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PR: Houston Roughnecks Announce Broadcast Partner ESPN 97.5

We reported on John Granato being part of the Houston Roughnecks radio play-by-play team several weeks ago. Now it has been confirmed by the league.

For Immediate Release:

January 29, 2020

XFL’s Houston Roughnecks Announce Broadcast Partnership with ESPN 97.5

HOUSTON – The XFL Houston Roughnecks have announced an agreement with Houston-based Gow Media that will make ESPN 97.5 (KFNC-FM) the team’s flagship radio partner and home of the Roughnecks for the 2020 XFL season.

Fans can listen to Roughnecks games, home and away, on ESPN 97.5 and the station will feature pre-game and post-game shows. ESPN 97.5’s John Granato will handle play-by-play duties, while KRIV-TV sports reporter Nate Griffin, will provide expert commentary.

“Our partnership with Gow Media and ESPN 97.5 will help us build our fanbase and connect with the community,” said Roughnecks President Brian Michael Cooper. “John and Nate are two of the most respected and knowledgeable broadcasters in the market, and we’re excited to have them in the booth calling Roughnecks games in 2020.”

Granato works mornings as one-half of ESPN 97.5’s morning show, The Bench, with Lance Zierlein. Griffin serves as general assignment reporter and sports analyst for KRIV-TV and can be seen on the FOX 26 Morning News.

“We are excited to partner with the Houston Roughnecks and the XFL,” says David Gow, CEO of Gow Media. “The on-air product will be fun and engaging for listeners, especially with the team of Granato and Griffin.”


The Houston Roughnecks begin their 10-game regular-season schedule on Saturday, February 8 when they host the Los Angeles Wildcats at 4 p.m. Home games will be played at TDECU Stadium on the University of Houston campus.

Season and single-game tickets are available for purchase online at,, or by calling 713-589-8687.

Houston Roughnecks 2020 Schedule

Feb. 8 Los Angeles Wildcats, FOX, 4 p.m.

Feb. 16 St. Louis Battlehawks, FS1, 5 p.m.

Feb. 22 at Tampa Bay Vipers, ABC, 1 p.m.

Mar. 1 at Dallas Renegades, FS1, 3 p.m.

Mar. 7 Seattle Dragons, ABC, 1 p.m.

Mar. 14 at New York Guardians, ABC, 1 p.m.

Mar. 22 DC Defenders, FS1, 5 p.m.

Mar. 29 at Los Angeles Wildcats, ABC, 2 p.m.

Apr. 2 Dallas Renegades, FOX, 7 p.m.

Apr. 11 at Seattle Dragons, ABC, 1 p.m.

All Home Games at TDECU Stadium • All times CT

About The XFL

The XFL reimagines football for the 21st century when it kicks off the weekend of February 8- 9, 2020. The new league is committed to delivering a fan-centric, innovative experience, including fast-paced games, and a family-friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement.

The XFL features teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C.

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