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Report: Bob McCown To Exit SportsNet 590 In Toronto

“An iconic member of Canada’s sports media for over 40 years, Bob “Bobcat” McCown has been the primary host of Prime Time Sports since 1989, rated number 1 in sports radio for the larger part of three decades.”

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Although no official statement has been made by SportsNet or Bob McCown, Toronto Sports Media, @yyzsportsmedia announced Canada’s premiere sports radio host will be leaving The Fan 590 by the end of this week.  Toronto Sports Media’s Twitter account, which is no stranger to breaking local media stories, first stated on Tuesday that this could be McCown’s final week on Prime Time Sports and confirmed their initial report on Wednesday.

An iconic member of Canada’s sports media for over 40 years, Bob “Bobcat” McCown has been the primary host of Prime Time Sports since 1989, rated number 1 in sports radio for the larger part of three decades.  If this is indeed the end of McCown’s tenure as a weekday sports radio host, it’s been a legendary career for the industry pioneer. 

In December, 2017, McCown signed a “multi-year extension” to remain with SportsNet 590, although the exact number of years was not reported.  Just over a year ago, and two months after McCown signed his extension, Prime Time Sports, which broadcasts from 4 – 7pm, retooled the show by adding John Shannon, Richard Deitsch and Stephen Brunt. 

In an atypical radio format, Shannon joins McCown on Prime Time Sports during the 4pm hour only, with Deitsch and Brunt being brought into the studio to partner with Bobcat from 5 – 7pm daily.  With the show’s moving parts, the one constant for Prime Time Sports continued to be McCown, as he has been for 30 years.  

Although Toronto Sports Media has not reported on the futures of Shannon, Deitsch and Brunt at 590, the Twitter account did state Jeff Blair could be tabbed the interim host of Prime Time Sports.  Blair is SportsNet 590’s late weekday morning host, broadcasting from 9am – 11am. 

Nicknamed “Bobcat,” after the “Mercury Bobcat,” McCown has been known throughout his career for tenaciously challenging callers, although his fiery style has toned down in recent years.  Often considered one of the best interviewers in Canada, McCown still dons a pair of sunglasses during his show’s TV simulcast and uses coined phrases such as “who gives a flying fadoo?”

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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