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ESPN Audio Tour Starts on 9/11

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ESPN Audio will kick off its fourth annual Fall Football Tour on Friday, Sept. 11, as Mike & Mikeheads to New York in advance of the NFL’s kickoff weekend.  Hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will be live from the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, from 6 – 10 a.m. ET.  In honor of the anniversary of 9/11, New York City first responders will be in attendance for the closed-door broadcast, and Greenberg and Golic will host the attendees at a special brunch after the show.

The six-stop tour will include four NFL stops and one college football date, with the sixth and final stop to be determined. In addition to the NFL’s Kickoff Weekend, highlights of the NFL tour include: Mike & Mike live from Green Bay, Wis., in advance of Monday Night Football’s telecast of the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Green Bay Packers; a stop in Indianapolis for the Colts vs. the New England Patriots; and a show from Dallas when the Cowboys host the Seattle Seahawks. Mike & Mike will have one college visit on Friday, Nov. 20, for a rivalry matchup between the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Schedule:

Date Show Event Location
Fri, Sep 11 Mike & Mike NFL Kickoff Weekend Atlantic Health Jets Training Center
Florham Park, N.J.
Mon, Sep 28 Mike & Mike Monday Night Football
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers
The Tundra Trio
Green Bay, Wis.
Fri, Oct 16 Mike & Mike New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis
Fri, Oct 30 Mike & Mike Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium
Dallas
Fri, Nov 20 Mike & Mike Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill
Columbus, Ohio

ESPN Radio’s College GameDay

Also, ESPN Radio’s College GameDay will hit the road on Saturday, Sept. 12, with a stop in East Lansing, Mich., where 2015 College Football Playoff semifinalist Oregon will visit Michigan State. The show will be hosted by Doug Kezirian with Brad Edwards and Trevor Matich. Maria Taylor, Joey Galloway and Andrea Adelson will serve as weekly contributors.  On Saturday, Sept. 12,GameDay will hit the road, The following weekend, the GameDay crew will head to Baton Rouge, La., for an SEC matchup – Auburn at LSU.  Additional stops will be announced at a later date.

Date Event Location
Sat, Sep 12 Oregon vs. Michigan State East Lansing, Mich.
Sat, Sep 19 Auburn vs. LSU Baton Rouge, La.

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Gregg Giannotti: Biggest Issue With Craig Carton, Jon Jastremski Feud Is “Mole” At WFAN

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems.”

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A feud has sprung up between WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton and former WFAN host John Jastremski. Boomer & Gio discussed the spat on Friday morning’s show, with Gregg Giannotti being troubled by a revelation.

During his New York New York podcast, a voicemail left for Jastremski asked about Carton’s comments, but the caller said a WFAN employee sent him the clip of Carton’s criticism.

“So that means we have a mole,” Boomer Esiason said.

“That right there is a problem,” Gregg Giannotti added. “‘We both have a mutual friend that still works over there’ and that person shared a link of Craig talking about JJ (Jastremski). So, clearly, that person is on JJ’s side and they’re still working here. That’s a mole! That’s someone going against the team! And I think know who that is!”

Esiason then asked if he knew the person, to which Giannotti said he did. He then asked if he would be upset by who it was, which Giannotti affirmed as well.

The show then played the final portion of Jastremski’s rant, which included him saying to Carton “I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike.”

“Jesus!” Esiason exclaimed. “Good for JJ, though. Standing up for himself.”

“I like both of these guys. I do. I got respect for both of them,” said Giannotti. “Everybody doesn’t have to go to the jail, crook thing with Craig every single time. Do they? It’s low-hanging fruit. Everybody goes there. There’s no way he can defend himself in that way because everybody saying ‘You went to jail’ didn’t go to jail, and it’s not apples and oranges. But the business stuff is apples-to-apples.

“So when I hear that, I’m just like ‘Ok, you went there. Be a little more creative than that’. As far as I listen to legend things, please, nobody has given me worse advice in my life than Mike Francesa did. Nobody. I would still be out in the newsroom cutting Islander highlights if I listened to that guy. And the only reason why Mike liked JJ was because he didn’t feel he was a threat. The only people Mike likes is the people he feels non-threatened by. And that’s where that comes from.”

After concluding Jastremski’s rant was a “little over the top”, Giannotti then turned his attention to the “mole” inside the station.

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems. That — to me — is an issue. The guy on the voicemail said ‘We may or may not have a mutual friend that still works at the radio station’ and this guy just slammed the radio station. And he’s friends with the guy who slammed the radio station and then slammed Craig and this guy’s on their side?! And this guy that works here is on their side?! That to me is a major, major problem.”

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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