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Mike Golic Jr. Is Becoming What ESPN Hoped He Would

“Mike Golic Sr. admits that he and his son don’t totally see eye-to-eye on the issue, but he is proud that Junior doesn’t have any reservations about expressing his opinion.”

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Mike Golic Jr. talks a lot about how he approaches covering college athletics in a new profile written by The Athletic’s Christopher Kamrani. Golic, his former teammates, co-workers, and even his father, Mike Sr, are quoted in the piece.

Kamrani writes that Mike Golic Jr has become “exactly what they’ve been hoping would arrive on the scene” for ESPN. He is a former college athlete that is comfortable talking about the inherent unfairness of an organization that makes billions off of athletes it pays nothing.

“People say players are given free this or free that,” Golic says of the idea that a scholarship is payment enough for student athletes. “None of it is free. You’re working a very full-time job in all of this. You can look at it and say, maybe it’s true, maybe in the beginning this wasn’t a multi-billion dollar industry overall. But if everything around the players has changed, why hasn’t anything changed for the players?”

Dane Crist, a former teammate and roommate, praises Golic for his willingness to “call out the B.S. in a game that we all love and appreciate.” Kamrani writes that it is more than just a welcomed change of pace, Golic advocating the need for a college sports players association across multiple platforms owned by the NCAA’s biggest media partner is actually giving ESPN a role in shaping the future of college sports. 

“As basic as it sounds, it’s just the acknowledgement from that current establishment, right? That this is a group we’ll actually deal with in good faith, the way we see within other unions and leagues,” Golic says of the idea of the student athletes unionizing. “There’s obviously a snowball effect in the eyes of the establishment that sees any ground made by the players in all of this as slowly but surely but cracking away at the foundation of this amateurism model that this pedestal that all of college athletics is on.”

Mike Golic Sr. admits that he and his son don’t totally see eye-to-eye on the issue, but he is proud that Junior doesn’t have any reservations about expressing his opinion. That is the only way he would ever grow out of the image of simply being “Mike Golic’s son.” It’s an image that Senior says at this point is simply unfair.

“Does anybody in their right mind — Mike’s been there five years now — think that if he wasn’t good on the air that they would keep him around? That my name still carries that much weight?” Golic Sr. asked. “Hell, they took away my radio show. It’s not like my shit carries any weight anymore”

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Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’

“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”

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They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.

Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.

“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”

Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.

“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”

After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.

“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”

Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.

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99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship

“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”

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The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.

The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.

“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”

“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”

The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.

“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.

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Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats

“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.

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Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.

The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.

Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.

The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.

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