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Will Colin Cowherd Leave ESPN?

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Just a couple of days ago, the superconnected Jim Miller tweeted some interesting inside information on ESPN:

Time to rename Bristol “Crazy Town.” Latest @espn salary demands from talent (north of $7M) absurd. Skipper won’t tolerate such nonsense.

Seven million dollars? Wow. That’s amazing. Miller wouldn’t identify the person who made that demand, but made it clear who it wasn’t:

By the way, NOT@ESPN_Colin

What came next from Miller was even more interesting:

Believe it will be tough for @espn to keep @ESPN_Colin but if they give others crazy #’s it will put his deal out of reach for sure.

Now with Bill Simmons just about out of the door, one would think that the Worldwide Leader might just open the coffers for Cowherd’s whose contract is expiring at the end of this year. However, as ESPN decided to end its relationship with Simmons and chose not to relocate the Mike & Mike radio show to New York after making an announcement earlier this year, it seems that the network is going fiscal conservative.

Deadspin said back in May that Cowherd is itching to get out of ESPN to start a career in political commentary. Call it a reverse Keith Olbermann if you will.

But what do you call the recent move by ESPN to hire Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Jen Lada to join Cowherd’s radio show as a contributor and someone to spice up the program? Is it a way to placate him and give him someone to spar with? Or is ESPN Radio preparing to find a new personality who could possibly replace him when he leaves?

And while Cowherd explores his options, is a move back to the West Coast in the cards? As Cowherd was doing a show in Portland, OR before moving east for ESPN, there are rumblings that he might want to move his show to Los Angeles.

But is that demand part of some posturing and is Cowherd preparing to exit the company? It would make for the second high-profile departure from ESPN this year.

And while “As Bill Simmons Turns” continues to be one of the hotly followed sports media stories of the year, “Where in the World Will Colin Cowherd Land” might be a close second. As usual, we’ll monitor the story through its conclusion.

Credit to Awful Announcing who originally published this article

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Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio Celebrate Anniversary on 94 WIP

“Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”

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Logo for WIP Middays with Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio
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94 WIP hosts Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio celebrated their one-year anniversary as the midday show in Philadelphia today. Following Angelo Cataldi’s retirement in 2023 and the subsequent move of DeCamara and Ritchie taking his place in mornings, Douglas and Giglio formed the station’s new midday show.

Giglio started the show, “Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”

Douglas, who had been part of the morning show at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta prior to starting with Giglio on 94 WIP, had mixed emotions. He was excited for the show, but was also reminded that he had been in Philadelphia now for a full year and had yet to find his permanent place to live. Giglio said he believes the reasoning is simply Douglas’ attention to the show and nothing else.

Giglio took a moment to thank those who help with and listen to the show. “We appreciate everyone who has been a part of the show for the last year,” he said. “We are excited for the next year to get started.”

Douglas played in the NFL for ten years, spending time with the Jets, Eagles and Jaguars.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Extend with Latino Media Network in LA; Add Coverage in Las Vegas and Fresno

“As a lifelong Latina Dodgers fan, this collaboration is a dream come true,” said LMN founder Stephanie Valencia.

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Latino Media Network announced a new partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers which will extend their current agreement in LA and add coverage in both Las Vegas and Fresno.

According to a release from the company, Dodger games will continue to broadcast on the flagship Los Angeles based KTNQ 1020 AM, but will now also expand the broadcast to KLLE 107.9 FM in Fresno and KISF 103.5 FM HD2 in Las Vegas, increasing the team’s reach to more than three million Hispanic potential Dodger fans. Beyond the expanded markets, the new partnership between Latino Media Network and the Dodgers will include more team and sports programming and increased community-based events.

“As a lifelong Latina Dodgers fan, this collaboration is a dream come true,” said LMN founder Stephanie Valencia. “This partnership is beyond baseball – it is about our Latino community. There is arguably no more dedicated Latino fan base to any other team in the MLB than Latinos to Los Doyers and that is in great part to KTNQ, which has been a part of Dodgers history for decades. KTNQ is still how thousands of Latino families listen to Dodger baseball, and I am excited to help expand the Dodgers fan base in a meaningful way in what will be such a historic year for the team.”

“The Dodgers’ history in the Latino community is without parallel in the world of sports, and that includes broadcasts in Spanish dating back to the 1950s and the franchise’s arrival in Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles Dodgers Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen. “We could not be more pleased to team up with LMN not only to extend this arrangement but also expand it on a geographical and programming level. This partnership is great for the Dodgers, great for baseball and most importantly, great for our community.”

LMN’s roster of sports teams include the Miami Marlins, Miami Heat, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire, Chicago Blackhawks, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Christian University.

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Gregg Giannotti: Ryan Clark Wants to “Work Less and Get Paid More”

“If I was an executive, why would I ever hire him? He’s been fantastic, but if I was the one writing the checks…why am I going to pay him for what he did and not what he’s going to do now?”

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Last week, former NFL player Ryan Clark posted on his X account about his contract status with ESPN. Then, over the weekend, another post made it clear his contract has now expired with ESPN, where he has worked for the last decade.

“I’m so grateful for the decade of work they allowed me to do on the world’s greatest sports platform,” Clark said in his second post.

Where Clark ends up remains to be seen, however, what appears to be clear from his social posts is he is expecting to get paid more than his last contract with ESPN and he would like to put in less work.

“This started three years ago,” Clark says in the video. “[Clark’s deal with ESPN] wasn’t what [he] wanted. I realized I had to do more. Honestly, I felt played. I felt like I deserved something that they didn’t feel like I deserved. And I said, ‘In three years, I’ll be the best in the world doing this, that there will be no stone left unturned, I’ll leave no doubt that there was nobody in the world that was like me.’ I went on every show they put me on and made sure I crushed. So now here we are again, the season’s over, Inside the NFL is finished, and someone’s gotta pay the piper.”

On Boomer & Gio this morning, Gregg Giannotti was joined by Jerry Recco as Boomer Esiason takes some time off. The two discussed the social posts and videos as ‘Gio’ said Clark had, “Put out this hype video about his broadcasting free agency, which is something I have never seen before.”

Giannotti noted he has a bit of a history with Ryan Clark, who was a weekly guest of his when both were in Pittsburgh. According to Giannotti, Clark once called in and said he was sick and could not do the weekly visit and then showed up on a national radio show. Despite that, Giannotti and Recco both said they believe Clark is excellent at what he does and might deserve more money, however, this video did him no favors.

“Not only is this hype video and him feeling himself too much a turn off, but he just bascially said he did all of his work already,” said Giannotti. “And now he wants to get paid for the work that he did, but he wants to work less and make more money.”

Recco replied, “If I was an executive, why would I ever hire him? He’s been fantastic, but if I was the one writing the checks…why am I going to pay him for what he did and not what he’s going to do now?”

Giannotti added, “I had never in my life seen something like that, from a player, much less a broadcaster…I understand that he has done a really nice job and he is going to be a hot commodity and a lot of guys are getting paid in this business and he’ll probably get paid, but if I was someone that was going to hire him I would be like…’I like everything about you but this thing’…I don’t like this video at all…I have never seen anything like it.”

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