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Angelo Cataldi: FOX Sports Avoided Disaster With World Cup Nearly Lasting to Kickoff of NFL Games

“Would the Eagle fans have gone bezerk if FOX said ‘we’re just gonna get through the penalty kicks and see who wins’? They would have went nuts, right?”

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The 2022 World Cup Final proved to be one of the greatest soccer matches of all-time, and yet many wondered what would have happened if the match overran into the 1:00 PM ET window for the NFL on FOX. 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi said the network should thank their lucky stars the match ended when it did.

“Here’s the thing. While I’m watching this, and I’m going ‘What happens if this World Cup game goes past 1:00 PM?’,” Cataldi said.

“Chaos,” replied co-host Rhea Hughes.

“For sure, because FOX has got both the World Cup and the NFL,” Catladi said. “Secondly, they paid a ton of money for both. Third, the World Cup is getting the best numbers they’ve ever got in their history in America. The NFL is their bread and butter. What do you do at 1:00 PM? They don’t know how long the penalty kicks are going to take. It could be 20 kicks, who knows?”

When told they could have moved the penalty kicks of the World Cup to FS1, Cataldi scoffed at the idea.

“Big mistake. FS1 has about a third of the people. It is not widely distributed. You’re gonna take two-thirds of an audience that watched the greatest World Cup game ever and send them somewhere else where they may not be able to go to see the end of that event?”

Hughes then asked if they would send the NFL to FS1.

“No, not a chance,” countered Cataldi. “Then I started to wonder about the world. This was a big thought. The truth is, if you missed the first five plays of the Eagles game, would the Eagle fans have gone bezerk if FOX said ‘we’re just gonna get through the penalty kicks and see who wins’? They would have went nuts, right? So you’re gonna lose no matter what! They made it by minutes!”

Co-host Al Morganti told Cataldi that it was eight minutes between the end of the World Cup Final and the beginning of the 1:00 PM window. Cataldi concluded he would have complained but joked he didn’t have to watch the “forced laughter” between Terry Bradshaw and Michael Strahan.

“Now I want a soccer game at 11:00 AM every Sunday,” the venerable host joked.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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