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Under The Radar – February 20, 2017

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Here’s the latest news from the world of sports radio and television. To pass along a news story, tip, or press release, email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

With Jay Mohr gone from FOX Sports Radio, the network has a hole in its weekday lineup. Phil Mushnick of the New York Post reported last week that Doug Gottlieb would soon fill the hole, joining the radio network, and FOX Sports 1. The move would make a lot of sense for both Gottlieb and FOX. Assuming it comes together it would leave a vacancy in the CBS Sports Radio Network lineup. Nothing has officially been announced yet.

Toronto sports radio veteran Mike Richards is launching a new website which will serve as the home for his new show. Richards says his debut broadcast will take place on April 12th, the first day of the NHL playoffs.

104.3 The Fan in Denver is expected to make a decision soon on a host to work opposite Brandon Stokley. The station has been reviewing applicants and trying to wind down its process.

With Jim Rome off for President’s Day, Marc James will step in on the the CBS Sports Radio Network, and host Monday’s program.

Former Sirius XM College Sports Nation program director T.J. Cutini has joined Westwood One as a producer and news editor.

After spending the past few years producing Rob Dibble‘s show on 97.9 ESPN in Hartford, Chrissy Paradis has decided to leave the radio station. She says she’s interested in continuing to produce. To reach her via Twitter click here. The station is looking for her replacement, and the opening has been posted in our Jobs section.

Spencer Ray is leaving 730 The Game in Lansing, Michigan where he’s worked as a producer in order to join the ESPN Radio network in Bristol, CT.

In Chicago, Sean Freedberg has been named a producer at 670 The Score.

Congratulations is in order for Tom Ackerman who recently signed a new contract to remain the Sports Director at KMOX in St. Louis. Ackerman has been the station’s SD since 2009.

105.7FM The Fan in Milwaukee has brought back its motor sports show Final Inspection. The show airs Saturday’s at Noon and features Steve Zautke and a mix of well-seasoned contributors. Jeff Orloski will produce the show and offer observations and opinions as well.

ESPN 97.5 afternoon host Fred Faour shared some exciting personal news on social media on Friday. Faour says terms have been agreed to and plans are being finalized to develop a movie version of his novel, “Jesus Just Left Chicago“.

SB Nation Radio host and former ESPN and SEC Network reporter Kayce Smith has accepted a new opportunity with CSN New England. She’s expected to join the Boston sports television channel at the end of the month.

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Industry Analyst Predicts Crypto Will Surpass Gambling In Sports World

Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year.

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Industry insiders have believed for quite a while that sports betting was the future for sponsorship and advertisement revenue, but it appears that there is a new venture on the rise that is quickly surpassing it.

Crypto.com made a huge statement in purchasing the Staples Center in what will be known as Crypto.com Arena come Christmas Day.

SponsorUnited Founder and President Bob Lynch believes that there is no doubt that Crypto and Blockchain will far exceed sports betting as the premiere revenue money maker for the sports industry over the next decade.

“They’re essentially buying equity,” which would be particularly valuable in an industry that is still widely doubted, Lynch said on Crypto.com’s purchase of the arena. “The Lakers and Clippers have global exposure, media value and mentions that give instant brand legitimacy with top-of-mind awareness through national/global TV exposure,”

Crypto has already started to push its way into major advertisements for key events in the world of sports. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX purchased an ad in this upcoming Super Bowl, and already has the backing of the biggest star in professional football. Tom Brady has an equity stake in the company.

Crypto.com is already the sponsor of FOX‘s college football studio show, Big Noon Kickoff, on top of running ads during broadcasts of the game as well.

Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year. It seems that the possibilities are endless for crypto within the sports landscape. While sports gambling certainly isn’t going away from the public eye, it could be overtaken by crypto in terms of ad spending and sponsorship visibility very soon.

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Colin Cowherd: Lincoln Riley At USC Is Good For Networks

“Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches.”

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Colin Cowherd is a self-professed college football fan. When the sport is interesting, he talks about it. The sport may never be more interesting than when the coaching carousel is spinning.

On Mondy’s edition of The Herd on FS1 and FOX Sports Radio, Cowherd dove in on USC’s hire of Lincoln Riley. He says that it is good for college football that Riley left Oklahoma for Los Angeles.

“My phone blew up yesterday, not only because people know I’m kind of a USC honk, but network people,” Cowherd said. “They’re like ‘do you understand how big this is for networks?’”.

Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches. He noted that when USC lost to Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl, ABC scored a 22.5 rating in the city.

“The networks want USC to be good. You know why? Because New York, DC, and Boston have never watched college football. Chicago does and LA does. So the Big Ten being good is good for college football TV ratings. But LA doesn’t watch college football anymore. They will now.”

As for the hard times USC has fallen on and been stuck in mostly since Pete Carroll bolted for the NFL, Cowherd is not particularly worried. He pointed out that Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame were all down before they hired the right coach. Programs at the blue blood level in the sport have a way of bouncing back quickly.

Network executives are hoping Cowherd’s assessment is correct. USC is the only brand on the West Coast capable of resonating on a national level.

The Los Angeles sports landscape has changed though. When USC was a celebrity program under Pete Carroll, the city did not have an NFL team. Now it has two. The Dodgers were not annual contenders in Major League Baseball. The Lakers had stars, but the Clippers didn’t. Now both do.

Does LA love college football enough for the Trojans to turn some heads in the city with the most stars in the sports world?

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Pat McAfee’s Wife Shares Couple’s Pregnancy Struggles

“Saying that now the couple is no longer able to conceive naturally, Samantha went on to tell her followers that she and Pat will be pursuing in vitro fertilization when they are ready.”

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As hard as it can be as a celebrity, or as the spouse of a celebrity or popular media figure, to keep your personal life private and out of the limelight, sometimes it can be uplifting to put your personal struggles out there for all to see.

Enter Samantha McAfee, the wife of popular sports radio host Pat McAfee. Samantha took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to share a heartbreaking update on the couple’s journey to conceiving a child.

“On Tuesday, I had what we thought was a ‘normal’ miscarriage, it was painful and miserable,” Samantha wrote in part. “However, Saturday morning I woke up in extreme pain so Patrick took me to the ER. They found that I had internal bleeding again due to the pregnancy being in my (fallopian) tube and it had burst. I needed emergency surgery to remove my remaining tube.”

Samantha shared that this was not the first time she had experienced complications in the beginning weeks of a pregnancy. She said she had her right fallopian tube removed in 2020 due to an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy where a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus.

Saying that now the couple is no longer able to conceive naturally, Samantha went on to tell her followers that she and Pat will be pursuing in vitro fertilization when they are ready.

Additionally, McAfee noted that the point of her sharing the update was to give others who may be going through similar difficulties hope, but to also shed a light on the reality of fertility issues and emphasize that she will have a child someday.

“I KNOW I WILL BE A MOTHER somehow some way, I know Patrick and I will be the best parents we can be whenever the universe thinks it’s the right time,” she said.

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