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Dan Patrick: I Refused To Name Branded Stadiums On SportsCenter

“I just said ‘let’s go to Baltimore,’ ‘let’s go to Chicago,’ wherever it might be.”

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The Lakers and Clippers will not be playing in the Staples Center by the time the calendar turns to 2022. The company is giving up the lifetime naming rights deal it had with the Los Angeles arena. Crypto.com will take over as the name sponsor.

Dan Patrick welcomed Darren Rovell to his radio show on Wednesday to discuss the value of the deal. Monetarily, the price tag is $700 million. That will get Crypto.com the naming rights to the arena for twenty years.

Patrick wanted to know how the company could ensure it got its money’s worth. He admitted that when he was at ESPN, he would make a point to stand in the way of that.

“I know when I did SportsCenter, I purposely did not mention a stadium that had naming rights,” he said. “I just said ‘let’s go to Baltimore,’ ‘let’s go to Chicago,’ wherever it might be.”

Would such a practice fly now at ESPN where several segments of SportsCenter carry their own corporate sponsorships?

Rovell answered Dan Patrick by saying value is somewhat relative. Crypto.com may have ideas beyond ESPN anchors saying the company’s name during broadcasts to get the most out of its $700 million investment.

“You know what? I think it’s always up to the individual company to make the value work, right?” he said. “Like, so are they going to have like ATMs where you put in your dollars and then you get a receipt that you’ve turned it into Bitcoin? Are they going to incorporate points into what the Etherium and Bitcoin price is?”

Dan Patrick had an idea for a different sponsor that he wanted to see get the naming rights. He thought the ideal sponsor for the arena would have been TNT broadcaster and Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal, who has become a real advertising force since leaving his playing days behind.

“I thought Shaq should have gotten involved and called it ‘The Shaq.’ People would have had fun with that,” the recent inductee into the Radio Hall of Fame joked.

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850 AM ESPN Cleveland Knocked Off Air Friday Due to Damaged Transmitter

The transmitter issues were fixed later in the day and ESPN Cleveland was back on the air shortly after 4 p.m. Friday.

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Sports radio station WKNR, 850 AM ESPN Cleveland, was off the air Friday morning due to a transmitter that was damaged during last Monday’s snowstorm.

As the station told listeners on Twitter and Facebook, ESPN Cleveland programming was still available on the ESPN app, The Land on Demand website, the TuneIn App, and smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home.

So features like an NFL roundtable with the station’s Cleveland Browns analyst Tony Grossi could still be heard by ESPN Cleveland listeners, just not on the radio via 850 AM for most of the workday.

But the transmitter issues were fixed later in the day and ESPN Cleveland was back on the air shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, as announced on social media.

Afternoon drive-time listeners got to hear The Next Level with Emmett Golden, Jerod Cherry, and Matt Fontana on their way home from work. (Well, some listeners probably only got an hour’s worth of programming before the station powered down its signal at 5 p.m.)

As some listeners pointed out on Twitter, it seemed strange for the transmitter to break down four days after the snowstorm. But the damage obviously wasn’t an immediate problem and apparently something that deteriorated. Or it was an issue that needed to be addressed for the transmitter to continue working properly.

Monday’s snowstorm was no joke. Snowfall totals at the Cleveland airport were measured at 8.2 inches. The region was also battered by 35 mph winds, temperatures in the mid-20s, and wind chills in the teens. At least sports fans could listen to ESPN Cleveland at the time…

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TV Reporter Tori Yorgey Surprised By Eagles’ Brandon Graham During WIP Appearance

“This is the craziest early morning call I’ve ever had!”

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WSAZ-TV reporter Tori Yorgey became news last Thursday for getting hit by a car during a live shot on the West Virginia station. Despite what looked like a scary collision on television, Yorgey got up right away to let anchor Tim Irr and the viewing audience know that she was all right.

The following day, Yorgey, a Philadelphia native, was a guest on the 94WIP morning show as the “Winner of the Week” to talk about the incident. But host Angelo Cataldi made the interview even better by bringing on Yorgey’s favorite Philadelphia Eagles player, Brandon Graham.

“No way!” exclaimed Yorgey. “Oh my God, I love you!”

“You’re a trooper,” said Graham. “Like when performers fall down the stairs, the show must go on. That’s how you approached it.”

“Thank you so much,” Yorgey responded. “Whoa, this is the craziest early morning call I’ve ever had.”

Last week after video of Yorgey went viral, Graham’s Eagles teammate, Lane Johnson, said he’d send her a jersey.

Yorgey told fans on Twitter that she was “just a little sore” after the incident, but she’s still feeling discomfort in her right leg. As so many have pointed out, it could have been so much worse for her.

Amazingly, the on-air collision was one of the last assignments Yorgey covered for WSAZ. She’s moving on to Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV, where she’ll be a nighttime reporter. Yorgey starts her new job on Feb. 1. There don’t appear to be any worries that she’ll become a Steelers fan, especially after talking to her favorite Eagles player on WIP.

“I hope you come to Philly instead of Pittsburgh,” said Graham toward the end of his call.

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Bob Ramsey Joins KFNS For Mid Day Show

“Bob Ramsey is a mainstay of sportscasting in St. Louis.”

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With Tim McKernan moving his shows to Hubbard’s St. Louis custer of stations, there has been some lineup shuffling going on at 590 AM, where his The Morning After used to occupy morning drive.

The latest move according to Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is the return of Bob Ramsey to sports talk radio in St. Louis. Ramsey will partner with Nate Lucas, who comes to town from Springfield, where he hosted a show on Jock 98.7 FM until he was fired in 2020 for making comments about Kamala Harris that were deemed offensive.

Bob Ramsey is a mainstay of sportscasting in St. Louis. His TV and radio career in the city date back 35 years, when he first took over as the play-by-play voice of the St. Louis University Billikens, a position he still holds today. He was also on the city’s first sports talk station, KGLD, when it launched in 1992.

Ramsey and Lucas will be on the air at KFNS from noon until two on the weekdays.

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