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Fans Flock To New Mike Francesa Twitter Video

“That amount of interest for a Twitter video, shows Francesa is still a natural lightning rod for attention.”

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If anyone doubted whether Mike Francesa can still generate interest, the former WFAN host helped answer the question Thursday evening with a short video on Twitter.

Francesa has been mostly off the grid since he stepped away from his hour-long evening show on WFAN a few months ago. There has been no media tour this time around for Francesa, just quietly making a couple of guest appearances with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo and Adam Schein. But on Thursday, Francesa proved his fans and longtime listeners are still interested in the content he creates. 

Francesa posted a quick unedited two-minute video offering his picks for this weekend’s Breeders Cup. Not exactly a hot button issue amid the NFL season and the presidential election, two topics with a stronger ability to dominate the national conversation. Yet Francesa’s two-minute video on horse racing easily amassed 300,000 views in less than an hour. 

That amount of interest for a Twitter video, shows Francesa is still a natural lightning rod for attention. Now more than three months removed from departing WFAN, supposedly for good, Francesa hasn’t announced a plan for any future content creation. The first time he left WFAN, the iconic sports radio host created an app to house his video and audio content. 

Despite putting some exclusive audio and video on the app, it was hard for consumers to see value in paying $8.99 per month for the platform when he was available for three and a half hours a day on WFAN at no charge. For someone like Francesa, who needs to be heard and has a studio in his home, it’s surprising he hasn’t offered any content during the football season or ahead of the presidential election. But the reason behind his staying mostly quiet certainly isn’t for a lack of interest from his longtime fans. 

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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