Zach McCrite Talks About the Drama that Appeals to Sports Fans

Sports Gal Pal Podcast Episode 004 - Zach McCrite talks about the drama of sports

The Franchise OK‘s Zach McCrite joined the Sports Gal Pal podcast to discuss the dramatic nature of sports. Zach is the host of his own show, The Zach McCrite Show, and the host of the Podcast About Sports Radio. Zach started his own podcast because he wanted to learn more about sports radio from industry experts.

What We Learned this Week:

#GalPalNation really stepped up and helped the podcast:

  • appear on the front page
  • get noticed in New & Noteworthy on iTunes

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 9.01.03 AMThis happened because of great reviews and people sharing the show.

Interview of the Week: Zach McCrite

A podcast about sports radio gave me the confidence to do this show – Zach McCrite wanted to learn from his industry’s best voices so he started a podcast about sports radio. Now he is getting great advice from some of sports radio’s biggest starts including  Colin Cowherd, Jorge Sedano and Tony Bruno who is on BlogTalkRadio.

Here are some of the big topics Ramona and Zach spoke about:

  • The journey into fandom is playing the sports that fans actually love to watch
    • Women under the age of 50 actually enjoy sports more – and it could be because of Title IX
    • Why aren’t there more avenues to play football for women?
      • Utah – all-girls tackle league. The NFL is realizing
      • fastest growing fan base for the NFL
      • social topics are sometimes tough for a sports host to talk about from a perspective outside of their own experiences
      • what is the NFL going to do about the concussion issue? Will they be able to justify promoting playing football in order to protect the talent pool of the sports?
  • The drama of the NFL – what else is going to happen in the NFL
    • Zach uses the soap opera analogy with men – men are no different than women when it comes to wanting to watch drama they just love it wrapped up in sports
  • Why is sports radio still a guy product?
    • Zach’s theory is this: sports radio demographic that radio companies aim to his is men 25-54 – there are bonuses for host who his high ratings for this market. There are no other demographics have to hit
    • advertisers sell to just a demographic – and companies know that going in – they tailor the advertising for that demographic
    • program directors are going to look for someone to relate which is going to be men 25-54 and I’m going to have that guy make that demographic start listening
  • What advice can he give to women who wants to learn about sports
    • he doesn’t care if you know the Xs and Os –
    • ask – ask questions and learn more – find people in your life to ask questions
  • what advice can you give to women who are sports widows?
    • for Zach marriage is a give and take and sometimes you need to give the sports fans in your life
      • your partner should want to do things to make you happy
      • you might not like watching sports on TV but you might love to see them live
      • you might love the drama of the news – maybe follow the news of what is going on
      • guys can get into stuff their wives want to watch
      • if you are agreeable to a good give and take situation you might get into it also
    • if you can give up part of your time for your husband sake your husband will love you and you might start loving sports too – plus guys might like what you love too

To connect with Zach McCrite: The Podcast About Sports Radio

Question of the Week

This week Kyle from Montana wrote to the Sports Gal Pal and asked her opinion about Hope Solo and the fact that she continues to play in the Women’s World Cup while other athletes like Ray Rice and  Greg Hardy have been suspended from playing.

Here is what the Sports Gal Pal thinks: it is an absolute double standard and Hope Solo should be removed from the women’s team.

Here are some of the background about each of these professional athletes:

  • On February 15, 2014, Ray Rice and his then fiancée (now wife) Janay Palmer were arrested and charged with assault after a physical altercation at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rice and Palmer were both highly intoxicated during the incident.
  • Celebrity news website TMZ posted a video of Rice dragging Palmer out of an elevator after apparently knocking her out.
  • On March 27, 2014, a grand jury indicted Rice on third-degree aggravated assault, with a possible jail sentence of three to five years and a fine of up to $15,000. The criminal charges were later dropped after Rice agreed to undergo court-supervised counseling.
  • For the incident, Rice was originally suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season. The media and fan response was so negative – but it increased when a new video (obtained and released by TMZ) of what occurred before Rice dragged Palmer out of the elevator. The video showed Rice punching Palmer. After this video was released the Baltimore Ravens officially released Rice from his contract and the NFL set about reviewing and changing it’s current policy on how to handle personnel and players who are accussed and found guilty of domestic violence.

Because of the Rice incident both Dallas Cowboys’ Greg Hardy (who currently faces a 10-game suspension from his arrest in 2014 for domestic violence) and Minnesota Vikings’ Adrianne Peterson sat out the 2014 season.  The NFL is currently working with groups to help prevent domestic violence and to help create more awareness for the issue.

Here’s what has happened to Hope Solo, the star goalie for the United States National Women’s Soccer Team:

  • Solo was arrested and charged with assault after a June 2014 incident where is was accused of attacking her half-sister and nephew.
  • She plead not guilty and was only out one game from the Seattle Reign FC which is part of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). In fact Solo was allowed to finish out her season through the end of 2014.
  • The case still isn’t resolved. On December 30, 2014 the judge in the case wanted more testimony from both the defendants and the accusing victims. Solo’s half-sister and nephew did not cooperate and because of this technicality the charges again Solo were dropped in January 2015.
  • Solo claimed she was defending herself from an attack by her nephew, who is 6’9″ tall in an ABC News interview. However, prosecutors have filed an appeal with the Superior Court of Washington. Prosecutors are scheduled to file their argument by July 13, 2015 with the defense due to respond by Aug. 10, 2015. Oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 11, 2015
  • An ESPN report was released on June 7 given more information about the case – including one of the alleged victims – Solo’s half-sister telling her account of the incident.
  • Solo is currently playing with Team USA and while National Soccer officials claim that they have investigated the incident there are a ton of questions from the media about the thoroughness of the report.

Hope Solo is arguably one of the most recognizable faces of women’s soccer in the US. She is one of the highest paid female athletes with endorsement deals that have included Seiko, Simple Skincare, Nike, BlackBerry, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Gatorade – in fact she also had a one-year deal with Bank of America and has been featured in a SportsCenter ad.

And right now she’s playing soccer, representing the US on an international stage and female athletes everywhere – and I have to wonder why the double standard – and why aren’t more sponsors, fans, and media calling for Solo to step down. Is it because of Solo is a woman or is it because women’s athletic competition isn’t as popular – after all what sport is more popular in the US than the NFL?

I think the biggest reasons are we all saw the video of Ray Rice dragging a lifeless Janay Parker out of that elevator. If that video did not exist the two-game suspension would have stood, Greg Hardy would probably still be at Carolina – and I doubt many people outside of serious football fans would know about the two incidents.

So you’re right it is a double standard and I personally believe that Solo should be removed from the team – but I have to think, and it’s sad but because women’s soccer is one of the few “female-based” sporting events that gets serious attention from the sport’s world that’s the reason maybe the hard questions aren’t getting asked.

Just because it’s a “female-based” sport doesn’t mean that it’s players should be excluded from the conversation of athletes and violence. But each league is privately owned and should have its own rules. I just think what a great example to the thousands of women and girls watching to say violence from anyone is wrong – it doesn’t matter what your gender is.

Some basic facts for all of us to remember about domestic violence in the United States:

  • The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war.
  • over 38 million women in the US will experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 4 The number of women who will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 7 The number of men who will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.

It doesn’t matter if the violence comes from a male or woman – if you are in a dangerous situation get out – get help. You can visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline to find resources and help.
If you have a question about sports or how to handle the sports fan in your life or you want to know more about a specific aspect of sports let me know – send an email to and it could be answered on the air!



About the author, Ramona

Single mom trying to figure out her own sports fandom on her own terms. She writes and podcasts about what it means to be a sports fan.

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