What a nice week for professional sports, and recent developments in Orlando are just icing on the cake. Michael Vick gets sentenced to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation on his own property and executing a few “losers” along the way. The first year coach of the Atlanta Falcons, former college reputed offensive genius Bobby Petrino, quits his NFL team with 3 games left in the season to take the head coaching job at Arkansas–was it that important that he be there for their bowl game appearance? And today former Sen. George Mitchell revealed the results of baseball’s multi-million dollar investigation into steroid use over the last decade plus, naming over 80 players (which sounds like a lot but is still only 1 – 2% of all players during that time period, far below Canseco’s estimates) including Bonds (of course), Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Miguel Tejada, Eric Gagne, and Paul LoDuca. Curiously Mitchell–who’s on the board of the Boston Red Sox–named no currrent Red Sox players in his report. Can you say conflict of interest?
Anyway, Central Florida seems to be doing its part to add to these frustrating developments (besides the Magic’s horrendous play of late and the fact that half their games are still not televised to over 850,000 Brighthouse cable customers in Orlando). It was recently revealed that one of our two sports-talk radio stations, WQTM 740 “The Team,” will be changing to a Spanish format beginning next month. A couple of their programs, Dan Sileo and “The Finish Line” with Jerry O’Neill and The Shot Doctor, will be moving down the AM dial to 540 WFLA. But 540 won’t be offering a 24-hour sorts talk format which means this market will no longer get nationally syndicated hosts like Dan Patrick, Jim Rome, and J.T. The Brick. It also means that the only sports-talk station in town will be ESPN radio on WHOO 1080 AM, which has such a weak signal that I can’t even pick it up at night in my car or at home. Clear Channel Communications strikes again–way to go!