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Is Clay Travis Serious About Running For Senate?

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Sports radio host Clay Travis announced on his FOX Sports Radio program that he’s considering running for Senate in Tennessee as an independent. “There has to be no incumbent and Peyton Manning has to not run,” said Travis regarding his possible candidacy. Travis added that if it meant having to give up his syndicated radio show he would decline entering the race.

Current Senator Bob Corker has not announced his plans for 2018, but reports earlier this week indicated that President Trump has encouraged him to run for re-election. 

Travis is no stranger to creating noise. He came under fire last week for his appearance on CNN, telling television anchor Brooke Baldwin he believes in the “First Amendment and boobs.” The interview ended shortly after and CNN has followed up by stating they have no plans to invite him back on their network. It wasn’t the first time though that Travis had offered that viewpoint. He wrote it the day prior to his television appearance in an article on Outkick The Coverage.

The remark caused FOX Sports to clarify that Travis is not an employee of theirs. The network said, “Clay Travis hasn’t worked at Fox Sports for six months and is a syndicated talent of Premiere Networks.” Travis’ syndicated show “Outkick The Coverage” airs nationally on FOX Sports radio Monday through Friday, 6-9am ET.

An outspoken critic of ESPN, Travis has pointed out situations which he believes demonstrate a liberal bias by the sports network. In doing so, he’s garnered support from conservatives, although he voted for Barack Obama twice and Gary Johnson in ‘16. Travis was the first to report ESPN’s decision to remove Robert Lee from doing College Football play-by-play in Virginia earlier this season. In his article on Outkick The Coverage, Travis added that he didn’t think Jemele Hill should be fired, but believes a conservative viewpoint would have been dealt with more harshly by the network, siting Curt Schilling being fired as an example.

In addition to sharing his interest in a potential Senate run on his radio show, Travis has continued to fuel the conversation by tweeting, “I could win as an Independent. I’d make the Democrats and Republicans incredibly nervous.”

Prior to his media career, Clay was a practicing lawyer in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Tennessee receiving his degree in 2004 from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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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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