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Mike Golic Jr. Exits ESPN Radio

“As the memo states, a series of co-hosts will rotate through to join Chris Canty for the time being.”

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ESPN Radio has told its affiliates that Mike Golic Jr. is no longer part of the radio network. A memo obtained by Barrett Sports Media reads as follows:

We would like to inform you that as of Tuesday, February 8, 2022 Mike Golic, Jr. will no longer be a part of the ESPN Radio Network lineup. In the interim, our 3-7P ET timeslot will become ‘ESPN Radio Afternoons’, with host Chris Canty joined by an ensemble of co-hosts.  A formal announcement regarding our plans for this timeslot moving forward will be announced soon.

The younger Golic has been part of ESPN Radio since 2015, starting on overnights, and eventually working his way up to morning drive with his father and Trey Wingo. He then made the move into afternoons in August of 2020. The afternoon show began with Chiney Ogwumike but became Canty and Golic Jr. after Ogwumike left radio in September of the following year.

No details were given regarding the separation. The New York Post reports that it was a matter of Golic’s contract ending. The paper’s source says that Mike Golic Jr was offered a new contract, but turned it down. BSM reached out to Golic, but he declined to comment.

ESPN Radio is now forced to deal with another lineup change. As the memo states, a series of co-hosts will rotate through to join Chris Canty for the time being. Whether that will be used to try out potential pairings or it’s a placeholder until a new voice is ready to join Canty full-time remains to be seen.

UPDATE: Golic Jr. commented on leaving ESPN in a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon.

“I came here young, dumb, and very insecure about how I’d be perceived for obvious reasons,” Golic said. “I cannot tell you how much even the smallest kindness meant to me then, and now.

“Thanks to ESPN, my coworkers, my bosses, anyone who ever listened to or watched anything I did.”

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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