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Sighs of relief are sweeping the basketball fandom universe this week as NBA training camp begins.

This means LeBron James is surely readying his pregame chalk toss and Riley Curry, daughter of league MVP Stephen Curry is about prime for a new round of postgame press conference ubercuteness.

And somewhere in Manhattan, Gerald Brown and Howard “Howie Cee” Cowart are prepping for it all and plan to use their SiriusXM radio program, “The Bottom Line Sports Show” to fuse sports fans and their favorite athletes, giving them a chance to get to know the players behind the jerseys.

Each Saturday and Sunday morning, Brown and Coward bring their basketball fan listeners to their local barbershop-style broadcast sitdown chat, a diversion from the cable network sports fare many are used to.

It’s become a favorite stop for famous athletes who tend to mixup their sports chatter just like the rest of us. Those who have graced the satellite airwaves on Bottom Line Sports include Deion Sanders, Dwyane Wade, Damian Lillard, Nas, Cedric The Entertainer, Chris Paul, Isiah Thomas and Scottie Pippen.

The show initially began in the basement of Brown’s northern New Jersey home in 2006 in response to the disconnect between athletes and journalists, it’s been a hit. “We started asking questions that we as fans wanted to know as opposed to the mundane questions from journalists,” Brown told Ebony.

A ballboy for the New York Knicks in his childhood, the rapport that he developed with athletes back then still translates years later. That said, the experience makes the show rich in content is by digging deep into conversations and debate. Topics range from whether Kobe Bryant is better than LeBron James, to the tug-of-war over which film was best: “Friday” or “Next Friday,” to whether Frankie Beverly and Maze could still be relevant in 2015.

The show has an added punch. Orlando Magic legend Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway and retired Knicks and Bulls bruiser Charles Oakley ride with Gerald and Howie as the show’s executive producers. The two deliver their own segments like “Penny For Your Thoughts” and “Café Oakley.”

“They’re very knowledgable and they speak the truth,” Hardaway told Ebony. “They don’t try to hammer anybody and gauge guys and make guys feel like less than what they are. It’s barbershop talk for real.”

‘Bottom Line’ recently got some love locally, where the dream all started: New York City. Brown and Cowart recently did some fill-in duty on ESPN Radio’s Hahn & Humpty Show. It’s not a permanent gig, but it is a bi-product of the hard work and diligence their team put in.

“We’re going to continue to keep striving and chasing our dreams,” said Brown. “To this point they have come true.” Dial in to the Bottom Line Sports Show every Saturday and Sunday mornings on Sirius/XM NBA Radio.

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107.5 The Fan To Present Stage Show in June

“Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning.”

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All four local weekday hosts from 107.5 The Game in Indianapolis will take part in a live stage show next month. The event, titled A Night in the Fan Cave, will take place at the Indiana Historical Society.

Kevin Bowen Jake Query, Dan Dakich, and JMV will be on stage to talk sports, tell a few jokes and take listener questions.

Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning. For $65, fans get access to the show and free food and beverages. There will also be a pre-show reception and a chance afterward for attendees to take pictures with the 107.5 The Fan crew.

A Night in the Fan Cave is presented by Forum Credit Union. The preshow reception is presented by Larceny and Evan Williams Bourbon.

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Jim Nantz: ‘Players Are Realizing Being In A Top NFL Booth Is A Big Deal’

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Much has been made in the media about Tom Brady joining the NFL on FOX booth after his playing days are over. The majority opinion has been that Brady won’t succeed.

But if you ask Jim Nantz, Brady is going to be a home run.

“He’ll be very well prepared. That goes without saying,” Nantz told Rich Eisen on Tuesday. “I think he’ll be very good. I don’t have any question about it.”

Nantz speaks from having spent the last five seasons alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at CBS. Romo has been widely praised for his analytical skills and abilit

“I’m thrilled that he’s going to have a voice in the sport,” Nantz continued. “I think what’s happened here recently is that everybody has realized that that platform, being an elite analyst on one of the very few, handful of packages in the NFL, it’s a big deal. And you’re extremely relevant and people are listening to everything you say. And Tom will be up to the challenge.

“I never had a doubt that he would be a genius at this. I had a friendship with Tony that went back many years before the arranged marriage by CBS that put us in the booth together.

“I don’t pull against anybody. I’m not trying to outsmart, outdo this. We’re just trying to be the best that we can be, and I just like our situation of having the chance to work 21 weeks a year together having fun conversing, looking at one another face-to-face.”

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Andre Knott Joins ESPN Cleveland

“Knott is no stranger to Cleveland sports fans. He is currently an in-game reporter covering the Guardians for Bally Sports Ohio. He is also a contributor to FOX 8 locally.”

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ESPN Cleveland has added Andrew Knott to fill a variety of roles for the station. He will join the station’s content team and contribute both on air and online.

“I’m excited and can’t wait to go back to 850 ESPN Cleveland,” Andre Knott said in a press release. “Not only will I be talking sports but working with some of my favorite people in our business.”

Knott is no stranger to Cleveland sports fans. He is currently an in-game reporter covering the Guardians for Bally Sports Ohio. He is also a contributor to FOX 8 locally. Prior to that he was part of the Browns Radio Network.

“Andre adds great experience and personality, and he is an incredible storyteller,” said Matt Fishman, Director of Content, ESPN Cleveland. “He also helps to encourage the development of teammates newer to the industry, and we look forward to seeing him do that at ESPN Cleveland.”

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