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Pat McAfee Blasts ESPN’s Statement About Banning Talent From His Show

“He says that listeners may not know who a particular personality is or may only know that they are a reporter or analyst. When they are on with McAfee, they are looser and free to be more of their natural self. That could win them new fans that then seek those personalities out when they are on ESPN.”

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Pat McAfee revealed on Friday that ESPN had banned its talent from appearing on his show. By the end of the day, the network had reversed course. McAfee didn’t want credit for it. He saved that for his viewers and listeners, who made a big deal out of the way McAfee was being treated by the network.

But on Monday, the former Pro Bowler took ESPN to task for the statement it issued to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic.

“We didn’t intend to ban ESPN guests from the show & there is certainly no ban going forward,” the company told Deitsch. “We are in the midst of figuring out the best process for future guests to appear on outside platforms & Pat will continue to make regular appearances on ESPN shows.”

McAfee fired back that the statement was blatantly false.

“You certainly did intend to ban people from this show, okay,” he said. “I wasn’t even going to talk about this, but this is just a bullshit start here.”

He also had an issue with the way the statement ended. McAfee wasn’t sure why ESPN is so sure he will continue to appear on the network.

“I don’t know if that’s accurate either. So you start this thing with a falsehood and you end it with a falsehood, but in the middle there, I like that there’s potential for progress. Good job, ESPN!”

In McAfee’s mind, his show does not compete with ESPN nor ESPN Radio. He clarified that while the show is heard on SiriusXM, it is a YouTube product that the sat-caster licenses. McAfee believes most people that watch the show on YouTube watch it with ESPN on a TV in the background.

ESPN is missing the point of his show according to McAfee. He says that listeners may not know who a particular personality is or may only know that they are a reporter or analyst. When they are on with McAfee, they are looser and free to be more of themselves. That can win them new fans that later seek those personalities out when they are on ESPN.

Several other broadcasters pointed out over the weekend that ESPN talent is banned from appearing on their shows too. Colin Cowherd, Dan Patrick, Dan Le Batard, and Rich Eisen are all in the same boat as McAfee. Pat called it an honor to be amongst that group, but points out that his situation is different. All four of those men were at ESPN at one point. He emphatically stated that he was never an ESPN Radio host and that his show “Never f***ing will be an ESPN show”.

McAfee said that he was happy to have friends that are able to come on his show again and he is happy those friends get the chance to showcase more of their personalities “when you aren’t on Mickey Mouse’s screen.” He then ended the segment by saying that he was “banning ESPN from this show for at least a f***ing week”.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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