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Mark Cuban: Baseball Is ‘Well-Suited For The TikTok Generation’

“He said that the league should be developing an app that takes “an AI-driven approach” to fandom.”

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Streaming deals may have older fans worried about finding their favorite teams when the new Major League Baseball season starts. One fan thinks streaming is just the tip of the technology iceberg the league should be embracing. Mark Cuban told Dan Patrick that the sport’s future should be all about social media and algorithms.

Patrick asked Cuban if he would invest in the sport of baseball if it were a product presented to him on ABC’s Shark Tank. Cuban said he would, but he would require some changes, because baseball is better built for the future than anyone realizes.

“I think baseball is well-suited for the TikTok generation because it comes in small bites,” the Dallas Mavericks owner said.

In a perfect world, Mark Cuban wants to see Major League Baseball embrace the same model as TikTok. He said that the league should be developing an app that takes “an AI-driven approach” to fandom.

“You could create an application where you could be living in Dallas, you could be a Rangers fan, but if Ohtani came up or your favorite player came up, you’d have an app where can swipe in for those plate appearances.”

Cuban wants to see baseball embrace the hand social media has dealt the sport and also make more common-sense changes to attract younger fans. He dismissed seven-inning doubleheaders and putting runners on second as nonsense.

More effective changes, according to Mark Cuban, would be eliminating throwing the ball around the horn and encouraging personality through bat flips and other celebrations.

Cuban is not advocating for a presentation based on an algorithm to replace traditional coverage of Major League Baseball. He doesn’t think any technological advancement should replace traditional linear TV broadcasts. He says that his app idea could be offered at somewhere between three and five dollars per month to better serve younger fans.

Patrick asked him why it is that the answer seems so obvious to Cuban, but it isn’t something the league has figured out.

“That’s a mystery I’ve never been able to solve,” Mark Cuban laughed.

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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