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SiriusXM Reveals 2016 NFL Draft Plans

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SiriusXM will provide listeners nationwide with comprehensive coverage of the 2016 NFL Draft, with live coverage of every selection from every round, as well as four days of special programming – across several channels – live from Chicago.

From the first round on Thursday, April 28, through the final round on Saturday, April 30, SiriusXM NFL Radio (channel 88) will broadcast live from the 2016 NFL Draft as it happens at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (coverage airs Thursday and Friday from 6:00 pm – midnight ET; Saturday from noon – 7:00 pm ET).  Listeners will hear the live announcements of all 32 teams’ selections through all seven rounds, as well as interviews with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and dozens of draftees, general managers and coaches.

SiriusXM NFL Radio’s on-site broadcast team in the Auditorium Theatre will feature:

  • Gil Brandt, former longtime player personnel executive for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Pat Kirwan, former NFL scout, coach and front-office executive
  • Jim Miller, former veteran NFL quarterback
  • Phil Savage, former college coach and NFL general manager
  • Jason Horowitz, lead host for SiriusXM’s Draft coverage

From Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30, SiriusXM will supplement its NFL Draft coverage with several special programs originating live from Chicago:

  • Chicago native Jenny McCarthy will host her SiriusXM show, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy from Draft-Town in Grant Park on Thursday (5:00 to 7:00 pm ET; the show will air on SiriusXM Stars, channel 109, on Friday, April 29 at 10:00 am ET).  Jim Miller, who played quarterback for the Bears from 1998 through 2002, will join McCarthy on the show.
  • On Wednesday, Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan will broadcast from NFL Play 60 in Grant Park (11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET on SiriusXM NFL Radio).  Later that night, Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez will host live (8:00 – 11:00 pm ET on SiriusXM NFL Radio) from the NFL Draft Eve Party.  Both broadcasts will feature interviews with NFL legends, current players and prospects in attendance.
  • On Thursday and Friday, Miller and Kirwan will host their daily SiriusXM NFL Radio show, Movin’ the Chains, from Grant Park starting at 3:00 pm ET and leading into each day’s Draft coverage.
  • On Saturday former Tennessee Titans lineman Brad Hopkins, who was that franchise’s first round pick in 1993, and Alex Marvez will host a special NFL Draft-focused show live from Grant Park (2:00 to 4:00 pm ET on Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 82).
  • SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM channel 87 and Sirius channel 210) will also be in Chicago, broadcasting live from Grant Park all three days of the Draft.  The channel’s coverage will air Thursday (8:00 pm to midnight ET), Friday (7:00 to 11:00 pm ET) and Saturday (noon to 7:00 pm ET) featuring pick by pick analysis from a fantasy football perspective.  Hosts John Hansen, Jeff Mans, Mike Dempsey, Bob Harris, Pilar Lastra, Brandon Marianne Lee and Jeff Ratcliffe will all be part of the coverage, airing live in front of the fans at Draft-Town.

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Tyler Polumbus: ‘I Couldn’t Talk About Colorado Football On Denver Radio Before Deion Sanders’

“You are now a cultural icon for kids all across the country.”

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Over the weekend Deion Sanders was formally announced as the new head football coach at Colorado University after three seasons at FCS Jackson State.

The hall of fame defensive back transformed Jackson State in his short stint at the HBCU, and the hope is that Sanders will be able to make football in Boulder relevant again.

Talking to Pete Medhurst and Chris Russell on The Team 980 in D.C. on Wednesday, Altitude Sports Radio host Tyler Polumbus explained how Deion’s hiring alone has already started to make an impact on the Buffaloes program.

“In 48 hours, Colorado’s social media accounts grew by 150,000 people,” Polumbus said. “And that’s the Deion Sanders effect. You are now a cultural icon for kids all across the country.”

Polumbus, a Denver native who played football at Colorado and recently joined Altitude Sports Radio after a stint at rival 104.3 The Fan, said the hiring has even made the school’s program a relevant topic on the radio.

“I couldn’t talk about CU on my radio show. CU is never talked about,” he said. “And Colorado is a one-sport (state). It is the Denver Broncos – that’s it. And from here on out until Deion Sanders is no longer the head coach at CU, they will be the top story here in Colorado.”

Medhurst mentioned how USC and UCLA exiting the Pac-12 for the Big Ten starting in 2024 could open the door for Colorado under Deion’s leadership to make some noise in the conference. But despite all the excitement from the Sanders hiring and not having seen what he can do with the team on the field, Polumbus said he’s trying to keep things in perspective.

“We already got catfished once this offseason with Russell Wilson,” he said of the Broncos quarterback. “So we’re trying to not let our hopes and enthusiasm get all too high with Deion Sanders, because I can’t let myself get catfished twice in one year.”

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Colin Cowherd: Baker Mayfield Isn’t That Interesting To Me Anymore

“Carolina’s weak, and he has proven to be over-drafted. The Rams right now are boring, I don’t think with a bad o-line and limited weapons he’ll find it any easier than he did in Carolina.”

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Former Cleveland Browns top draft pick Baker Mayfield’s stint with the Carolina Panthers ended after this past week, with the team placing him on waivers. On Tuesday, news broke that the L.A. Rams claimed Mayfield.

On FOX Sports Radio, host Colin Cowherd said Wednesday he didn’t have a hot take on the news.

“For a couple of years, three years or so, I talked about Baker Mayfield I swear to God every other day during the football season,” Cowherd said. He was considered one of Mayfield’s most vocal critics even going back to his playing days at Oklahoma.

“But I said when he left Cleveland I wouldn’t talk about him as much, because he’s just not that interesting,” he added. “Carolina’s weak, and he has proven to be over-drafted. The Rams right now are boring, I don’t think with a bad o-line and limited weapons he’ll find it any easier than he did in Carolina.”

Despite the fall from grace for Mayfield, Colin Cowherd said he hoped for the best for Baker moving forward.

“I honestly wish him well. I don’t root against professional athletes. Russell Westbrook can drive me crazy. Baker Mayfield drove me crazy, but he’s a nice kid.”

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Bobby Belt: ‘Pat McAfee Butchered The Name Shan and RJ’

“I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Shan and RJ is a show that routinely finds itself in the media spotlight. They may be a Dallas show, but when Jerry and Stephen Jones routinely appear on your airwaves, you are going to draw attention from outside of the market.

On Tuesday, Pat McAfee played a clip of the hosts talking to Jerry Jones. McAfee threw to the clip introducing the show as “Shan, RJ, and Chop.” On Wednesday morning, the 105.3 The Fan’s morning show had some fun with the former Colts punter’s struggles.

“There’s a lot to unpack here,” newly added co-host Bobby Belt said after listening to McAfee and his crew take three unsuccessful cracks at naming the show.

“Reggie made a good point yesterday when I was talking to him about this,” Belt said. “Reggie was like ‘I think McAfee was going to the clip, saw three faces and didn’t know a third name, and so he’s like ‘well, that must be RJ and Chop.’”

Belt delighted in the idea that in McAfee’s mind, RJ Choppy goes by “Chop” on air and even pointed out that one of the producers said that RJ “looks like a Chop.”

Pat McAfee called the show “Shan, RJ, and Chop,” “Shana, RJ and Chop,” and “Shannon and RJ” on different occasions according to Belt. He didn’t think it was disrespectful. He just didn’t understand how McAfee got it so wrong so often.

“They butchered this three ways to the weekend. I have no idea. I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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