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HBO Working On Craig Carton Documentary

“Esiason and WFAN’s longtime morning show producer Al Dukes, both stated they were interviewed for the unannounced project.”

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Much of Craig Carton’s life was played out in the public eye, spending a decade as co-host of WFAN’s morning show with former MVP-quarterback Boomer Esiason. But Carton simultaneously lived a private life that led him to a prison sentence. The combination will make the former radio host the subject of a documentary.

Tuesday morning, on WFAN’s morning show Boomer and Gio, Esiason said HBO is working on a documentary featuring Carton. Esiason and WFAN’s longtime morning show producer Al Dukes, both stated they were interviewed for the unannounced project.

On September 6th, 2017, Carton was arrested on charges of conspiracy, wire and securities fraud after convincing hedge funders to invest millions of dollars for his ticket resale business.  The line between his legitimate ticket resale business, and his later revealed gambling addiction blurred when Carton used investment money to fund betting habits.

That gambling addiction reportedly saw Carton wager an unfathomable amount of more than one billion dollars in the year and a half prior to his arrest. According to Carton, there were times he would spend weeknights playing $10,000 hands of blackjack in Atlantic City, rushing to a helicopter with a briefcase full of cash to make it back to New York in time for his 6am show on WFAN.

During his 2018 trial, Carton’s defense lawyers, Robert Gottlieb and Derrelle Janey pointed to mental disease beyond a gambling addiction which stems from childhood rape and other traumas.  Carton and his lawyers even provided an omitted chapter of the radio host’s biography Loudmouth, which described being a victim of childhood sexual assault.

Carton began serving his three and a half year prison sentence June 17, 2019 for scamming investors out of as much as $5.6 million

When the HBO documentary might be released, and how deep into Carton’s private life it will delve is unknown, since there has been no official announcement other than Esiason’s mention of it being in the works.

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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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