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Dirt and Sprague: ESPN Doesn’t Care About Radio

“Someone would probably say when Colin left, I would say when Le Batard left,” Sprague surmised, “but there seems to be a real ‘less than interested’ feeling from Bristol on their radio situation”

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Portland’s 1080 The Fan is an ESPN Radio affiliate. The Fan also features the morning show Dirt and Sprague which airs immediately after ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, JWill & Max. So it might’ve been surprising to hear the Portland morning team kick off their program today questioning if ESPN cares about their radio product anymore.

Keyshawn, JWill & Max had a segment discussing voice exercises with Jay Williams and in it they captured one of Williams’ guttural attempts at that feat. The show ended with several minutes of the clip being played often. Then Dirt and Sprague came on the air and the guys were aghast.

Andy “Dirt” Johnson started almost immediately by saying “Should we just start yelling like the last show? Is that how we should start today? [mocking guttural scream] Just start screaming. That’s my homage to them. Continue to make some random noise over, and over, and over again as they continue to not care about ESPN Radio anymore.”

The show then began a discussion of when they thought ESPN lost emphasis on the product.

Brandon Sprague said he believed it was when Dan Le Batard left the network.

“Someone would probably say when Colin left, I would say when Le Batard left,” Sprague surmised, “but there seems to be a real ‘less than interested’ feeling from Bristol on their radio situation”

“I’m not even 100% what their lineup is,” Sprague added.

The show attempted to remember the lineup and then when prompted with the programming, struggled to recognize the hosts. They then continued to wonder when ESPN left radio behind.

“It would probably be when Colin left,” Sprague offered, “you would say ESPN Radio, and how they feel with their own entity [changed] in that way?

Johnson retorted that he thought when ESPN lost three programming pillars, their focus began to wane.

“I would say the splitting up of Mike and Mike was involved in that too. That was their morning staple for a long time,” said Johnson. “You had the Mike and Mike split-up, you had Le Batard leave, which was only a matter of time until he left, and then Colin leaving. Those were their three radio monsters especially in the morning. When they were all gone it was like “where do we go from here?”

“So now they’re just punting on it,” said Sprague.

“Based on the last segment we heard,” began Johnson, “they are punting on it because it was just yelling for five straight minutes”.

Sprague also said that if ESPN prioritized radio, they would allow their radio talents to do radio and not be removed for other priorities.

“They also drag them off live radio to do TV hits,” Sprague mentioned.

Johnson asked, “Could you imagine if we did that on something? Like, ‘Hey Sprague. I’m going to have to take twenty minutes off in the eight o’clock hour because we got a Twitch stream thing to do that’s more important than our radio show”.

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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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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.

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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 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.

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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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