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Innes and Payne Create Fireworks on Radio Row

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Fireworks went off on radio row in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Houston sports radio hosts Seth Payne of Sports Radio 610 and Josh Innes of SportsTalk 790 were involved in a heated exchange which led to Innes’ station being kicked off of radio row.

Payne and his partner Mike Meltser were on the air hosting their program when Innes sent his producer Jim Mudd to sit near the 610 table to try and create a distraction. Payne wasn’t amused by the attempted stunt and called Mudd over to let him know about it.

“Jim Mudd get over here, listen, you tell Josh Innes that when I see him that I want that little bitch to make eye contact,” Payne said on 610. “Instead of hiding behind his microphone and acting like he’s a big man, make eye contact with me, instead of cowering behind a table like a little bitch. You hear that Josh?”

After hearing Payne’s comments, Innes answered the call and stood face to face with the former Houston Texans defensive lineman. Payne then lambasted Innes, calling him a fraud and a joke and taking him to task over his short radio run in Philadelphia and the way people in his former city allegedly can’t stand him.

Innes countered by warning Payne and Meltser that they’d inevitably get fired due to their low ratings. Payne countered by providing a personal assessment of the 790 morning host.

“You’re a bad person. You’re weak, insecure, and can’t leave things alone,” Payne added. “You’d be so good if you’d focus on being good, but you’re so obsessed with everybody who doesn’t like you that you fall apart.”

The situation then escalated even further when Payne’s producer Landry Locker jumped into the conversation and told Innes, “You’re shaking like a chick. You’re shaking like a chump. You’re shaking like a little bitch.”

That set Innes off, who proceeded to ask Locker “Who the f**k are you? Who are you?”

WEEI in Boston captured the incident on video. To watch it click here. Innes also posted an audio clip on 790’s website of what it sounded like on their airwaves prior to the incident. You can hear it by clicking here.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the rivalry between the two shows intensified earlier this month when Innes called in to Payne and Meltser’s show.

Due to not being able to broadcast live from radio row, Innes has announced via Twitter that his show tomorrow will originate from a local Perkins restaurant in Bloomington, MN.

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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