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Dan Patrick: ‘There’s No Reason to Watch Derek Jeter Documentary’

“Having covered him, interviewed him, I always thought that he was very nice in not saying anything.”

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On July 18, ESPN will drop the first episode of its five-part documentary The Captain. The series focuses on the life and career of New York Yankee great Derek Jeter.

While the ad campaign has certainly raised awareness of the project, at least one broadcaster cannot imagine it is worth the audience’s time.

“Having covered him, interviewed him, I always thought that he was very nice in not saying anything,” Dan Patrick said Wednesday on his FOX Sports Radio show.

Patrick will be featured briefly in The Captain. A clip of an interview he did with Alex Rodriguez back in 2000, while Patrick was on ESPN Radio, is included as part of a discussion of Rodriguez’s relationship with Jeter. During his conversation with Patrick, ARod was highly critical of a guy that would eventually become his teammate.

Patrick also revealed that the long-standing rumor regarding the way Derek Jeter used to treat the women that he slept with is set to be debunked. Jeter makes his first public comments in 11 years about a 2011 story in the New York Post that said he arranges for the women to have a town car and gift basket waiting for them the next morning. According to the initial story, the basket included a signed baseball. The whole story is made up according to Jeter.

“There’s no reason to watch now! I know how it ends!” Patrick joked.

While the story about the gift baskets is ripe for parody, it represents a serious problem for ESPN according to Patrick. That may be the most interesting story there is to tell about Derek Jeter.

“He, kind of start to finish, did pretty well. There were no major injuries I don’t think, no arrests, no controversy even with the steroids.”

Patrick noted that there were moments of humanity and vulnerability that made The Last Dance interesting. Sure, people have fond memories of those Chicago Bulls teams and Michael Jordan is an icon with influence beyond sports, but what is remembered is the way Jordan reacted to stories his teammates told about him and the comments and criticisms that brought him to tears.

If viewers see that from Derek Jeter in The Captain, Dan Patrick says it will be the first time any of us have seen it.

“I do have great admiration for him as a baseball player. The other stuff? There are some guys that give you stuff and some who don’t.”

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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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