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Francesa Addresses Future At WFAN

“Although Francesa said “outright lies” are being reported, he did confirm his future with WFAN is in question and a co-host is a possibility.”

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Two days after Andrew Marchand reported WFAN tried to pry Adam Schein from SiriusXM to their afternoon show for a second time, the timeslot’s placeholder, Mike Francesa tweeted he was going to address the rumors.  Three hours later, Francesa carried out his Twitter plan and commented on what he clarified as “outrageous misinformation and outright lies.” 

In a trilogy of Tweets, Francesa stated he hasn’t signed a long-term deal with WFAN, but “If I stay I would consider adding another person to the program.” Although Francesa said “outright lies” are being reported, he did confirm his future with WFAN is in question and a co-host is a possibility.

Recently, Francesa’s on-air gaffs have received more attention than the hard-hitting takes, interviews and breaking news stories New York sports fans grew accustomed to. Adding a new voice could light a fire under Francesa, while also helping develop a plan for when he leaves WFAN a second time. With Mike admitting he told the company he would “consider adding another person to the program,” it begs the question of who the second voice might be?

As Marchand reported last week, SiriusXM’s Adam Schein is no longer a possibility to join WFAN. Another SiriusXM employee and familiar WFAN voice, Christopher Mad Dog Russo’s SiriusXM contract is set to expire soon, but according to Marchand the two sides are nearing an extension. Russo signed a three-year deal with the satellite radio company in September 2016.

Over the weekend Bob Raissman of the Daily News reported WFAN reached out to Max Kellerman for a second time. Kellerman signed a multi-year deal with ESPN in December, but during their first recruitment, WFAN was willing to let him continue working on First Take, while also hosting their afternoon radio show.

NFL Network reporter and part-time WFAN host, Kim Jones turned down the opportunity to replace Francesa over a year ago, but would she be interested in being his radio partner? Francesa has long-respected Jones, relying on her as a source for college football and NFL news. Their at times opposite perspectives, most notably about Odell Beckham Jr. could make for a fun radio dynamic.

The most commonly mentioned candidate is WFAN overnight host John Jastremski. Since Francesa returned to WFAN last spring, he’s treated JJ as protégé, also making him one of the most featured contributors to the Mike’s On App. Jastremski would offer an infusion of enthusiasm to the WFAN afternoon show, but the Sports Pope would need to view him as an equal, rather than his disciple.

The other hurdle with Francesa’s future remains the Mike’s On App.  Entercom owning WFAN while dually being involved in Francesa’s app complicates any potential split.

When Mike retired from WFAN in 2017, the then 63-year old wanted to spend more time with his family and less time working five days a week.  Since ending his four-month retirement, not only is Francesa back to hosting a radio show Monday through Friday, he also needs to stay active on social media and the Mike’s-On App, essentially increasing his workload.  

By no longer offering three hours of free content on WFAN each weekday, Francesa could work less and provide his subscribers with a more valuable product. We already saw Francesa struggle with giving up WFAN’s prime real estate once, is the Mike’s On App a big enough platform to make him try signing off again?

Mike still has no time frame for remaining with WFAN and a co-host isn’t out of the question. While Francesa called Marchand’s New York Post report out for being inaccurate, his Tweets addressing the topic didn’t seem to offer any finalities.     

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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