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Ramie Makhlouf Headed to 1500 ESPN In 2019

“Makhlouf’s final show on 105.7 The Fan will be Monday December 31st.”

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Ramie Makhlouf, longtime co-host of The Big Show on 105.7 The Fan in Milwaukee has announced he is heading to Minnesota after the New Year.

Makhlouf couldn’t offer too many details about his next career move, but the radio host who joined The Fan in 2005 is excited about his new opportunity at ESPN 1500.  The Illinois native said he heard about a “pretty cool thing that a radio station up in Minneapolis was doing” and they had an intriguing plan in place.  

This was the first radio job Makhlouf applied to outside of Milwaukee or Chicago, telling listeners “I never really thought about going anywhere other than Chicago.  I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t a dream of mine to go back and cover the teams that I grew up watching”

During his 13 years at 105.7 The Fan Makhlouf became well-known throughout Milwaukee, not only for his radio contributions, but also his presence in the local stand-up comedy scene.  Prior to making his mark in sports radio, Makhlouf tried his hand at comedy while living in Chicago.  Years later, in June of 2013 Makhlouf participated in a promotion between The Fan and the Comedy Café to get the radio host back on stage.  Makhlouf exceeded expectations with his stand-up routine and rededicated himself to the craft. 

Makhlouf’s final show on 105.7 The Fan will be Monday December 31st.  His start date at ESPN 1500 has not been announced, only saying it will come shortly after the New Year.

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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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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