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Scott Kaplan Signs 10-Day Contract At 710 ESPN LA

“For the next two weeks, Kaplan is hosting from noon – 3pm PT on ESPN LA, a timeslot previously occupied by the nationally syndicated Will Cain Show.”

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Scott Kaplan returned to terrestrial radio this week, announcing a unique 10-day contract with 710 ESPN Los Angeles beginning Monday, July 6. 

Kaplan had a brief two-night stint with Entercom’s CBS Sports Radio in January, but the 10 days with ESPN LA marks his longest terrestrial term since San Diego’s The Mighty 1090 shut down 15 months ago. For the next two weeks, Kaplan is hosting from noon – 3pm PT on ESPN LA, a timeslot previously occupied by the nationally syndicated Will Cain Show. But Cain’s recent departure for FOX News leaves a void for ESPN LA. 

Don’t expect Kaplan to be a potential long-term solution for the midday hours on ESPN LA, the longtime sports radio host still eyes a return to 1090. The iconic San Diego station was originally hoping to be up and running by July 4 as The Mightier 1090, but the launch date has been bumped to early August. When 1090 does return, it expects to feature Kaplan in afternoon drive from 3 – 7pm, with a partnership that Kaplan considers as being similar to a syndication deal for his daily live podcast. 

Although delayed, the 1090 relaunch does still appear to be real, the station announced a deal with SportsGrid last week. According to the press release, The Mightier 1090 will use SportsGrid’s cloud-based automation and live production tools to power their relaunch. Using SportsGrid’s on-air talent was not mentioned, an offering that includes the FNTSY Sports Network, Ferrall Coast to Coast hosted by Scott Ferrall and Game Time Decisions with Gabe Morency. The platform was also Craig Carton’s most recent radio home prior to his prison sentence, which was completed last month.

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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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