As of late, Clay Travis’ Outkick The Coverage program on Fox Sports Radio, has sounded more like something you might see on the Fox News television network. That’s because, in recent days, Travis has interviewed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump.
The parade of politicians continued on Thursday morning when Travis spoke with Texas’ Republican governor Greg Abbott. The pair discussed a variety of topics in the nearly 30 minute segment, but the main focus was football, both college and prep, in the Lone Star State.
Overall, Abbott conveyed a more cautious tone about the return of football than Travis’ previous guests, including the possibility of playing games with no fans in attendance.
“While the financial aspect has to be considered, the top priority is the health and safety of the players,” he said. “We saw what can happen when you have large gatherings, so the attendance might not be as robust. We may not have any fans at all. I’ve talked to the players, and while they like having fans there, the most important thing for them is playing the game. It’s like the NBA or the MLB, once that tip or first pitch happens, they all play for the love of the game… The key word is flexibility. While I think we can determine now that it is safe to play games, we will have to wait and see how many fans can be in the stands.”
Abbott says that he and many Texans underestimated COVID and he does not want to repeat those mistakes.
“The Corona Virus is not going to wane,” Abbott said. “It is not getting weaker. It can still be transmitted and its life span is still the same. But what has happened in Texas is, we have a better understanding of it and better control. We saw a spike in Texas in early June because we thought we had COVID defeated and let our guard down. We did not. Now we have gotten a better grip on things and the numbers have started to trend downward again.”
Along with college football, Abbott addresses the state of high school football.
“High school football is not a sport. It’s a religion in Texas. We are the home of Friday Night Lights,” Abbott continued. “As we began summer workouts for high school football, we had players transmitting COVID-19, players testing positive, so some areas of the state have decided not to have a season. Some are planning modified schedules, others are planning full schedules. That’s something we have to grapple with, but we also know that football, and all sports, are vital to the well-being of the student.”
As for college football, Texas is home to five Power 5 programs throughout the Big XII and SEC. Both conferences have decided to play football this fall. Abbott applauds the decision.
“Listen, I’ve talked to all kinds of university administrators, from presidents to athletic directors to coaches,” Abbott said. “But the most important group I have spoken with are the student-athletes themselves. They want to play. They have the option not to but 99 percent want to play, and most importantly, they feel safe with the protocols that are in place. If the student-athlete feels safe, they should be allowed to play.”
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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio
“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”
San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.
RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.
San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.
Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.
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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.
“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”
The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”
Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.