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Tank Thomas Leaves WIP

“Tank was a part-time contributor to Angelo Cataldi’s morning show on WIP, also co-hosting a weekend show with Rob Charry.”

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Hollis ‘Tank’ Thomas, is no longer with Philadelphia’s 94.1 WIP.  The sports radio host and former Eagles defensive lineman joined another ex-WIP employee, The Josh Innes Show podcast to announce his departure from the station.  

According to Tank’s side of the story, he agreed in April to make an appearance for the Entercom owned WIP, but the station never gave a specific date or time for the event.  Tank requested the information more than once and was finally provided the details when it was too late.  Having already made other plans, the radio host was now unavailable for the appearance.

“They said if I don’t show up to the appearance, then my employment is in jeopardy,” Thomas told The Josh Innes Show podcast. “I said, ‘Okay, bye.’ “

Ultimately it was Tank’s decision to leave WIP, but according to him, if provided with the details on his appearance when he asked months ago, there would have been no conflict.  Tank also told Innes that WIP’s program director Spike Eskin took issue with his contributions to the Green Legion Podcast.  

This season, popular Philly sports bar “Chickie’s and Pete’s” began paying Tank and the Green Legion Podcast to broadcast from their restaurant.  WIP also regularly broadcasts from the sports bar and according to Tank, Spike informed him that appearing on the competing platform was a conflict of interest.

Tank also told Innes he believes the discrepancy stems from Spike’s relationship with the Green Legion’s organizer, Quimby. The Green Legion started as an organized fan travel group in the early 2000’s and according to Tank, Spike and Quimby had a falling out at some point recently.  Spike has not commented on any of these reports.

Tank was a part-time contributor to Angelo Cataldi’s morning show on WIP, also co-hosting a weekend show with Rob Charry.  Tank, Innes and Spike co-hosted WIP’s afternoon show together in 2015, before Eskin left the on-air role to focus on PD responsibilities.  

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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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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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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