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Eddie Olczyk Tells Mułły & Haugh Blackhawks Wanted Him Back

“This was my decision. There was a contract on the table.”

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Eddie Olczyk wants to set the record straight on his exit from the Blackhawk’s television booth.

“This was my decision. There was a contract on the table,” Olcyzk told Mully & Haugh during 670 The Scores’ 30th Anniversary Celebration Wednesday. “I just felt at this particular time, it was best for me to just step away and explore other opportunities. I have my unbelievable gig with TNT doing one game a week. It takes two sides to make a deal..I’m very much at peace with my decision.”

Olcyzk, who has served as the Blackhawks color commentator for 16 seasons, worked with play-by-play announcer Pat Foley to form the 5th best local broadcast crew in the NHL, according to readers of The Athletic in their 2021 survey.

Later in Olcyzk’s appearance, David Haugh tried to reiterate how he felt about the decision the Blackhawks made in not re-signing their former goalie.

“The last 10 minutes were a great example of how the Blackhawks made such a colossal error in judgment here,” he declared. “Because, I respect the way you’ve handled this with the grace you’re displaying is an example for everybody, but you just explained the rebuild. You summarized what they’re doing. And nobody is going to be able to do that as well as you just did that. And having that on a nightly basis is a value to the team…” 

Haugh isn’t the first 670 The Score host to rip the Blackhawks over Olczyk’s exit. On Monday, Matt Spiegel said the franchise should be embarrassed for letting Olczyk go. But again, Eddie Olczyk wanted Haugh and Score listeners to know that isn’t what happened.

“They did want me back,” Olcyzk interrupted. “They offered me a contract. This is my decision…I gave my word to Rocky Wirtz, and to Danny (Wirtz, Blackhawks CEO) I would handle this the right way. My reputation is everything to me. I’m not going to get into…I’m not going to do that. I wanted to be back, but at the end of the day, I just took that step back.”

Olcyzk, who fought back tears at times while discussing the move, is reportedly set to join the Seattle Kraken’s television broadcast team for ROOT Sports. Olcyzk’s younger brother, Rick, is the Assistant General Manager for the Kraken. 

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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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