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Michael Wilbon Believes Charles Barkley Is Serious About Retirement

“I believe he believes it now. He’s said, ‘I’m not gonna spend my whole life doing this. I got a little life left in me; I’m not gonna do it.'”

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Turner NBA analyst Charles Barkley caused a stir going into the league’s All-Star break when he repeated his assertion that he would retire from broadcasting once his contract expires in after the 2024 season.

Barkley has talked about retirement before, how he prefers not to work into his 60s and wants to enjoy his later years. But maybe most observers are taking those declarations more seriously now because the Hall of Famer is getting closer to the end of his contract.

Someone who was skeptical of Barkley’s retirement talk was ESPN’s Michael Wilbon. Wilbon knows Barkley well, having worked with him on two books and both living in Scottsdale, Arizona.

On Monday’s The Tony Kornheiser Show, Kornheiser asked Wilbon if he believed Barkley was serious about retirement.

“I believe he believes it now,” Wilbon said. “He’s said, ‘I’m not gonna spend my whole life doing this. I got a little life left in me; I’m not gonna do it.'”

Wilbon went on to explain that Barkley came over to his house for dinner recently. And he told Barkley to stop talking publicly about retirement if he wasn’t being serious. But Barkley insisted that he is serious and based on his demeanor, Wilbon believed he meant it.

Both Wilbon and Kornheiser expressed disbelief that Barkley would walk away from television when he’s still considered one of the best in his profession, makes more money than he did playing in the NBA, and is still enormously popular among fans and critics.

Yet Barkley sure seems to be eyeing the end of his broadcasting career. And if he’s come to terms with that, it’s arguably better to step aside than hang on too long while people point out that he’s not as good as he once was. Just because someone sees Barkley as living the kind of life most of us would dream of doesn’t mean that he’s not ready for a change, as much as all of us would like him to continue entertaining us.

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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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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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