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Los Angeles Rams Radio Deal Becomes Official

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Last month, we reported that ESPNLA 710, and 100.3 The Sound would team up to become the joint providers of Los Angeles Rams radio broadcasts. Today, the official announcement was made.

The deal is for five years, and covers pre-season, regular-season, and post-season games, with extensive pre and post-game shows. Altogether, Rams broadcasts will occupy eight hours of the broadcast day.

Highlights of the agreement:

  • ESPNLA 710AM is recognized as the official home and flagship radio partner of the Los Angeles Rams
  • Three-hour pre-game show
  • Two-hour post-game show
  • One-hour weekly Coach’s Show with Jeff Fisher, Mondays at 7pm PT during the season
  • One-hour game preview show Thursdays at 7pm PT during the season
  • Weekly segments with head coach Jeff Fisher and star Rams players
  • Daily “Rams Report”

Scott McCarthy, vice president and general manager, ESPNLA, added, “Like all Southern California sports fans, we at ESPNLA are thrilled that the Rams have come home. The Rams are a world-class franchise, and we look forward to working with them to bring their exciting games to Rams fans across the Southland. Adding compelling Rams programming to our market-leading lineup of on-air talent and our fantastic existing relationships with the Los Angeles Lakers, USC and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim really elevates ESPNLA to the next level.”

Peter Burton, vice president and general manager of The Sound/100.3 FM, said, “We are excited to be welcoming the Los Angeles Rams to their official new FM home at 100.3 The Sound.  Along with our terrific partners at ESPN, we look forward to delivering excellent game-day coverage to Rams fans throughout Southern California.”

As part of the flagship agreement, ESPNLA will be responsible for all radio production efforts and for selling virtually all of the advertising inventory in the game-day broadcasts and ancillary programming. ESPNLA will also broadcast live from all key Rams events, including every home game, training camp, and the Rams Draft Party.

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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