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Boomer Esiason: ‘Apple May Not Raise Sunday Ticket Price For Consumers’

“For AppleTV+, they’re trying to gain as many new viewers as they possibly can.”

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Days after a report surfaced that Apple is considered the leader to land NFL’s Sunday Ticket package, Gregg Giannotti and Boomer Esiason marveled at the dollar figures associated with the deal.

“I believe, and I’ve been saying all along, it’s going to Apple.,” Boomer said on the duo’s Monday show. “And I think Apple is going to double the payment of DIRECTV from $1.5 billion a year to $3 billion a year.”

“$3 billion per year?” an exasperated Giannotti replied.

“Now there is a chance that DIRECTV may still be involved as a partner with Apple, assuming that Apple gets it, and could still be a carrier possibly of it,” Esiason added. “And maybe reduce some of the overall cost for Apple. I don’t know how that business mechanism would work. But I don’t know if Apple’s just gonna want to keep it for itself or make it a part of the AppleTV+ tier.”

“It was something like $350 for the year for Sunday Ticket through DIRECTV”, Giannotti said. “If you fought them and said you were gonna cancel, they’d knock it down to like $200.”

DIRECTV currently offers NFL Sunday Ticket for $69.99 per month, plus taxes and fees, for 12 months, which equals $840. The two wondered if the cost to AppleTV+ doubled, what the cost to consumers would be.

“For AppleTV+, they’re trying to gain as many new viewers as they possibly can,” Esiason said. “I’m sure that there’s gonna be a cost that’s going to be associated with it, but it’s not gonna be that much of a cost. They have so much money to spend and they’re just trying to garner more and more customers.”

“Really? That’s great then, if it gets cheaper,” Giannotti said.

“I can’t tell you that for a fact”, Boomer admitted. “All I can tell you is the reason why a (Amazon) Prime or Apple would want it is to just increase their customer base exponentially. And you’d be able to do it that way.”

“It’s just amazing. The money that is spent with these rights deals is absolutely amazing. Is it a bubble that’s ever going to burst?” Giannotti wondered.

DIRECTV’s deal for Sunday Ticket with the NFL ends after the 2022 season.

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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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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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