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Grant Napear Calls Former Co-Host Doug Christie A Coward

“Christie now co-hosts the afternoon show on KHTK 1140 with station program director and Kings radio voice Jason Ross.”

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Five months ago, Grant Napear lost two prominent sportscasting jobs after responding on Twitter to the Black Lives Matter movement with, “ALL LIVES MATTER.” 

Following the social media exchange with former Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, several others stepped in, including Matt Barnes and Chris Webber alleging Napear as racially insensitive. One retired player who didn’t say anything was Napear’s now former co-host Doug Christie. And for not coming to his defense, Napear believes Christie is a “coward.”

After serving as co-host of the afternoon show on 1140 KHTK and the Sacramento Kings TV play-by-play voice, the sportscaster recently resurfaced with a podcast, If You Don’t Like That With Grant Napear. First reported by Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, Napear recently discussed his relationship with Christie in response to a listener question. 

“I’ve seen many people ask this question, and I’m just like, ‘Why duck it?’ There’s really no reason. Again, if I’m going to be transparent,” Napear said during his Oct. 30 podcast.  “And I’m going to do a podcast and I’m going to do my rants and I’m going to put it all out there, then I’m either going to put it all out there 100% or not at all.”

The question was about whether or not Napear’s relationship with Christie is now fractured. The forthright response saw Napear reference Martin Luther King Jr. and describe his former co-host a “coward.”

“MLK Jr. said this, ‘In the end, we’ll remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’ Basically says comments from your enemies may hurt, right? That’s what that saying by MLK Jr. means, right? Comments from your enemies may hurt,” Napear said. “However, the hurt from friends not standing by and supporting you is forever remembered. Now, I would like to just take all of that and succinctly sum it up in just one word, and that one word is coward.”

Napear moved right on to the next question, which was unrelated to Christie. But clearly, Napear resents Christie’s lack of support as he was painted as someone with racist insensitivities and his career began to crumble five months ago. 

Christie now co-hosts the afternoon show on KHTK 1140 with station program director and Kings radio voice Jason Ross. Joining Christie on the Kings TV broadcast during the NBA restart was Napear’s replacement, play-by-play announcer Gary Gerould who was hired with the interim label.

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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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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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