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Craig Carton: Bart Scott Opinion of Damar Hamlin Situation A ‘Sad Attention Grab’

“I don’t wanna say outrageous but its kind of a sad attention grab. What did Tee Higgins do? He didn’t do anything wrong.”

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ESPN NFL analyst Bart Scott made waves yesterday by insinuating that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins was partially responsible for the injury that saw Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin collapse on the field due to cardiac arrest. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton viewed that opinion as preposterous.

A caller into Carton & Roberts tried to agree with Scott’s claim, before the hosts disagreed with the point.

“Look, with respect — I respect Bart — he played the game, you and I didn’t,” Carton said to co-host Evan Roberts. “But I watched, you’ve watched it a hundred times. There’s nothing wrong with what Tee Higgins did. And to try now to find blame in a situation that’s like a unicorn, that will most likely — knock on wood, at least — never happen again and hasn’t happened in the history of the NFL, to me, I think, I don’t wanna say outrageous but its kind of a sad attention grab. What did Tee Higgins do? He didn’t do anything wrong.”

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t even think it’s relevant to what happened,” Roberts argued.

“There’s nothing special — one way or the other — about the violence of the hit or the tackle,” Carton said. “So why are we looking to blame somebody for — what appears to be — a very unique situation that nobody could have seen coming? He didn’t spear him, he didn’t target him, it wasn’t a hit to the head, it wasn’t a hit with the head. It didn’t go against any of the many rules that are in place to protect players.”

Carton later admitted he didn’t hear the exact comments made by Scott, but reiterated his point that there doesn’t always have to be someone to blame for a situation. He added the focus should have remained on the personnel who rushed to save Hamlin’s life and not try find blame in blameless situation.

Roberts added that Higgins — in addition to being a football player — is a human being, and has likely been greatly affected by the situation.

“Everyone’s gotta make it about them,” Carton concluded. “That’s the world we live in now. Let me be the guy that’s out there, and instead of talking about what happened, you’re talking about me. That’s one of the worst parts of the media today. It’s just ‘Let me say something that makes me the story now’. And we’ve been watching that online last night, and all day today,” alluding to the reaction to the tweet from Skip Bayless that the FS1 host claims was misconstrued and misrepresented.

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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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