Every July 4, competitive eaters take center stage on ESPN for the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. On Monday, for the eleventh time in twelve years, Joey Chestnut took home the mustard yellow belt after eating 63 hot dogs in the allotted ten minutes.
The undeniable gluttony caught the attention of NBC’s Peter King and not in a positive way. He tweeted that the contest was disgusting in light of America’s hunger epidemic.
On Tuesday, Pat McAfee said that he had not thought of the competition in that light before, but had to agree with the sentiment.
“Peter King brought up a pretty good point,” the former punter said on his show. “I didn’t even think about it, to be honest, because I think we all assume that hot dogs are a never-ending commodity. You can never stop making hot dogs because no one knows what is in hot dogs.”
McAfee said he would donate 10,000 hot dogs to food banks and homeless shelters across the country, but noted that he had not quite figured out how to do it yet. He said he would like to partner with Nathan’s, who has already donated over 100,000 hot dogs to food banks in New York City.
The donation was made tongue-in-cheek. McAfee and his crew joked that Peter King may be worried that we are running out of hot dogs, because it can be hard to find them in the grocery store when you go in “on a high horse” and then called out divers for splashing water outside of a pool when rivers and lakes are drying up.
Still, Pat McAfee is sincere in his promise to make the donation, which by the way, will be in King’s name.
“Peter King probably could have done this as well,” McAfee said of his donation. “I assume he will, but him putting out a tweet about hot dogs being shoved down your face made me think ‘you’re right.’ We should think about that stat about people going to bed hungry.”
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.”
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.
790 The Score Debuts In Providence
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.
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.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett News Media. He also works for ABC8 News and Newsradio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond, Virginia. His prior experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and iHeartradio Richmond. He can be reached by email at Jordan.E.Bondurant@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Paul Finebaum Reportedly Scores $700K Advance For Nick Saban Book
Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.
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.