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Pat McMahon

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My New Year's resolution is to save money for good tickets to America's biggest sports events -- all of them played right here in the Valley of the Sun. Imagine a parlay like this: The Super Bowl right here in University of Phoenix Stadium in 2015, the championship of the 2016 College Football Playoff in 2016 and in 2017 a College Football Playoff semifinal all in the same domed venue.

Not enough big time sports events in the Phoenix metro area for you? Well, in addition to the possibility of the Suns, D-backs, Coyotes and Cardinals having an annual shot at their playoffs, an announcement is expected to be made some time in January about site choices for the NCAA basketball tournament's Final Four from 2017-2020.

We've never had it here and it's one of the most sought after attractions in all of sports. It's the Super Bowl of hoops, and Valley delegates are making their presentation this week. Hey Santa, I'll take an I.O.U. for any of them.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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