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Controversy Surrounds Bumping of Popular Segment on 590 The Fan in St. Louis

“Edwards thinks there was pressure by Claiborne and others outside the station to get Edwards off the segment after what he said.”

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A host on 590 The Fan in St. Louis says a popular segment on his show was bumped to accommodate the shifting around of another regular guest appearance. But one of the panelists who was suddenly nixed from the segment believes there’s more to it.

“The Slop” had been a Friday morning staple on Press Box with Frank Cusumano for a while. The segment, which Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says goes back some 20 years, was a roundtable discussion on a variety of stories and issues often not related to sports.

Comments from panelist and fellow 590 The Fan host Charlie “Tuna” Edwards back in March appeared to signify the end of “The Slop.” At least that’s how it seemed to play out on the air.

“This is going to be the end of ‘The Slop,'” Cusumano said in response to Edwards, who criticized St. Louis University and University of Missouri in a conversation relating to the NCAA Tournament. “I just can’t take it. I really can’t. You’ve said more ridiculous things in 20 minutes (than ever). We’re done.”

Edwards reportedly hasn’t been featured on Cusumano’s show since that day.

“It was good for everyone,” he said. “People learned a lot from it. We had me, a Black guy, and (co-panelist Andy Strickland), who is white, talking about things a lot of people don’t like to talk about. And 80% of the time what we said that was critical came true.”

Cusumano said Edwards’ comments on the local teams wasn’t the reason why “The Slop” got the axe. He said it came down to moving guest spots around so that he could have former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Andy Van Slyke on the show. When Van Slyke could only come on at one particular time, Cusumano had to shift a regular appearance by Cardinals commentator Mike Claiborne to the same spot as “The Slop.”

Edwards thinks there was pressure by Claiborne and others outside the station to get Edwards off the segment after what he said. But Dave Zobrist, who owns 590 The Fan, said Cusumano had full control over what he wanted to do with his show.

“I really didn’t have any input,” he said. “It’s Frank’s show, he can do what he wants.”

Despite the abrupt end to the popular segment and everything surrounding the demise of “The Slop” Edwards and Cusumano don’t have any ill will against each other.

“It’s Frank’s show. I respect Frank Cusumano immensely,” Edwards said.

“Charlie has a great radio show and you can hear him eight hours a week in prime time,” Cusumano said. “I listen.”

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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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