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Mike Francesa: I Don’t Think People Get Where Gambling Is Headed

“It is impressive how far sports gambling has come in just the past couple of years.  However, as Frencesa mentioned, it may just be a toe in the water.”

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Mike Francesa appeared on The Ringer’s New York, New York podcast with John Jastremski today and gave his thoughts on the state of sports gambling. Mobile betting became legal in New York over the weekend as four books began operations.

Jastremski mentioned how you used to have to “know a guy” to be able to bet on sports. He asked Francesa if “The Sports Pope” could have ever envisioned where the public is now on the practice.

“No, I really didn’t,” Francesa answered. “When you realize that the NFL has gotten to the point where they promote this now and there are actually owners in these businesses now and the NBA the same.  People used to spend anything to fight gambling.  The NFL was an incredible lobbyist against any form of gambling, even the mention of it.” 

Francesa personalized the experience too.

“I worked on the NFL Today back in the late 70s early 80s with Jimmy the Greek. He wasn’t even allowed to mention a point spread.  That’s how far back I go with this stuff.”

It is impressive how far sports gambling has come in just the past couple of years.  However, Francesa mentioned, it may just be a toe in the water. 

“When you start to realize there’s going to be kiosks at every airport, at every mall, at every ballgame, at every stadium.  You’re going to sit in your seats at a ballgame and be able to bet on every pitch, down, and quarter change.  It’s going to be the likes of which you’ve never seen.  I don’t think people can imagine where we’re headed.” 

This begs the question how much more advanced could it get?  Could there be kiosks set up at every seat to bet on every possible play in a game?  As leagues and fans get accustomed to this new legality of betting, it definitely seems to be trending in that direction.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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