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Craig Carton Likely To Return to WFAN, Partner With Evan Roberts

“If Carton does join the afternoon drive show, it would result in the retirement of Roberts’s current partner, Joe Benigno as a full-time host.”

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Craig Carton is closing in on a new deal with WFAN that would see him return to drive time on America’s first all sports radio station. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that WFAN would like to start a new afternoon show with Carton by as early as next month.

Marchand’s column describes Evan Roberts as “the leading candidate to be Carton’s partner.” He also notes that Roberts is the only current member of the WFAN staff being considered for the role.

If Carton does join the afternoon drive show, it would result in the retirement of Roberts’s current partner, Joe Benigno as a full-time host. It is something Benigno has opined about for years and likely is actually something he wants.

There are two other names that were kicked around as potential partners for Craig Carton. The first was former Jets lineman Willie Colon. Colon is not only well-versed in the NFL, he is also a huge baseball fan, which is a plus in New York. Unfortunately for WFAN, Colon is in the middle of a contract with Barstool.

Chris Christie was also an idea that was reportedly floated. The former New Jersey governor is a fan of sports radio and a good friend of Carton’s. Ultimately, Marchand reports, WFAN brass decided bringing in a former Republican governor, who has strong ties to President Trump would be viewed as too politically divisive.

It’s been three years since WFAN listeners have heard Craig Carton on the station. He resigned in 2017 after being arrested for fraud. While he was released early in his prison sentence, he is still on the hook to repay his creditors $5 million. It is no wonder he and WFAN are trying to move quickly to get a deal done and a new show off the ground.

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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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