Pat McAfee has just cashed in with a BIG payday. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport the Pat McAfee Show and FanDuel have agreed to terms on a new deal.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that the new deal will net McAfee $30 million annually over a four year period. FanDuel will continue to be the exclusive sportsbook of the show and the deal includes a buyout after the first three years.
McAfee released an awesome video on his YouTube channel, detailing his journey up to this point.
Pat McAfee became a prominent name after he retired from the NFL at 29 years old, a rather early retirement after eight years in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts as a punter. He managed to build a huge brand after joining Barstool Sports in 2016 and launched The Pat McAfee Show.
McAfee left the company in 2018 to launch his own company, Pat McAfee Inc., from his office in Indianapolis. The Show airs Monday-Friday from noon-3 p.m. on SIRIUS XM Channel 82 Mad Dog Radio and simulcasts on YouTube. The show’s YouTube page has 1.57 million followers.
The show has gained more and more exposure, helped in part by the weekly appearance from Green Bay Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers.
Other notable guests on the show have included NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, UFC president Dana White, comedian Bill Burr and many more.
In the YouTube video posted, McAfee thanked all of his listeners and had a special giveaway to listeners of the show.
“Starting right now, if you tweet a picture of when you started watching this show from a picture or tweet previously, screenshot that and tweet it out using the hashtag #PMSFanDuelFamily, I will give away 1.5 million dollars.” Let’s have an incredible life, we are incredibly thankful. Thank you all for everything.”
In addition to the show, McAfee serves as color commentator alongside Michael Cole on FOX’s Friday Night Smackdown.
Parker Hillis Named Brand Manager of Sports Radio 610
Goodbye snow and hello heat! Parker Hillis is headed to Houston. Audacy has announced that he will be the new brand manager for Sports Radio 610.
“Parker is a rising star,” Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy in Houston, said in a press release. “He has impressed us since day one with his innovative ideas, focus on talent coaching and work ethic. We’re thrilled to have him join our Audacy team.”
Hillis comes to the market from Denver. He has spent the last three years with Bonneville’s 104.3 The Fan. He started as the station’s executive producer before rising to APD earlier this year.
In announcing his exit from The Fan on his Facebook page, Hillis thanked Fan PD Raj Sharan for preparing him for this opportunity.
“His leadership and guidance set the stage for me to continue to grow and develop in this industry, one that I absolutely love,” Hillis wrote. “This is a special place, one that I am honored to have been a part of and so sad to leave.”
Sports Radio 610 began the process to find a new brand manager in February when Armen Williams announced he was leaving the role. Williams also came to Houston from Denver. He started his own business outside the radio industry.
“I’m excited to join the Sports Radio 610 team in Houston,” said Hillis. “The opportunity to direct and grow an already incredible Audacy brand is truly an honor.”
Iowa Adds WCKG As Chicago Radio Affiliate
“The Hawkeyes open their season at home on September 3 against FCS power South Dakota State.”
Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa, sits just over three and a half hours from Chicago. It makes sense to assume plenty of alumni move to the Windy City after school and that other Iowa fans live in the metro area as well. That is why the Hawkeyes have struck a deal with WCKG to become their radio affiliate in Chicago.
The station, which is heard on 1530 AM, will air the entire season of Iowa football.
“Iowa Football’s storied history, continued success, and loyal fan base and alumni network throughout Chicagoland made this move a no-brainer for WCKG,” WCKG Sports Director Jon Zaghloul said in a press release. “I’m excited to bring the Hawkeyes to Chicago, and can’t wait to start airing games this Fall. It’s a huge acquisition for our brand, and, more importantly, our devoted listeners.”
The Hawkeyes open their season at home on September 3 against FCS power South Dakota State. Gary Dolphin has called all of the school’s sports on radio since 1996. Ed Podolak is his partner in the booth during football season.
Dave Rothenberg Can’t Stand Hearing Kenny Albert Mispronounce ‘Raleigh’
“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it.”
Dave Rothenberg has a tiny bone to pick with Kenny Albert, and it’s over the way Kenny pronounces the Carolina Hurricanes’ home city.
Talking on his show on ESPN New York on Tuesday, Rothenberg, who spent three years working in Raleigh on 99.9 The Fan, said he wished someone would get in Albert’s ear and correct the way he’s been saying it adding that it has made him wish one of the top play-by-play voices in hockey wouldn’t be on the call for the playoff series between the Canes and New York Rangers.
“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it,” Rothenberg said.
Albert has been pronouncing the city’s name as “RAW-lee”. It is properly pronounced “RAH-lee”.
Co-host Rick DiPietro and the rest of the show crew thought Albert would take offense to the correction, especially since it’s such a minor thing, but Rothenberg thought that was ridiculous.
“See, no one can deal with tough love anymore,” Rothenberg said.
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes series shifts back to Raleigh on Thursday for Game 5. The series is tied 2-2.