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92.9 ESPN Produces Powerful Winter Ratings Book in Memphis

“92.9 ESPN had six of their shows this quarter finish in the Top 5, including three which were ranked 1st overall.”

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If the first quarter is any indication of what’s on the horizon in Memphis, the team at 92.9 ESPN are going to be ecstatic. The winter book results are in, and the performance delivered by Brad Carson’s team can be summed up in one word – dominant. 92.9 ESPN had six of their shows this quarter finish in the Top 5. Three of those programs were ranked 1st overall.

Starting with weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), 92.9 finished 1st with a massive 12.4 share. The station also ranked 5th with Persons 25-54, an equally impressive feat. All ratings include over the air and streaming numbers with Men 25-54.

Among the weekday shows, ESPN Radio’s ‘Keyshawn, J-Will and Zubin’, which occupies morning drive for the station, ranked 3rd with an 8.7 share. Geoff Calkins followed the morning show and turned in an impressive 15.0 share to finish 1st from 9a-11a. Following Calkins, ‘Jason and John’ took over from 11a-2p, securing 3rd with an 8.0 share.

‘The Giannotto and Jeffrey Show’ were up next, generating a 14.0 share to rank 1st between 2p-4p. Gary Parrish then raised the bar even higher, producing an incredible 16.8 share to finish 1st from 4p-6p. Parrish’s number was best on the station. It was also best in the market among sports talk shows. ‘The Six Show’ then wrapped it all up with a 9.1 share, 3rd place finish from 6p-7p.

In conclusion, 92.9 ESPN kicked ass this quarter. The station had three shows finish first with shares in the 14-17 range. That is insane. Now add a five point year over year lift in weekday prime, and nine point boost in afternoons, and you can understand why the staff might be fired up. Three more of these quarters, and 92.9 will be tough to beat in next year’s BSM Top 20.

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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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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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