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The Success of ‘Get Up’ Made Returning to Radio Possible For Mike Greenberg

“Greenberg said for at least the first 18 months of the show, Get Up required all of his time to figure out what they wanted it to be and how to execute, but now he has time to invest in other projects.”

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After nearly two decades hosting a national radio show, it only took three years for the platform to lure Mike Greenberg back. But as he noted in the latest BSM podcast, timing had to be right for a radio return and his TV show had to be operating efficiently. 

Greenberg said for at least the first 18 months of the show, Get Up required all of his time to figure out what they wanted it to be and how to execute, but now he has time to invest in other projects.

“That’s in no way to suggest I’ve checked out in any way mentally,” Greeny told Jason Barrett. “But Get Up is something that is now rolling along and doesn’t require my being involved in every meeting and every conversation and being on top of it every second, so at that point I started thinking about what else could I start putting my time and energy into.”

Earlier this year, Greenberg said he received an unexpected phone call gauging his interest in returning to ESPN Radio. It was part of ESPN Radio’s plan to formulate their lineup into shorter shows. 

The anchor of ESPN Radio’s new lineup is their morning show featuring Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti. The morning trio will undoubtedly face skepticism and criticism from an audience that might be used to something different, but according to Greenberg, their focus needs to be on “getting the show right.”

“If you do a good show, the advantage of being on ESPN is unimaginable, it’s overwhelming. As I always said about Get Up, we’re on a channel people watch. when we figure this out, they’re still going to be there to see,” Greeny said. “Just focus on making the show great and once it is, people will listen to it and people will like it.”

As Keyshawn, Williams and Mehenti launch their morning show, Greenberg joins a midday timeslot that’s new to him, but also presents the exciting opportunity to cover news as it happens. Radio provides an immediacy and intimacy that is inherently special for breaking news. 

“I’ve been doing mornings for the last 21 years,” Greeny noted. “And what very seldom happens in the morning in sports is anyone getting hired, fired or traded…the things that constitute big breaking sports stories almost never happen on my watch.”

One variable that certainly influences the immediate success of launching a new sports radio show in 2020 is the ability of leagues to play games during a pandemic. While he’s justifiably skeptical college football will take place, Greeny remains confident that we’ll see the 2020 NFL season. 

Sports will support the show, but important social issues won’t be ignored. According to Greenberg, the most important aspect of correctly handling those conversations is taking the appropriate amount of time to do so. Offer multiple sides, speak from the heart and give every opinion a fair amount of time to be expressed. 

The latest episode of the BSM podcast includes professional advice from Greenberg on a talk show host’s responsibility to delivering effective teases, why they matter, and how Mike handles executing them during live shows. Greeny also shares his approach to hosting a national program and trying to serve everyone everywhere, as well as memories of former 97.1 The Ticket morning host Jamie Samuelsen, and how he learned of the Detroit sports radio host’s passing.

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Sports Media Reacts To Tom Brady Retiring

“Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.”

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Things seem a little more final this time. Tom Brady says he will not return to the field. The GOAT announced his retirement Wednesday morning in a video posted to social media.

While it is still unclear what happens next, plenty of people in the sports media had opinions to share. Plenty of the biggest names in the business rushed to Twitter to pay tribute to Brady’s career on the football field.

There were other reactions as well. It is well-known that Tom Brady has a ten-year contract worth $375 million waiting for him at FOX. That means plenty of people in the sports media have questions about what today’s announcement means for Greg Olsen.

Olsen has won plenty of acclaim as the analyst in the network’s top NFL booth. Brady’s deal includes him taking over that spot, so several personalities and writers used the day to publicly question the logic in that decision.

There was a third reaction too. Twitter was made for two things: reacting to breaking news and making jokes. Tom Brady announcing his retirement gave some members of the sports media the chance to do both.

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Mike Francesa Has ‘No Idea’ What He’ll Talk About on First Take

“They’ll tell me today or tomorrow, I guess. Maybe we’ll wing it, I don’t know. You know I have no problem winging it.”

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The much anticipated reunion between Mike Francesa and his former co-host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is set to take place Wednesday on First Take, and the former WFAN host admitted he doesn’t know what topics will be bandied about.

“I am going to do an ESPN visit with Dog and Stephen A. tomorrow. Been planned for awhile. Really, we’ve been talking about this last year,” Francesa said on The Mike Francesa Podcast. “I don’t know what we’re gonna chat about yet. I have no idea. They’ll tell me today or tomorrow, I guess. Maybe we’ll wing it, I don’t know. You know I have no problem winging it.”

The topic came up after an email into the podcast asked Francesa if he stayed in contact with many of his former WFAN colleagues. He admitted he doesn’t chat with as many as he would like to as often as he would like, but there are still several he’ll converse with when topics arise.

“(John) Minko, obviously. I hear from certain guys at certain times, but everybody’s busy. You don’t keep in touch as much as you should, let’s put it that way…I hear from certain guys from time to time. (Marc) Malusis, (Sal) Licata, guys like that from time to time. Sid’s (Rosenberg) always texting me something or other. I do hear from some of them, and you try to keep in touch.”

Francesa’s reunion with Mad Dog will air on First Take on ESPN from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Wednesday. Russo is a weekly contributor to the show on Wednesdays, with Stephen A. Smith putting a plan in motion to set February 1st as the reunion date during his recent book tour.

At the time of the revelation, Russo marveled at the idea of Francesa appearing on the show with him, pointing out “No other people. The three of us for two hours. Think about that. You talk about me being a fraud, Mike hated ESPN for 100 years!”

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Super Bowl LVII Expected To Set US Betting Records

“PlayUSA projects that legal sportsbooks will take in a record $1.1 billion in bets on Super Bowl LVII.”

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Even before sports betting was legal across the country, the Super Bowl would inspire even the most casual bettors to lay a little money down. This year, the game could help sportsbooks take in more money than ever before.

PlayUSA projects that legal sportsbooks will take in a record $1.1 billion in bets on Super Bowl LVII. That would make it the most bet on Super Bowl. It would also be the biggest handle any US sporting event has ever taken in.

The current record is held by last year’s Super Bowl. Bettors put just over $937 million down on the Rams and Bengals at legal books. The American Gaming Association projects that the total bet on the game is somewhere around $7.6 billion.

Nevada is still the king when it comes to legal sports gambling. That state is expected to take in the largest bets on the Eagles and Chiefs. Gamblers are expected to lay down $176.2 million in that state alone.

It is possible that projection is challenged. Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the epicenter of Eagles fandom, have legalized sports gambling. Could that affect where the most money is laid down?

Last year, more than 9 million bettors participated in the Super Bowl at legal books. In total, it is estimated that 31 million people made a bet online.

Super Bowl LVII will take place in Arizona on February 12. The Philadelphia Eagles are currently a two-point favorite.

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