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Radio Ink Conference Adds Gossage

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Eddie Gossage, president and GM of Texas Motor Speedway and one of America’s greatest racing promoters, will give the closing keynote at Radio Ink’s Sports Radio Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Dallas. The famously innovative Gossage is  perhaps the most successful speedway executive in motor sports today. It’s a booming business, and he’s played a huge part in making that happen. Continue Reading…

Under Gossage’s leadership, Texas Motor Speedway annually hosts the largest single-day sporting events in the Lone Star State, with two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, in addition to two NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series races and a Verizon IndyCar Series event. The speedway has hosted the largest single-day crowd in Texas sports history.

Texas Motor Speedway:

• Annually attracts among the largest crowds of the season for all the major series that compete at the speedway
• Debuted an aggressive and edgier “No Limits” marketing campaign in August of 2010 aimed at attracting younger fans while also providing a multitude of new benefits to all fans
• Staged the first-ever nighttime Indy-car race
• Promotes some of the country’s largest music festivals

Gossage has been involved in motor sports since 1980, and his long and varied experience with auto racing in all its forms has made him one of the most influential executives not just in racing, but in all of professional sports. After starting out as the public relations director of Nashville International Raceway in 1980, in 1983 he took on management of Miller Brewing’s motor sports public relations program and was soon a fixture in NASCAR, Indy car, drag racing, sports car racing, and unlimited hydroplane racing.

In 1989, Gossage was named VP of public relations for Charlotte Motor Speedway, and in 1995, he was hand-picked by Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith to be the guiding force for a new state-of-the-art facility in Fort Worth. Texas Motor Speedway opened in 1997, and today, under Gossage’s creative guidance, is considered one of the premier motor sports venues in the world.

Motor sports attracts some of the most passionate, loyal fans on earth — and so does Sports radio. The creative and business-savvy Gossage knows how to make those passionate fans happy, and how to generate big revenue and big growth while doing it. Hear what he has to say, only at the Sports Radio Conference.

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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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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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