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Covino & Rich: Sports Twitter Is Mean To Everyone In Sports Media

“I tweeted this out yesterday and I mean it. People who cry and complain on Twitter because you don’t agree with them, are the lowest form of weenie possible.”

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Steve Covino was in the crosshairs of sports Twitter earlier this week. A comment he made about the Mets’ Jeff McNeil taking paternity leave was aggregated and he said that led to some really negative interactions with people that were reacting to what they read, not what he said.

“Let me make it very clear. I never once, not never, ever, did I say he shouldn’t be there for the birth of his baby,” Covino said Thursday on FOX Sports Radio. “That’s common sense. Of course he should be. It’s a beautiful moment. I was there for the birth of my baby. Everyone should be.

“I said, as a fan, I can see how fans are upset. As a selfish fan, you don’t care if a guy’s foot’s falling off. You want to see him play because you’re a fan.”

He also made it clear that despite the harassment he may have received, his opinion isn’t changing.

“I want everybody to know, I double down and stand my ground. I don’t take back anything I said.”

Covino’s partner, Rich Davis, said the incident didn’t teach anyone anything new. If anything, it solidified an opinion most in the sports media have held for a while.

“Yesterday was a great reminder. Sports Twitter is the most brutal place.” 

He noted that it isn’t just he and Covino that experience this. He pointed out example from a number of FOX Sports personalities that give an opinion, have a clip posted to Twitter and then have to deal with abuse just because a fan doesn’t like their take.

“Sports trolls are the bottom of the chum bucket,” Covino said. “I tweeted this out yesterday and I mean it. People who cry and complain on Twitter because you don’t agree with them, are the lowest form of weenie possible.”

What he took the most exception with in this particular instance is the way he was being criticized. Covino said that a number of people started their comment with how important family is before hurling an insult at him or the way they believe he treats his family.

He used the word “hypocrite” several times, but probably got his message across more effectively by saying “You can’t claim to be a righteous dude and then talk about my mama on Twitter, and that’s what sports trolls do.”

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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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