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Francesa Goes Off On Trump’s Coronavirus Response

“For three years, the Sports Pope was an open supporter of President Trump.”

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When Mike Francesa announced his new show on RADIO.COM Sports last December, he mentioned the possibility of offering political commentary. Francesa largely has stuck to sports since launching the show in January, leading some to wonder where the political conversations were. 

For three years, the Sports Pope was an open supporter of President Trump. But unsatisfied with the handling of COVID-19 in recent weeks, Francesa has grown frustrated with the 45th President of the United States, while simultaneously showing a willingness to discuss politics on-air. During his Monday evening show on RADIO.COM Sports, Francesa proved he can still rear back and throw a fastball, making President Trump the focal point of his fiery rant.

“He basically accused the hospitals of padding the numbers they need because they were trying to sell or sending out the back door the masks. ‘How do you go from using 20,000 masks to 300,000 masks, can’t be done, go investigate that.’” Francesa said while paraphrasing the President. 

As health care workers around the country and in New York call for help regarding shortages of protective equipment, President Trump recently alluded to masks being sent “out the back door” by hospitals. 

“You go investigate that! You have your military or FEMA investigate that, that’s your job!” Francesa yelled in response to Trump suggesting reporters should find out why hospitals need more masks and medical equipment. 

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“They don’t have the supplies they need,” Francesa said of the medical workers. “Don’t give me the MyPillow guy doing a song and dance up here on a Monday afternoon while people are dying in Queens. Get the stuff made, get the stuff where it needs to go and get the boots on the ground, treat this like it’s the crisis it is!” Francesa continued. 

“How can you have a scoreboard that says 2,000 people have died and tell us, it’s OK if another 198,000 die, that’s a good job. How is that a good job in our country? It’s a good job if nobody else dies!” 

Francesa hosts weekdays on RADIO.COM Sports from 5:00pm ET – 6:30pm ET, with the final half hour also being simulcast on his longtime radio home WFAN.

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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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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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