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1250 AM The Fan’s Tobi Altizer: Big Broadcast Salaries Bad For NFL

“I don’t know that this is good. Because you could start luring good people for the leagues out early to go work in broadcasting because they’ll make more money.”

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Would the NFL game be diminished had Sean McVay and John Lynch left their respective jobs to jump into broadcasting? The Los Angeles Rams would likely be less formidable without McVay on the sidelines. The San Francisco 49ers might not have as impressive a roster without Lynch putting it together.

The Bart Winkler Show‘s Tobi Altizer made that argument while discussing the NFL broadcasting carousel and the massive salaries now being paid for the top analyst positions.

“I don’t know that this is good,” Alitzer said to Bart Winkler. “Because you could start luring — and I think this has happened with officiating — you could start luring good people for the leagues out early to go work in broadcasting because they’ll make more money.”

“What if Sean McVay did leave and go to the booth? Obviously, it’s a limited number of jobs because it’s not like there’s tons and tons of major networks. But what if McVay leaves and goes to the booth? That’s one of the best coaches in the NFL and he leaves.”

Going off Tuesday’s big news of Aaron Rodgers re-signing with the Green Bay Packers and Russell Wilson getting traded to the Denver Broncos, Alitzer asks if we’d see such moves if Rodgers or Wilson decided to take a big broadcasting salary rather than play one or two more years in the NFL.

(Granted, even ESPN or Amazon wouldn’t approach what Rodgers is reportedly being paid in his new contract with the Packers, if reports of a four-year, $200 million deal are true.)

It’s an intriguing question, but how the broadcasting carousel has played out probably shows that younger coaches and executives like McVay and Lynch are going to stay in the league while they still have the energy and competitive drive for their jobs. And top-tier quarterbacks such as Rodgers and Wilson aren’t going to retire if they believe a Super Bowl title is attainable. (Not to mention, the money is just too lucrative.)

Sean Payton left the New Orleans Saints, but admittedly needed a break. (And as of yet, he hasn’t signed on for a broadcasting gig.) Tony Romo jumped to CBS’s No. 1 analyst role when he could’ve played at least one more season. But he was also coming off a back injury that required surgery and limited him to five games in his last two seasons. (Several might point out that Romo shouldn’t be compared to the likes of Rodgers and Wilson, either.)

Also, this offseason broadcasting carousel is a phenomenon unlikely to be repeated for at least a few years. Once Amazon and Fox decide on their top broadcast teams, those positions won’t likely open up for a while. Troy Aikman is signed with ESPN for five years. Sure, there can always be churn. People leave or get fired. Changes can be made. But once this carousel stops, it may not spin again for a while.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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