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Cubs and White Sox Begin New Radio Relationships

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Change requires adjustments. For this baseball season, that’s exactly what the broadcast teams for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox are facing. It’s the first time the two teams have switched radio stations since 1944.

The Cubs aired their games on WGN-AM 720 from 1959-2014 but CBS Radio secured the radio rights in 2015, moving the team’s games to WBBM. Although it wasn’t confirmed at the time, it was anticipated that when the White Sox deal ran out with 670 The Score after the 2015 season, the Cubs would be shifted to the sports talker for the remaining six years of the contract.

That move has been made, and the Cubs enter the 2016 season being featured on an all-sports station for the first time in club history. With that relationship comes a lot more chatter throughout the day, some of it positive, some of it negative.

Program Director Mitch Rosen explains how The Score will treat the situation. “We will respect them, but if there are critical plays or moves, of course, we’re going to weigh in. We’re in the opinion business.”

Meanwhile for WLS, airing White Sox games will be a new experience. Peter Bolger, the operations and program director for the radio station has created a sports staff with Connor McKnight and Rachel Brady to ramp up the coverage with the addition of the Sox and beginning with the 2016-17 season, the Bulls.

By carrying the Sox and Bulls, Bolger believes WLS will become more appealing to local listeners.

“We’re in the business where success depends on how many people we have in our tent,” Bolger said. “The Sox (and Bulls) brings us a whole new group of people.”

Ultimately, each station’s ratings will be affected by how the team’s perform on the field. As they say, winning takes care of everything.

Credit to the Chicago Tribune who originally published portions of this article

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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790 The Score Debuts In Providence

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Reportedly Scores $700K Advance For Nick Saban Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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