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WGR Extends Deals With The Buffalo Bills and Sabres

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Entercom Buffalo and Pegula Sports and Entertainment have agreed to extend their long-standing broadcast partnership between WGR Sportsradio 550 and the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres through the 2020-21 Seasons. The announcement extends a play-by-play relationship with one of the most passionate and loyal fan bases in pro sports.

Entercom Buffalo VP/GM Greg Ried called the deal a win/win for both organizations. “WGR is delighted to extend our partnership with Pegula Sports and Entertainment in carrying the Bills and Sabres play-by-play and additional programming. The Bills and Sabres are Western New York’s passion and an important element of this community. It is a privilege to work with Pegula Sports and Entertainment and their world-class team of professionals. They have both the success of our teams and the success of our community at heart.” With the new agreement Entercom will be expanding and adding positions in its WGR Sports Marketing Department.

“Entercom has been a tremendous radio partner to us and we are pleased to extend our relationship,” said PSE COO Russ Brandon, who serves as president of both the Bills and Sabres. “Continuing to unite Bills and Sabres radio properties on one network best serves the needs of our passionate fans, as we move forward as One Buffalo. We’re excited to continue working with WGR as we pursue the same goal of providing a one-stop shop for all sports radio coverage in Buffalo.”

The WGR Bills and Sabres radio networks are collectively heard on more than 20 radio stations across New York State, Northwestern Pennsylvania, and Southern Ontario. John Murphy, Mark Kelso, and Sal Cappacio will continue as the Bills Broadcast Team. Rick Jeanneret, Dan Dunleavy, and Rob Ray remain as the Sabres radio team.

In addition to being the official flagship station for the teams, WGR will continue to air Sabres Hockey Hotline on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon, with hosts Andrew Peters and Craig Rivet. The Bills-themed John Murphy show, with Murphy and former Buffalo Bill, Donald Jones, can now be heard from noon to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Both shows will also be simulcasted on MSG television.

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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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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

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 Will Make $700k Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher 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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