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ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa Richardson: Charles Barkley Is Trying To Get A Raise From TNT

“I think it may be Charles Barkley has a contract coming up soon with TNT. Maybe this is…his broadcasting agent trying to finesse a little bit more of a raise.”

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The hottest story in the sports media industry is Charles Barkley’s meeting with the LIV Tour. Dan Patrick went on his show on Tuesday and said that the analyst may have to leave Inside the NBA if he were to pursue a potential partnership with the LIV Tour. On Wednesday, Vanessa Richardson of Vanessa and Gallant on 97.5 in Houston says she doesn’t believe Barkley would leave the show for the LIV Tour.

“If he could join the LIV Golf Tour and keep his endorsements,” said Richardson, “and keep Inside the NBA, I would believe the story. Due to the fact he would have to leave Inside the NBA, I do not believe the story. I think it’s posturing for more money.”

Richardson would also say that she thinks this might all be a plot from Barkley’s agent to up the commentator’s price.

“I think it may be Charles Barkley has a contract coming up soon with TNT. Maybe this is…his broadcasting agent trying to finesse a little bit more of a raise.”

Paul Gallant, Richardson’s co-host, agreed.

“Damn, you’re probably right…I hope that this ultimately leads, as you said, just a raise, Vanessa, for Charles Barkley at TNT.”

“It’s like the way that I view the ManningCast,” added Richardson. “The Manningcast is good because it’s in addition to the actual NFL broadcast. If this were “in addition to” him doing Inside the NBA, sold. Hilarious. In fact, I’m watching it. “Instead of,” I do not like because Inside the NBA is the best studio show on television.”

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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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