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CBS Sports Radio’s JR Jackson Launching College Speaking Tour

“The whole thing gets rolling Monday, September 20th at Springfield College in Massachusetts.”

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The JR SportBrief is hitting the road this fall!

JR Jackson is taking his CBS Sports Radio Show all over the country as part of “Media for the Movement,” a twenty-two-college tour aimed at students pursuing careers in sports information, journalism, broadcasting, advertising, and photojournalism. 

Jackson linked up with Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools to spearhead the project. An 11-week tour traverses college campuses far and wide to talk with prospective sports media students about the constantly changing media landscape.

The whole thing gets rolling Monday, Sept. 20th, at Springfield College in Massachusetts. This tour has stops scheduled at the University of Georgia, Morgan State University, Columbia University, Fordham University, Point Park University, and others.

“I’m always asked by students and entrepreneurs about how I started the JR SportBrief® show on YouTube with millions of views and then transitioned to television and now have my own show on CBS Sports Radio,” JR Jackson explained in a press release. “I love sharing what I’ve learned about sports media and its evolution whether it’s digital or traditional mediums. This is an excellent way for me to give back, while also encouraging diversity and inclusion along the way.”

Experian has latched onto the tour as a partner. They are aiding Jackson’s discussions with students about the importance of financial literacy.

“Learning about credit is one of the best ways to protect your financial health, yet many young people transition to adulthood without having learned the important role credit plays in unlocking financial opportunities,” said Jeff Softley, President of Experian’s Direct to Consumer Business. “We applaud JR’s work and are thankful for the opportunity to reach college students and sports fans with credit education.”

JR Jackson entered the industry in 2009 as a fan looking to add his perspective to sports conversations. He has amassed 80 million views since on his platforms and broadcasts to 300-plus affiliates on CBS Sports Radio.

“Fostering an inclusive environment in the sports media space doesn’t stop with gender or race,” Jackson concluded. “Which is why I’m proud to team up with Special Olympics, who I’ve been involved with for many years, to spread the message of inclusivity for all.”

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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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