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Gregg Giannotti: The ManningCast Needs to Eliminate Guests

“They put like three of them on a broadcast, so it’s ‘bring in another guest, bring in another guest’ and it takes away from Peyton and Eli.”

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Peyton and Eli Manning were a hit on ESPN2 last year with their alternate broadcast for multiple Monday Night Football games. The ManningCast saw its audience grow regularly and won praise across the industry.

On Wednesday’s edition of Boomer & Gio on WFAN, Boomer Esiason said it wasn’t always appointment television for him, but he did think the ManningCast had plenty of value.

“To me, if the game stinks, then I’ll turn them on,” Boomer said noting that the Manning brothers are entertaining and knowledgeable enough to make chicken salad out of a chicken you-know-what football game.

According to Giannotti though, the broadcast is not without its flaws.

“I do think they gotta drop the guests,” he said. “The guests are a big problem.”

The guests are meant to provide insight and entertainment. Gio said they actually have a very different effect. They tend to be more distracting than anything.

“They put them on those Zooms and the connection is always terrible and they are talking over each other and there is a delay.”

The Manningcast is designed to be a fully remote set up. Eli Manning is in New Jersey. Peyton is in Denver. The guests join from their homes.

Giannotti understands that there probably won’t come a day when the ManningCast has absolutely no guests. He just wants the stars of the show to have room to make an impact. Fewer guests would be a good start.

“They put like three of them on a broadcast, so it’s ‘bring in another guest, bring in another guest’ and it takes away from Peyton and Eli.”

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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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