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Updated: 2017-10-20T09:53:05.870-05:00

 



could not believe in the LA market last week, CBS ...

2017-10-20T09:51:02.600-05:00

could not believe in the LA market last week, CBS was not carrying the afternoon main game pitts/KC, but instead two stations had local games. was sad to need to pay to go to a sports bar to watch.



The saga of Curt Schilling should have been includ...

2016-04-30T06:39:50.075-05:00

The saga of Curt Schilling should have been included in ESPN's week. This story, perhaps the most compelling of all.



"New York City also shows this trend, with WF...

2015-10-29T13:49:40.626-05:00

"New York City also shows this trend, with WFAN 660 showing a one-half point rating increase over the previous month during the Yankees run to the post-season. (This was The Fan's first season as Yankees radio flagship.")...

Second year as Yankees' radio flagship.



The Fantasy Sports field (from here on FFL) is hug...

2015-10-22T11:13:41.833-05:00

The Fantasy Sports field (from here on FFL) is huge and the NFL's lawyers really jumped into a quagmire without looking. When Congress set up the latest series of allowable gambling they looked at FFl and decided two things; 30 million people in North America play FFl. Not wanting to hack these people off they decided it really was OK for folks like me and you and our buds to play FFL and if we had a few bucks in the pot to keep it interesting, that was great.

So they set up the rules to say it was OK to gamble on FFL if you had a season long league. In other words you and me and our friends could have a FFL and charge an entry fee and so much per transaction or loss. My league for instance (our 11th year) we charge $25, $5 per loss and $5 per transaction. We usually split up about 1200.00 a year for 12 guys.

Well, the gambling sites such as Fan Duel and Draft Kings are NOT season long leagues but one week leagues. This would seem to be a clear violation of the rules Congress laid out. Nevada has recognized this but for purely different reasons. They are NOT making money of the FFL and that means fewer dollars spent in their casinos which keep Nevada alive and well.

If you go to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association site they spend pages defending their legal status. So much so it seems that "the lady protest too much."

Now who is going to tell the NFL, which has teams which have invested in these companies, they cannot do it. Remember when Congress exempted the NFL from certain laws it gave the NFL the right to be a Non-profit. Yes, the NFL is a non profit. The key to that was Congress insisted there would be NO Saturday NFL to interfere with college games.

Now if all this seems ludicrous to you, then you now understand the dilemma the NFL is facing and along with Congress has a lot of red on it's face.



How could you publish a weekly sports blog and not...

2015-09-26T15:59:50.274-05:00

How could you publish a weekly sports blog and not mention Boston? Good job actually.... finally!



I'm not surprised that a lot of sportscasts, s...

2015-01-07T18:17:06.445-06:00

I'm not surprised that a lot of sportscasts, stations, and networks compete against each other for a larger audience. I can imagine that sports radio programs must be suffering since less people listen to the radio and choose to watch sports programs on TV instead. I suppose that now that there are less people watching TV there are a number of sports fans who listen to sports radio programs on their way to work.
http://1037thegame.com



I really miss back when my dad would pick me up fr...

2014-12-05T17:18:31.460-06:00

I really miss back when my dad would pick me up from my baseball practice and he would have the talk radio going. It was nice to know what was going on in the realm of sports. I think it would be nice to get back into that. Sometimes it is good to take a break now and again from music and listen to the cold hard sports facts.

Zach | http://1037thegame.com



"it means that millions of "non sports&q...

2014-10-28T09:03:21.501-05:00

"it means that millions of "non sports" fans would have access to the four major broadcast networks' programming for around $25 per month, and can cut the cord with cable/satellite services. Their savings will be upwards of $100 to $150 per month in many cases."

These individuals would still have to have internet/data access in order to watch the broadcast streams so the savings would likely be only for the cable/satellite portion of the bill. If cable, I would assume that the cost of the internet portion would increase if the cable is unbundled. Although there would be savings, it's likely significantly less than $100-$150 month.



This is interesting! I think the Dodgers would be...

2014-07-31T17:51:40.259-05:00

This is interesting! I think the Dodgers would be taking a big risk if they switch radio stations. They could lose their "regulars," advertising, and a lot of money. That being said, if they do it right, they can gain all of the things I just mentioned. Like any other transition, this has the ability to go either way and I'm excited to see how it turns out.
Hickory | http://WLAD.com



Thanks for the nice comments. And glad to hear abo...

2014-02-13T08:24:01.373-06:00

Thanks for the nice comments. And glad to hear about the fast load. That's how they should ALL be. We should be complaining about the slow loads instead of singling out the "fast" ones! Enjoy!



