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Mike Golic Talks End of ESPN Radio Show with Sarah Spain

“Golic knows that many want to know the full story of why he won’t be on ESPN Radio in the mornings, but wasn’t ready to offer an explanation.”

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This Friday will be the last time that Mike Golic will sign off on ESPN Radio after being part of the network’s morning show for over 20 years. This week, he joined Sarah Spain this week on the That’s What She Said podcast

Spain started by asking the question whether or not it will be easier for Golic to say goodbye this time after doing it when Mike & Mike ended.

“I wouldn’t say it is easier because both times, it wasn’t my choice. I might have been caught off guard on both of them in all honesty. I didn’t think Mike & Mike should have ended and I didn’t think this should have ended,” said Golic. “While I say I wanted to keep going, I compared it to being cut by the Houston Oilers and Miami Dolphins, I don’t think it was the right move, but there’s nothing I can do about it.” 

Golic explained why he is going back to do college football if/when a season resumes as an analyst: 

“I actually told the bosses I said, ‘let me go back and do college football.’ I hope there’s a college football season, If there is, I will call college games. I’m still going to be around. I’m still going to be in the business…nothing is off the table.”

Golic knows that many want to know the full story of why he won’t be on ESPN Radio in the mornings, but wasn’t ready to offer an explanation.

“I am always a say it to your face guy…. I have never been a locker room talking guy. Someday I will tell the full story of everything, but now is not the time…As far as any story behind it or why, that is something they [management] have to explain, not me. But I will say my peace in that it is the wrong move, but that doesn’t mean I won’t wish the next hosts all the best in the world.”

Golic did reveal that there would be 2 guests on the show on Friday that he wanted to talk with on the final show, but he would not reveal who those guests were, which will make for some interesting guesses. He did reveal some of his favorite guests such as Charles Barkley, Bill Curry, Mark Schlereth, and Darius Rucker to name a few.

“His wisdom is unbelievable and he has that soft delivery that we would probably get the most response from listeners and viewers when he was on because they just stopped and listened because he was so smart,” said Golic of Curry. 

Golic also mentioned some of his favorite segments, including Just Shut Up on Fridays, saying that the production for that segment was fantastic and that it “resonated the most with a lot of people.” Plus, he said he has never overslept and missed a portion of a show, so that in itself is an accomplishment. 

At the end of the show, Golic left some advice for the new morning hosts (Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams, Zubin Mehenti) when their show starts August 17: 

“The biggest piece of advice I can give to any radio host is let people know who you are. Let them know you, let them in. Let them know about your family. Become kind of friends with them. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.” 

During this podcast, you will get a little bit of a walk down memory lane with Golic and the next 36 hours or so are going to be emotional for people that grew up listening to him on the radio.

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David Feherty Launches Weekly SiriusXM Show

“David’s unique blend of wit and golf wisdom, and his experience from a lifetime in the game, really make him one of a kind.”

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SiriusXM announced today that David Feherty, who has been entertaining golf audiences with his witty perspective on the game for more than two decades, is joining SiriusXM to launch a new weekly show.

Feherty will team up with fellow former pro and SiriusXM host John Maginnes for Feherty and Maginnes. The show will be on Monday evenings on the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel.

They will preview the new show this Wednesday at 5pm. The show officially starts in its new time slot on January 3rd, as the PGA TOUR season picks up steam with the Hawaii tournaments.

“I can’t wait to work with John Maginnes,” said Feherty.  “He is one of my favorite people and SiriusXM will be a really fun platform for us. The over/under on both of us getting canceled is about six weeks!”

The format will include long form interviews with personalities from the world of golf with storytelling to the listeners coming from the golf expertise of Feherty and Maginnes, who both had playing careers on the PGA Tour.

“David’s unique blend of wit and golf wisdom, and his experience from a lifetime in the game, really make him one of a kind,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “SiriusXM is the perfect platform for his many great stories and the insightful and revealing conversations he’ll have with his guests.  We are thrilled to pair him up with John and bring together two terrific personalities who will deliver an entertaining, must-listen show for our listeners.”

Feherty spent time following his playing career at CBS and NBC as well as his own show on the Golf Channel.

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Industry Analyst Predicts Crypto Will Surpass Gambling In Sports World

Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year.

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Industry insiders have believed for quite a while that sports betting was the future for sponsorship and advertisement revenue, but it appears that there is a new venture on the rise that is quickly surpassing it.

Crypto.com made a huge statement in purchasing the Staples Center in what will be known as Crypto.com Arena come Christmas Day.

SponsorUnited Founder and President Bob Lynch believes that there is no doubt that Crypto and Blockchain will far exceed sports betting as the premiere revenue money maker for the sports industry over the next decade.

“They’re essentially buying equity,” which would be particularly valuable in an industry that is still widely doubted, Lynch said on Crypto.com’s purchase of the arena. “The Lakers and Clippers have global exposure, media value and mentions that give instant brand legitimacy with top-of-mind awareness through national/global TV exposure,”

Crypto has already started to push its way into major advertisements for key events in the world of sports. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX purchased an ad in this upcoming Super Bowl, and already has the backing of the biggest star in professional football. Tom Brady has an equity stake in the company.

Crypto.com is already the sponsor of FOX‘s college football studio show, Big Noon Kickoff, on top of running ads during broadcasts of the game as well.

Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year. It seems that the possibilities are endless for crypto within the sports landscape. While sports gambling certainly isn’t going away from the public eye, it could be overtaken by crypto in terms of ad spending and sponsorship visibility very soon.

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Colin Cowherd: Lincoln Riley At USC Is Good For Networks

“Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches.”

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Colin Cowherd is a self-professed college football fan. When the sport is interesting, he talks about it. The sport may never be more interesting than when the coaching carousel is spinning.

On Mondy’s edition of The Herd on FS1 and FOX Sports Radio, Cowherd dove in on USC’s hire of Lincoln Riley. He says that it is good for college football that Riley left Oklahoma for Los Angeles.

“My phone blew up yesterday, not only because people know I’m kind of a USC honk, but network people,” Cowherd said. “They’re like ‘do you understand how big this is for networks?’”.

Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches. He noted that when USC lost to Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl, ABC scored a 22.5 rating in the city.

“The networks want USC to be good. You know why? Because New York, DC, and Boston have never watched college football. Chicago does and LA does. So the Big Ten being good is good for college football TV ratings. But LA doesn’t watch college football anymore. They will now.”

As for the hard times USC has fallen on and been stuck in mostly since Pete Carroll bolted for the NFL, Cowherd is not particularly worried. He pointed out that Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame were all down before they hired the right coach. Programs at the blue blood level in the sport have a way of bouncing back quickly.

Network executives are hoping Cowherd’s assessment is correct. USC is the only brand on the West Coast capable of resonating on a national level.

The Los Angeles sports landscape has changed though. When USC was a celebrity program under Pete Carroll, the city did not have an NFL team. Now it has two. The Dodgers were not annual contenders in Major League Baseball. The Lakers had stars, but the Clippers didn’t. Now both do.

Does LA love college football enough for the Trojans to turn some heads in the city with the most stars in the sports world?

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