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Jeff Cavanaugh Leaving 105.3 The Fan and ‘GBag Nation’

“I LOVE The Fan and all the time I spent here and it makes me sad to leave it behind. But it’s time to follow my energy, so I’m going for it.”

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Jeff Cavanaugh has been a big part of Dallas’s 105.3 The Fan, joining the station in 2010 and quickly becoming a part of the GBag Nation show that began on middays and eventually moved to afternoons.

But that time is coming to an end. Cavanaugh announced on social media Wednesday that he’s leaving 105.3 The Fan. His final day on the air will be Friday, Feb. 25.

“Why am I leaving? I’m following my energy,” said Cavanaugh. “I just don’t have the same love of doing the show every day that I once did and I want to find that again. The thing that energizes me now is trying to build something by myself. So I’m going to try it. I want to be happy, and I’ve been struggling with that at work lately.”

GBag Nation will continue with current hosts Gavin Dawson, Lucious Alexander, and Bryan Broaddus.

Cavanaugh announced that he will host a nightly, one-hour show on his YouTube channel, Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. CT. Additionally, he’ll continue his Trust the Tape NFL Draft podcast that he co-hosts with Broaddus.

NFL Draft and Dallas Cowboys content are what Cavanaugh is known for and he’ll presumably be able to focus on those topics with his own show. But at the risk of speculating, people just need to make a change sometimes. 11 years is a long time at any job. Working for yourself can feel more creatively fulfilling too. Judging from what he said on social media, it appears that’s where Cavanaugh is after an impressive run at 105.3 The Fan.

Longtime listeners and fans will have just over a week to express their appreciation and say their goodbyes to Cavanaugh before he leaves. But they also now know where they’ll be able to find him next.

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WFAN, WCBS Become New Flagship For Rutgers Football, Men’s Basketball

“The multi-year deal begins with the 2022-23 season.”

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Rutgers University and Audacy have announced an agreement that will make WFAN and WCBS the flagship stations for the school’s football and men’s basketball teams.

The multi-year deal begins with the 2022-23 season.

“Rutgers athletics is on the rise under Greg Schiano and Steve Pikiell in the Big Ten, bringing excitement and anticipation to Tri-State area fans,” said Chris Oliviero, Market President, Audacy New York. “WFAN and WCBS 880 will provide listeners with unmatched coverage of the Scarlet Knights and we are honored to add Rutgers to Audacy’s market-leading play-by-play portfolio.”

A 30-minute pregame and postgame show will air on WFAN for all Rutgers football games, while basketball games on WCBS will get a 15-minute pregame and postgame show.

Games will be able to be streamed locally on the Audacy app, and the company said both stations will promote the partnership on-air and digitally, in addition to on-campus events throughout the school year.

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Papa & Lund Make Andy Masur Defend BSM Column

“Masur wrote that Barkley’s personality, and his fit on the Inside the NBA set alongside Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith, makes him such a magnet for attention and the most valuable broadcaster in sports.”

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BSM columnist Andy Masur turned some heads with his recent piece on Charles Barkley.

Masur wrote that Barkley’s personality, and his fit on the Inside the NBA set alongside Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith, makes him such a magnet for attention and the most valuable broadcaster in sports.

Masur appeared on Papa & Lund on KNBR in San Francisco on Thursday and defended that stance about Barkley.

“He dishes it out and he can take it too, which is a quality that a lot of people don’t possess these days unfortunately in our business and out of our business,” Masur said. “I just think that if he says something completely outlandish and it doesn’t completely come through, he expects that he’s gonna get grief for it the next time they’re on the set together. And they usually deliver to give it to him.”

Hosts Greg Papa and John Lund both said you can’t deny Barkley’s personality is part of what makes him as popular as he is. Their issue lies in the fact that Barkley can be quick to say things that aren’t true.

Masur said it’s on Barkley’s TNT colleagues to correct him, which a lot of times they do.

“It’s a double-edged sword too because I think like you said, what we do as far as play-by-play and what Ernie has to do as a show guy, I don’t think that Ernie is in the same boat as we would be if our color commentator made a mistake,” he said. “But I think that Ernie has the ability to step in there, or Shaq, or even Kenny has the ability to step in there and say, ‘No man you’re wrong and here, look at the facts.’ I think that even is more entertaining sometimes too than just the fact that he’s throwing out things and trying to throw them against the wall and see what sticks.”

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Brady Quinn: Jon Gruden Settlement Should Match Broadcaster Contracts

“If all this hadn’t happened, you’re trying to tell me he wouldn’t have been invited back to a TV booth and people wouldn’t have raved about it.”

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Jon Gruden’s lawsuit against the NFL, stemming from his high-profile firing last year, moved forward this week. The case is expected to proceed in open court, and unless the NFL appeals or settles with Gruden, things are about to get very interesting.

A settlement wouldn’t be such a bad thing to make all of this go away. Gruden became the focal point of ire from the football community after emails leaked in the league’s investigation into the Washington Commanders. Gruden was ultimately fired for using racist and homophobic language in those emails.

On FOX Sports Radio, co-host Brady Quinn says if a settlement is on the table, Gruden should command similar money to what Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and others have signed new TV contracts for.

“If I’m his attorney, I’m like, ‘$200 million for a settlement.’ Because in all seriousness, when you look at what people are getting paid in the TV industry, and what he would have done in coaching regardless of his age, sponsorships, it might be a little bit higher than that. It might be $300 million,” Quinn said.

Quinn added that with hindsight being 20/20, Gruden likely would’ve turned back up on TV at some point.

“If all this hadn’t happened, you’re trying to tell me he wouldn’t have been invited back to a TV booth and people wouldn’t have raved about it,” Quinn said. “Now you’re looking at Tom Brady getting $375 million.”

Gruden signed a 10-year, $100 million contract to become the Raiders head coach at the time. He was fired with just over half his contract remaining.

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