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Port Huron Prowlers Sign Broadcasters As Goalies

“A Twitter follower suggested Skiba could dress for the Prowlers, and call the game from the bench.”

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The Port Huron Prowlers, a minor league hockey team from Michigan, was forced to find two emergency goalies for their game Saturday, Jan. 11. Friday night, both of their regular goalies were injured. With a game the next day, Prowlers coach Joe Pace turned to two broadcasters for help.

33-year old Kelly Curl, who has not been a full-time player in two seasons, made a near 450-mile trip from Winston-Salem, N.C. for the game. Curl currently works as the Carolina Thunderbirds radio analyst.

According to Brandon Folsom of the Port Huron Times Herald, Pace also looked to the Prowlers own radio booth to find Curl’s backup, asking 22-year old Jeremy Skiba to sign a contract for the game.

“You know we have to sign you as our emergency back-up goalie, right?” Pace told Skiba as they got on the bus following the team’s Friday night game. 

“Are you serious? Are you serious? Are YOU serious?!” Skiba reacted. 

According to Folsom, Skiba’s goalie credentials are highlighted by playing street, broom and intramural hockey while attending Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.

When the team announced the signing of Skiba, it also came with a cancellation of their radio broadcast because of the broadcaster’s change in responsibilities for Saturday’s game. The Prowlers radio broadcast only consists of one person for road games. A Twitter follower suggested Skiba could dress for the Prowlers, and call the game from the bench. 

Skiba and the Prowlers accepted the challenge and the radio broadcaster was on the bench, wearing headphones and a Prowlers sweater in case his number was called. 

Signing an emergency goalie in is not unprecedented, two years ago 36-year old Chicago accountant Scott Foster made back page news when he was added to the Blackhawks roster. Injury forced Foster to dress for the Blackhawks, even receiving ice time during the NHL game, stopping all seven shots he faced. 

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here

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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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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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