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Mike Golic Jr. on Broadcasting Start: ‘I’m Just Looking to Get My Foot in the Door’

“You want trial-by-fire where you learn if you want to do this or not? Go interview a bunch of fifth graders who have no idea.”

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While Mike Golic Jr. was trying to pursue a career in the NFL, he was also preparing for what life would be like after football as a film and television major at Notre Dame. It ended up leading to a good 6.5 years at ESPN.

Golic Jr. was a guest on the Inside The Garage podcast on The Volume and talked about the experience he received at Notre Dame and an interesting internship that he took part in.

My last year, I did an internship with Notre Dame camps where I was doing content for all of their YouTube pages for the different camps around campus basically for the parents that were sending their kids there,” Golic explained. “You want trial-by-fire where you learn if you want to do this or not? Go interview a bunch of fifth graders who have no idea.”

As Golic Jr.’s professional career continued, he took any opportunities whenever he could, including some spots at ESPN Radio in New York while playing minor league football.

“Along the way, I had kind of been doing stuff as I went because of my dad and how long the morning show had been going, it meant I already knew people that were in some other places,” said Golic. “I’m in Staten Island playing minor league football and I’m going into ESPN Radio’s affiliate on the weekends there because my dad’s old producer is the programming director now and he’s like, let’s get you some reps on-air here. Come and do two hours with one of our hosts out there.” 

After his football career was over, Golic Jr. went to ESPN looking for any opportunity to get his foot in the door. That opportunity ended up being something unfamiliar to him, a 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET fantasy football show on Sundays.

“I went to my dad, went to the people I knew at ESPN and was like, do you guys have anything that I can do here? I don’t care what it is. I’m just looking to get my foot in the door,” said Golic.

“For me, it ended up being a Sunday morning fantasy football radio show, The Fantasy Focus. They asked me if I was into fantasy football. I lied and told them yes. I had not played fantasy football a day in my life. I’ll get every magazine, I’ll learn as I go along, and I’ll figure it out on the fly. I got lucky because my connection happened to be a blood relative, but it was taking that first opportunity and making sure I did well enough with it to try and beget other opportunities. Stuff just started to snowball from there.” 

While at Notre Dame, Golic Jr. had the opportunity to talk to other Notre Dame people in sports media and he tries now to provide the same opportunities to students, even if they are not football players.

“One of the best things I can say about Coach Kelly and his tenure is Notre Dame football has come leaps and bounds in putting current players in front of alumni to do some of those things. We didn’t do as much of that when I was in college,” Golic said.

“I knew Notre Dame guys who were in sports media, but I was fortunate. I think now it’s in a place where I know for me even if it’s not football players, I’ve had Notre Dame students reach out to me that I’ve been able to put in touch with certain people to try and help them out to be someone who will watch a reel and give them feedback.”

Golic mentioned that he has his next gig lined up, but isn’t ready to announce it yet.

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Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022

“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”

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Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.

It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.

The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.

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Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State

“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”

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Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.

He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”

He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.

The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.

Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.

The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.

Others used the feud to create comedy.

Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.

The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.

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Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM

“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”

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A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.

“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”

The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.

The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports. 

“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts.  “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team.  They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.” 

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