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Jason Whitlock Tells 610 Sports He’s Now Part Owner of Outkick The Coverage

“Whitlock is currently living in Los Angeles, where he taped his FS1 show Speak for Yourself. He will relocate to Nashville in the coming months to be closer to his partners Clay Travis and Sam Savage.”

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Former FS1 personality Jason Whitlock appeared on 610 Sports in Kansas City on Wednesday morning. During a conversation with Fescoe In The Morning, the former Kansas City Star columnist was asked why he felt a move to Outkick the Coverage was right for his future. Whitlock explained that it went beyond writing columns and creating podcasts.

“I received an ownership stake in Outkick the Coverage,” Whitlock answered. “If you’ve never been to Outkick.com, we’re going to expand it and try to make it one of the most powerful media platforms in the country. We think we are going to have the best analysis of the sports world and society at large.”

Whitlock is currently living in Los Angeles, where he taped his FS1 show Speak for Yourself. He will relocate to Nashville in the coming months to be closer to his partners Clay Travis and Sam Savage.

Social media, a subject always in Whitlock’s crosshairs, was at the center of his first column for Outkick the Coverage. He told 610 Sports that athletes are using social issues and speaking out against racism as a way to score more social media influence.

“Social media just has them out over their skis,” he said, seeming to imply that athletes that take a stand don’t know what they’re doing. “Social media has them doing things that are not in their best interest.”

Following cues from social media, Whitlock says, is going to result in a drop in popularity for both players and leagues. In fact, Whitlock argued that rather than rely on social media to tell them how to handle player protests, the NFL shouldn’t even play the national anthem if it is planning to play with no fans in the stands anyway.

He argued that the only way to get sports back to being a fun distraction from the real world is for brands to stop putting so much value in social media influence.

“Social Media is the matrix,” Whitlock says, noting that Hillary Clinton and Sharknado were both propped up by social media in a way that didn’t reflect reality. “It’s not the real world. It’s not a reflection of the real world.”

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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