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Kevin Harvick Cutting Back On Media Jobs

“In recent years, the 2014 Cup Champion spent time contributing as a lead analyst on FOX and FS1 during NASCAR Xfinity Series races, also hosting a weekly radio show Happy Hours on SiriusXM.”

Brandon Contes

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Kevin Harvick is stepping back from his media responsibilities during this year’s NASCAR season, but he won’t be exiting the car anytime soon after signing a contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing.

In recent years, the 2014 Cup Champion spent time contributing as a lead analyst on FOX and FS1 during NASCAR Xfinity Series races, also hosting a weekly radio show Happy Hours on SiriusXM. Along with his media gigs, the 44-year old continued to drive a full schedule in the NASCAR Cup Series. This season, Harvick decided to cut back on his extracurricular jobs to spend more time with his family.

“Wednesdays just don’t work very well for me with Keelan (his son) with picking him up from school and going to events and activities and things after school. He didn’t really like it,” Harvick said Saturday from Daytona. “That was a piece of the equation. The other piece was that in order to do that stuff right, it isn’t just the show. It is the production meetings and the time, and you have things coming up from a development standpoint that are going to take a lot of time at the end of the year to get prepared for 2021 from a testing standpoint.”

Having multiple broadcasting jobs led to the question of if Harvick would soon retire from competing in the NASCAR Cup Series, but still one of the sport’s elite drivers, he signed an extension with Stewart-Haas Racing through the 2023 season.

“For me, that will keep me in the car for a few more years as we go through 2023 and then we will see where we are at,” Harvick said.

He’s not ready to talk retirement from racing, but being one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Harvick shouldn’t have any trouble getting back behind the microphone when the time is right.

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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Seattle Sports 710 Back On Air After Lightning Strike Takes Out Tower

“Between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, the National Forest Service reported 250 lightning strikes in the area.”

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Sports fans in Seattle can once again find sports talk on 710 AM. The over-the-air signal of Bonneville’s Seattle Sports 710 was silent for a while after lightning hit the station’s broadcast tower.

Storms rolled through the Puget Sound on Wednesday. Between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, the National Forest Service reported 250 lightning strikes in the area.

The social media accounts for Seattle Sports 710 began making listeners aware of the issues with the 710 AM signal on Wednesday morning. Talent continued their shows streamed on SeattleSports.com and on the station’s app.

Residents of the area are certainly happy to see the weather pass. Tacoma and West Seattle were hit the hardest. Tacoma Public Utilities reported more than 9500 residents were without power at one point.

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Air Force, Learfield Extend Deal With KVOR/XTRA Sports 1300

A new agreement between Air Force, Learfield, and Cumulus extends an already 40 year partnership between the Academy and stations.

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Air Force Academy Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Hockey games will continue to be heard on Cumulus stations KVOR and XTRA Sports 1300 in Colorado Springs for years to come.

A new agreement between Air Force, Learfield, and Cumulus extends an already 40 year partnership between the Academy and stations.

Air Force football and men’s basketball games will continue to be heard on KVOR-AM, while hockey and women’s basketball games will air on XTRA Sports 1300.

“It’s an honor, once again, to extend our partnership with Air Force Athletics and Learfield,” Cumulus Colorado Springs Vice President and Market Manager Scott Jones said. “These broadcasts of Falcons’ sports are extremely important to us at Cumulus, to our listeners and to the entire community. We’re committed to putting a first-class broadcast on the air to match the product the Falcons put on the field, court and ice.”

Jim Arthur will continue as the play-by-play voice of Air Force football and men’s basketball on KVOR, while Ryan Kaufman will announce women’s basketball.

The two stations will also broadcast coaches shows for football, men’s basketball, and hockey.

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Freezing Cold Takes: Mike Francesa Believes Every Word He Says, Skip Bayless Doesn’t

“He has a knack for saying things defiantly and within a real brief period the opposite happens,” he said.

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Dan Patrick, Freezing Cold Takes

Fred Segal, the creator of the popular Freezing Cold Takes Twitter account, didn’t hold back
when it came to talking about some sports media personalities who are kings of the freezing cold take.

Talking to Dan Patrick on Wednesday, Segal said if there was a Mount Rushmore for hosts who
are often wrong or point out the obvious, FOX Sports host Skip Bayless would be one of the
faces.

“There’s things that he posts that are completely obvious that he can’t possibly think those things rationally,” he said.

Segal has a new book coming highlighting some of the best cold takes centered around the NFL.

“And he also has what feels to be a gimmick, his schtick, where he zeroes in on a player and decides, ‘I am going to constantly berate and say negative things about him and spin any positive into a negative.”

Segal thought of LeBron James and Aaron Rodgers as two athletes in particular that Bayless
likes to rip on.

He also said he’d add Mike Francesa to that Mount Rushmore as well, but for different reasons.
Patrick said the difference is that Francesa is just trying to be right and not troll.

“Out of all the people who try to be provocative on-air and are really concerned about being
entertaining, Francesa is completely honest with everything he says,” Segal said. “But he’s so
defiant about what he says.”

He added that Francesa has this ability of being so confident in what he’s saying, only to end up wrong nearly instantly after saying it.

“He has a knack for saying things defiantly and within a real brief period the opposite happens,” he said.

Segal mentioned Francesa saying the New York Jets would never get two first round draft picks
in a trade for Jamal Adams in 2020. Well, the Seattle Seahawks gave two first rounders to the Jets for Adams and a fourth round pick.

Patrick at least credited Francesa for owning his takes.

“He’s genuine in how bad some of his opinions are,” Patrick said.

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