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Francesa & Eisen Face Fox Changes

Jason Barrett

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Colin Cowherd will be on from 12-3pm on Fox Sports Radio, Fox has announced. As author Jim Miller reported, Cowherd debuts September 3rd on FS1’s Michigan-Utah pregame, and his new radio show begins September 8th. He’ll also be part of a pre-pre-game show on Fox NFL Sundays. The radio show announcement has a definite ripple effect for Mike Francesa’s program, and a possible one for Rich Eisen’s.

As SI’s Richard Deitsch passed along, Cowherd’s simulcast will supplant Francesa, who is moving to FS2 for the short-term, on FS1. It’s reasonable to suspect the Pope may be out of Fox entirely on a relatively short time horizon.

Francesa and Fox have had an unhappy marriage almost from the get-go, which remained public, and this domino felt like a formality the moment it became apparent Cowherd was joining the network. Whether Francesa stays on FS2 for awhile or goes somewhere else remains to be seen, though it wouldn’t be surprising if he landed at MSG, which has been in the bidding before. (Mostly irrelevant sidenote: I’d selfishly way rather have Mike on FS2 sometimes than MSG all the time, because the latter isn’t included in my Chicago cable package. Keep me in your prayers.)

How Francesa gets along with CBS in the next year or two warrants watching. He hasn’t had especially nice things to say about them in recent months. Anything that could facilitate a reunion with Mad Dog is what everybody should be rooting the hardest for. That tandem remains sorely missed. We should start a White House petition.

It hasn’t been made clear to us exactly what is happening with Rich Eisen’s show, which currently occupies the national 12-3pm slot on Fox Sports radio. Possibilities include remaining on some or most terrestrial affiliates over Cowherd (unlikely in the long-term), moving to another time slot, or being off Fox Sports Radio — which are distributed by Premiere Networks — and remaining at the same time, while staying on Sirius, DirecTV, and Podcast One. A Fox Sports spokesman declined to comment.

Credit to the Big Lead who originally published this article.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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