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ESPN Honolulu Drops Jeff Portnoy

“In addition to ousting Portnoy from game broadcasts, ESPN Honolulu also cancelled his weekly show Hoops Talk.”

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The broadcast table will be a little less crowded at Rainbow Warriors basketball games this season. Jeff Portnoy, who served as an analyst on the radio broadcasts of University of Hawaii home games has been let go by ESPN Honolulu. This season will see play-by-play man Bobby Curran call UH games without a partner.

In addition to ousting Portnoy from game broadcasts, ESPN Honolulu also cancelled his weekly show Hoops Talk.

“They have every right to decide who does the broadcasts along with UH’s concurrence, but to do it two weeks before the season is inexcusable,” Portnoy told the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Portnoy told the paper that he had already informed ESPN Honolulu that the 2019-2020 season would be his last behind the microphone. “I asked if it was financial or some other reason and the only thing they would tell me was ‘continuity’ and that is (expletive deleted).”

ESPN Honolulu general manager Matt Apana responded via email to the Star Advertiser’s request for comment, saying “Bobby Curran will continue to be our play by play commentator for all UH men’s basketball games. Just as Bobby has always ably covered the away games solo, so too will he do so for our home games this year. We do not have plans to replace Jeff at this time. We thank Jeff for serving as a color analyst these past years and wish him the very best.”

Apana did not say whether or not UH baseball would also be going to a one man booth for the 2020 season.

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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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