Florida State, Bill Roth at UCLA, Eric LeGrand and Ray Lucas at Rutgers, and Damon Huard at Washington.

Criqui is one of the most famous play-by-play announcers in sports history, calling NFL football for 47 seasons from 1967 to 2013. Sportscasters want to be heard by as many people as possible. The more fans listening to their work, the better, said Criqui in a statement to Sporting News.

Football broadcasters will all welcome being incorporated into the Blitz,” he said. “How can you beat having your broadcast available everywhere? The Blitz is a win-win for everyone involved, listeners and broadcasters.

About 80 percent of the action on College Football Blitz will be live, according to Andrew Giangola, VP of Strategic Communications for IMG College. There will also be halftime and post-game shows hosted by two anchors he declined to name.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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