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Jason Whitlock, Kayce Smith Address Social Media Spat On Barstool Radio Show

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It’s rare to see people of different backgrounds, from different media companies together on one show. But Tuesday afternoon, Outkick’s Jason Whitlock joined Kayce Smith on her SiriusXM Barstool Radio Show to discuss their recent social media debate. 

Last week, Whitlock wrote a column claiming privilege for attractive women looking for jobs in sports. In the column, Whitlock cited Maria Taylor, Erin Andrews and Katie Nolan as female sports journalists who were helped in receiving jobs by their physical appearance. 

Barstool’s Kayce Smith acknowledged looks can play a role in determining opportunities and success for men and women in the sports media industry, but her issue stemmed from the idea that it can be the only factor. 

The conversation moved toward Whitlock sharing an Instagram photo of Smith in a dress while she was vacationing in Los Angeles. It should be noted, the photo was first shared with Whitlock by one of his Twitter followers, he didn’t appear to have been scouring Smith’s Instagram account for point-making pictures.

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Whitlock claimed sharing the photo was a form of comedy, an opinion Smith and her co-host Kevin Clancy pushed back on. The odd part about the interview was they essentially agreed looks can enhance a person’s sports media success, but debated the idea of Whitlock sharing Smith’s dress photo being “just a joke.” 

The bigger takeaway from this interview should be the willingness of Whitlock and Smith to have an actual conversation following a social media dispute. When two journalists or entertainers from different companies argue on social media, it’s not uncommon for one person to invite the other and their show or platform. But rarely does the invitee accept the offer. They may not have agreed or settled the situation, but credit Whitlock for joining Smith on her Barstool Radio show.

I wrote this earlier in the week after the Twitter quarrel between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Outkick founder Clay Travis. Travis invited Cuban onto his radio show to continue the discussion, knowing the offer would likely be declined. But I have no doubt the offer was genuine. Whitlock actually went ahead and joined someone else’s brand to address a disagreement, a rarity in media.

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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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