There were a ton of thrilling endings to this past weekend’s NFL games, and it turned out that despite being flexed out of Sunday Night Football, Sunday’s Patriots/Raiders game actually had one of the top moments of the 2022 season.
The Raiders tied the game at 24 late in regulation, setting up the team’s incredible game-winning defensive touchdown. But the NFL replay officials confirming Keelan Cole’s touchdown catch has been the subject of plenty of debate.
On 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston on Monday, Zolak & Bertrand host Scott Zolak told a caller that the fact that officials reviewing the play did not have access to the pylon cam in the back corner of the end zone was the ultimate difference maker.
“If we were on Sunday Night Football we would’ve got the view,” Zolak said. The caller thought the pylon cam would’ve been available since it was a late game. Zolak said the fact that it wasn’t the late national game was the reason why.
“Not when you get flexed out and you’re the 4:05 game, not the 4:25 game,” he said.
“Multi-billion dollar industry, massive new stadium right there Allegiant Stadium in Vegas – everything’s right there for you and you can’t have extra cameras there in the stadium,” Zolak added. “It’s mind-boggling. They should just be there in every stadium.”
Co-host Marc Bertrand agreed. He took issue with the fact that it looked like the best angle officials had to look at turned out to be from overhead. And even then with the video slowed down and zoomed in, the loss in quality of the footage by doing that didn’t generate the clear and obvious evidence to overturn the call on the field.
“We’re talking a matter of a centimeter. We’re not talking two or three inches,” Bertrand said. “And so I think it’s unfortunate, but the only issue I have with any of it is that there weren’t more cameras. That’s it! I’m not blaming the ref. That guy was 10 yards away from the paly, he did his very best and I can see based on the still image why he would’ve called it the way that it was.”
Beetle added that in this day and age with the NFL, there’s no excuses why every regular season game shouldn’t have all the necessary camera angles possible in order to make sure they’re making the correct calls if review is needed.
“It’s 2022. This should never have to be a thing,” he said. “It’s just unacceptable that they don’t have more. If they’re gonna do replay at least have the right cameras.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week
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.
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.”
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.
ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
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.