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David Haugh: Scott Boras Uses Media Appearances as Negotiation Tactic

“The only reason Scott Boras is appearing on a Chicago radio station is to let the fanbase know that it’s not going very well and that the Cubs have to ante up.”

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Scott Boras
Courtesy: George Walker IV, The Associated Press

Sports agent Scott Boras is in the midst of negotiations with Major League Baseball teams on behalf of his clients during the offseason as the holidays approach. The Boras Corporation represents some of the most highly-coveted free agents on the market, including outfielder Cody Bellinger, infielder Rhys Hoskins, and starting pitcher Blake Snell. These players and several others are expected to command multi-million dollar contracts this offseason as teams look to fill open roster spots with the hope of building toward a World Series championship.

Boras made an appearance on Inside the Clubhouse on 670 The Score with Bruce Levine and Mike Esposito, something that indicated to morning co-host David Haugh was an inherent negotiation tactic. Nonetheless, having him appear on the air represented a signature guest for the show and someone who has had a considerable impact on the free-agent market in recent offseasons.

“Great job by Bruce getting Scott Boras on the station; tremendous get,” Haugh said Monday morning on 670 The Score. “What I heard was Scott Boras’ voice, which was enough to tell me things aren’t going well. The only reason Scott Boras is appearing on a Chicago radio station is to let the fanbase know that it’s not going very well and that the Cubs have to ante up.”

Haugh seemed to affirm that Boras was utilizing the media appearance as a negotiation tactic, trying to promulgate that the Cubs are not willingly doing business with him and his company. As a result, Haugh presumed that he hoped to alert the fanbase as to what was going on in order to elicit adverse reactions toward the team’s modus operandi.

In listening back to the appearance, Haugh conveyed that Levine asked Boras all of the right questions and received alarming answers. Players specifically discussed during the interview included Bellinger and Hoskins, both of whom experts have speculated could sign deals to play for the Cubs next season.

“I don’t think that, as we sit here on Dec. 18, you can say the Cubs are probably close to signing either guy, and that’s trouble for a team that started this offseason so strongly and aggressively and created so much hope,” Haugh said. “Now they’ve got to come through because they’ve built those expectations.”

Boras typically speaks to media members at the annual General Manager Meetings and Winter Meetings, usually mixing in analogies and creative displays of imagery to communicate the value his clients bring to teams. Additionally, he has made appearances across various podcasts and media programs over the last several months to talk about the free-agent frenzy that is taking place around the major leagues.

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KFC on WFAN: What Makes Barstool Sports Successful is the “Reality TV Aspect”

“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly.”

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Kevin Clancy, better known as ‘KFC’ from Barstool Sports, filled in for Boomer Esiason on WFAN this morning with Gregg Giannatti. The two hosts discussed the feuding going on between members of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls as some players, most notably Scottie Pippen, are disputing some of what was said in The Last Dance back in 2020.

They compared the situation to some of what they face at their offices, noting they spend a lot of time with their co-workers, who aren’t members of their family or in most cases their best friends and drama can sometimes ensue. “Barstool has taken that office drama to a level that no one else has achieved,” Giannotti said to KFC. “When we do stuff like that here [at WFAN], it’s very rarely serious. The drama that you guys have, it’s real and it’s out there and that’s got to be a really difficult thing to deal with if you’re not prepared for it.”

“We usually refer to it as “being in the mud,” Clancy responded. “And there’s only certain people that can really live in the mud…It’s part of what made Barstool successful, is that reality TV aspect of it in that it is kind of like a team, and there is internal drama like clubhouse drama, locker room drama and the way we usually handle that is let’s do it out there and on the air.”

KFC talked about being a fan of WFAN and seeing it from the outside looking in. He said as a listener you could sense who was not a fan of certain people. He used the example of the feuds which would take place between Mike Francesa and Craig Carton and then the subsequent feuds Giannotti found himself in with “The Pope” when he took over for Carton.

“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly,” KFC said about Barstool Sports. “We will probably fight each other more than anything, but then when there’s an outside problem, we close ranks and we are like, let’s handle business.”

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Gow Media Parts Ways With Sports Map Radio Program Director Craig Larson

“With Larson exiting, Gow Media will make another change, tapping into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations.”

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It’s been a tough week in Houston for Gow Media. First, the company made cuts to ESPN 97.5, parting ways with the midday team of Joshua Beard, Michael Connor and Andrew Carlson. Then yesterday, the company informed longtime network program director Craig Larson that he too was unfortunately a budget cut casualty.

Larson had been with Gow Media since the company acquired the Sporting News Radio network in 2010. He started with Sporting News Radio as a producer in Illinois, moving next to Los Angeles to take on programming duties for the network before relocating to Houston to lead the outlet following David Gow’s acquisition of the brand.

During the fourteen years that Larson managed the network, it’s gone through a few changes. Gow elected to change the identity from Sporting News Radio to Yahoo Sports Radio in 2011. That was followed by rebrands to SB Nation Radio and its current name, Sports Map Radio.

With Larson exiting, Gow Media will tap into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations. The two groups have already been working together. This just gives the sports betting network an even bigger push. It also helps Gow stand out better in a crowded national sports radio marketplace.

As for Larson, this is his first trip to free agency in nearly a quarter century. When reached by BSM, he acknowledged that his time with the company had come to an end. He added, ‘It was an amazing 14 years in Houston. I’m proud of the work we put in, and there’s no better person in the world to work for than David Gow.’

Those interested in chatting with Larson about future possibilities can reach him at [email protected].

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Eli Gold Out as Voice of Alabama Football; Ends 35-Year Run

“I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”

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The Tuscaloosa News has reported longtime University of Alabama radio play-by-play voice Eli Gold will not be returning next season. Gold, who has been in the position for 35 years, told Birmingham FOX 6 Reporter Jonathan Hardison, “I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”

The report says Chris Stewart, who has been calling Alabama basketball for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, will take over the football broadcasts.

“Eli has been an invaluable member of our broadcast team,” Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of the Crimson Tide Sports Network said in a statement. “We are grateful for his years of service and wish him all the best in this next chapter. CTSN is fortunate to have someone as part of our existing broadcast team in Chris to step up and seamlessly transition into this role.”

Gold missed the 2022 season for health reasons, otherwise he has been calling Crimson Tide games each season since 1988. Gold, 70, had been diagnosed with cancer just over one year ago but called home games in 2023. Stewart filled in for Gold both in 2022 and 2023.

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