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Mitch Rosen Reflects On His Time With 670 The Score

Two of those big Chicago sports moments on the station’s airwaves were both the White Sox and Cubs winning the World Series and ending a generation-old championship drought for both franchises.

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Mitch Rosen has been around the block a time or two in his 18 years at 670 The Score in Chicago.

Rosen has led the station, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, through some of the biggest moments in Chicago sports history.

He appeared on Parkins & Spiegel on Thursday to reflect on his time at the station and the market. Rosen said when he first learned of the station’s launch in 1992, he did have a belief that it would survive.

“I was a news/sports junkie, and I kind of thought it would and followed it, but didn’t follow it that closely,” he said. “Never thought I would be working with this brand when it launched in 1992.”

Two of those big Chicago sports moments on the station’s airwaves were when both the White Sox and Cubs winning the World Series and ending a generation-old championship drought for both franchises.

Rosen said getting the rights to the White Sox was key in opening doors down the road.

“I think what really helped this station was when the station acquired the rights to the White Sox,” he said. “It was obviously the first big franchise on this station. We had the Hawks before the Stanley Cup – bad timing. When the Hawks left The Score, the next year the Hawks won their first Stanley Cup (since 1961). So that was bad timing.”

“But that was the start of great things to come, to have a Major League Baseball team on this frequency,” he added.

Rosen said the station had better timing at the end of the White Sox deal with the Cubs being eligible to make the jump from their longtime home on WGN. He said there was a 10-day window to finish the deal.

“The first year the Cubs are on The Score, they win the World Series,” he said.

Rosen was in the broadcast booth in Cleveland that rainy October night when the Cubs finally won the World Series. It’s one of the top moments that stands out to Rosen.

“It was an incredible feeling most importantly for the audience, but being here and being a part of it and everybody who works so hard on that broadcast…It was incredible,” he said.

Rosen spoke about some of the more difficult times he’s had in his role, particularly having to take phone calls on the day former hosts Doug Buffone and Les Grobstein passed away.

He said his job is really multi-faceted.

“You’re part shrink, you’re part manage egos, you’re part program director,” he said. “But the truth is you really have to be a friend, you have to listen, and you have to make tough decisions. the part I like the most about this job is I care about people, and you try to make people happy, that’s not always the case. But it’s pretty basic.”

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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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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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