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Internal Pushback To Pat McAfee Joining SiriusXM

“Several staffers at the channel objected to the lack of communication over the course of negotiations with McAfee.”

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The Pat McAfee Show is set to debut next week on the sat-caster’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. The show will expand by an hour and be heard from 10 AM until 1 PM on the East Coast. It adds more star power to the channel, but according to Outkick.com, everyone at the company isn’t exactly on board.

Outkick’s Bobby Burack writes that “there was pushback by at least one person employed by the channel that McAfee’s style didn’t fit with the lineup’s all sports content.” Certainly McAfee’s content is more off the wall and irreverent than Adam Schein or Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo’s, but it could be a strong follow up to The Morning Men.

There are costs to consider when adding a talent like McAfee. Putting his show in the weekday lineup means that Mad Dog Sports Radio will lose Steve Torre and Danny Kanell from its weekday lineup. Burack reports it could mean the same for Nick Wright.

Wright, who is seen in the mornings on FS1’s First Things First, hosts a two-hour show beginning at 6 pm on the East Coast for the channel. Burack reports that Wright has made it known that he wanted to move up in the lineup. There is no mention of when Wright’s contract with SiriusXM comes to an end or what alternative plans for him might be.

Several staffers at the channel objected to the lack of communication over the course of negotiations with McAfee. Whether or not hosts and producers should know the ins and outs of bringing in a new talent is debatable, but Burack’s report didn’t specify who was complaining about being left in the dark. If it were executives or programmers on the sports side of the operation, that would be more significant.

McAfee won’t be a SiriusXM employee. As he said on his show last month, SiriusXM is licensing the show, while he retains ownership. Burack reports that has lead to “a belief around the industry SiriusXM’s marriage with McAfee won’t last.”

The show has bounced around quite a bit in recent years. The radio version was initially distributed by Westwood One before being merged into the CBS Sports Radio lineup. DAZN carried a video simulcast of the show before it moved exclusively to YouTube.

In his announcement, McAfee noted that he had some trouble staying comfortable with FCC rules and regulations. Perhaps the freedom offered by SiriusXM is what he and his staff need to build stability and create a long term home for the show.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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