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2014-02-13T03:11:51.711-06:00

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Good point, Anon. In support of that I'll add ...

2014-02-11T18:44:39.821-06:00

Good point, Anon. In support of that I'll add that taking Andy Mazur off the broadcasts was a big surprise to many. That means it is a clear cut case of somebody bringing in their own people regardless of circumstances.



Andy Masur being replaced with Angle is not coinci...

2014-02-11T18:22:18.637-06:00

Andy Masur being replaced with Angle is not coincidental.
The Padres new CEO, Mike Dee, last job was with the Dolphins. Angle was a Dolphins broadcaster.
It's a stupid move and should be a huge red flag to Padres ownership what they got themselves into with Dee.



Very nice informative article ...

2013-09-13T01:53:17.168-05:00

Very nice informative article ...



Excellent articles.. In a best site..Thank you for...

2013-02-25T14:25:03.641-06:00

Excellent articles.. In a best site..Thank you for your valuable info.



Good choices for this 2013. Success...

2013-02-06T11:07:47.635-06:00

Good choices for this 2013. Success...



I completely agree that the Sunday Night games hav...

2012-12-03T12:03:59.820-06:00

I completely agree that the Sunday Night games have been lacking lately with star power or good matchups and the Bears vs. Texans is exactly what was needed. I figured the Texans were getting better ratings this year and like you said they Chicago market is always there but much stronger when they are winning. I believe that is the first Sunday night football game I have watched in a month and I am a fan of neither team. It is hard to schedule so far ahead like they do and hope that things work out but sometimes they do. Hopefully for their sake it happens more often than not in the future and for everyone’s sake. I enjoy the posts you have on here. Great information provided!



Greeat Article!!

2012-11-30T12:46:43.193-06:00

Greeat Article!!



Dear Orioles fans, Stop your whining. Signed, N...

2012-05-11T16:11:41.789-05:00

Dear Orioles fans,

Stop your whining.

Signed,

NHL fans who have had to put up with NHL overtime games being cut short for Kentucky Derby and Preakness prerace coverage. Not a race, not a race, we're talking about prerace.

PS: In the age of DVR, even a prerecorded show is more "live" than you might think.



You say "Amazingly, the Minnesota Timberwolve...

2012-03-02T16:23:55.156-06:00

You say "Amazingly, the Minnesota Timberwolves, not exactly a threat to dominate the playoffs, have shown a strong increase as well." The Wolves have won 17 games in the first half of the season; they won 17 games ALL of last season. So, yeah, they may not make the playoffs, but they're WAY better than last year.



Corrected on June 30th.

2011-06-30T16:34:53.532-05:00

Corrected on June 30th.



You mean Riggleman was the manager of the National...

2011-06-30T16:10:05.776-05:00

You mean Riggleman was the manager of the Nationals? Or are you talking about Fredi Gonzalez?



I guess "Anonymous" is way too much of a...

2011-04-21T13:48:19.638-05:00

I guess "Anonymous" is way too much of a football fan and is oblivious to March Madness, MLB, NBA, and the NHL.

He or she also overlooked the references to multiple ratings books, and probably not aware that this issue has been addressed going back for months.

Of course, I welcome opinions on this, agree or disagree, especially from those who tell us who they are.



Major reach on your part to try and extrapolate an...

2011-04-21T09:22:47.078-05:00

Major reach on your part to try and extrapolate any bigger trend for all of sports radio from one ratings book. Beyond that, looking at 12+ as a way of judging health of sports stations is and always has been inane. WCNN's doing quite well in Atlanta - they're likely to be on a real FM (as opposed to a 50 watt translator) by the end of the year.

In all your blather here, did it ever occur to you that something's different this year that has nothing to do with sports radio? The NFL had become a 12 month a year topic. The labor mess is radio death to discuss because fans don't understand (or care to) the issues, they just want their football. There's been a clear dropoff in interest for the draft, with none of the usual trade rumors or excitement from free agent signings to stoke interest. I suspect summer numbers will be stronger than usual once the NFL product, not labor issues, becomes viable as a discussion point again.



low ratings are due to sports radio having turned ...

2011-04-20T17:51:30.406-05:00

low ratings are due to sports radio having turned into sports dork radio...insulting the listening audience, stringing the audience along for the whole show until they resolve the issue of the day..they lose the interest of the listener..there is plenty to talk about if you have the insight to investigate it rather than expect it to report itself..maybe blowhard radio is a better word for it..plus, radio is the theater of the mind and it has come face to face with the dumbing down of America...need i say more.??..