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Clay Travis, Joel Klatt Say Ignore Stories About Covid Tests

“Host Clay Travis adds that the media making a positive COVID test such a big story points to a flaw in coverage.”

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Fox College Football lead analyst Joel Klatt appeared on Outkick The Coverage Monday morning on FOX Sports Radio and discussed a wide range of topics. Chief among them, however, were the imminent return of Big 10 and PAC-12 football and what he sees as hypocrisy in the media coverage of football in the COVID era.

“I didn’t think it was going to happen,” Klatt, who is calling the Ohio State vs Nebraska game said. “At my lowest point, I was about 99.5 percent sure it wasn’t. I don’t think people really appreciate what we are about to see, how rare this is. Will the Big 10 face challenges? Absolutely. We see plenty of articles written about that but where are the articles written about kids getting a chance to play?  I’m very frustrated with the media. People will cover games like normal and then later write a haymaker of an article saying we should not be playing college football.”

Host Clay Travis adds that the media making a positive COVID test such a big story points to a flaw in coverage.

“The fact that a positive test is a big story is a flaw in the way we talk about sports,” Travis said. “The number of athletes who have had significant issues from a COVID positive test is zero thankfully. That should be celebrated and it’s not.”

Klatt then urges fans to ignore articles that focus on positive tests.

“In all walks of life, the data should shape the narrative,” Klatt said. “The data shows zero severe impacts for coaches or athletes. That’s what should shape the narrative and policy going forward this season. Yes, the fact that we have had positive tests means we should continue to follow safety protocols. That is part of the narrative, too. But any time you read one of these ‘sky is falling’ articles because of a positive test, just disregard it.”

“The fact that they (media members) are traveling to cover games on Saturday and Sunday negates their words that the sky is falling from Monday through Friday,” Klatt continued. “If you feel that it is too dangerous to play the games, then you should not be in a press box. If it is your position (unsafe to play), that’s fine, but I find it interesting that they push fear during the week and then travel all around the country, covering a sport that they say should not exist in on the weekends.”  

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Matt Chernoff: WFAN’s Sal Licata ‘Doesn’t Have The Guts’ to Appear On 680 The Fan Again

“He doesn’t have the guts to come on again. After what happened last time? You think he wants that again? Why the hell would he want that?”

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Would WFAN’s Sal Licata join Chuck and Chernoff on 680 The Fan in Atlanta again? According to Matt Chernoff, no.

During a May appearance on SNY, Licata declared the National League East race over, saying the New York Mets had wrapped up the division. The Atlanta Braves then proceeded to win 14 consecutive games. The Mets currently hold a seven game lead over the Braves in the division.

After the 14 game winning streak, Chuck and Chernoff had Licata on their show to confront him about the opinion, and things got slightly heated, with Chernoff and Licata eventually yelling at each other, before cooler heads prevailed.

The two hosts rekindled their disdain for one another after the Mets won four of five games against the Braves over the weekend, with the two trading barbs on Twitter. Licata joked Chernoff should hope the New York host doesn’t move to Atlanta to win a ratings battle, and called Chernoff a clown before deleting the tweet. He later tweeted “Funny. No invites from Atlanta sports talk radio today,” accompanied by a should shrug emoji. That caught the attention of Chernoff, who addressed it to open his show Monday.

“He (Licata) won’t come on,” Chernoff said. “He doesn’t have the guts to come on again. After what happened last time? You think he wants that again? Why the hell would he want that? He made a fool of himself and then lied about it to his own fans. There’s a reason he didn’t play the audio on his dumb little show. And next time when he’s an hour late, they have that to play instead. I mean, honestly, if he wants to come on, come on. He has no interest. He does not want this smoke.”

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790 The Score Debuts In Providence

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 Reportedly Scores $700K Advance For Nick Saban 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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